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Airbourne Spectra(5 posts)

Airbourne SpectraTri Newby
Aug 27, 2002 4:17 PM
I've been duathlon training for the last three months and I'm now in the market for a proper bike to compete on. I've heard that 'serious' duathletes/triathletes, have a training cycle and a race cycle. Is it possible for me to do both on an Airbourne Spectra? I've read reviews were people are riding 90+ miles on it and I don't envision putting that sort of milege in, yet. I'm partial to Airbourne and would welcome some suggestions.
re: Airbourne SpectraRaf1
Aug 27, 2002 6:43 PM
I don't see why you couldn't both race and train on it. My on advice is to have two sets of wheels, strong training ones and aero ones for racing (TT especially). I wouldn't train and race on the same set of Zipp's.

The new finish of Airborne bikes is beautiful. Best looking ti on the market. I didn't like the old finish but now it is like day and night. Wouldn't get anything less than a '02 model but you won't be disapponted.

Oh, and the name is Spectre not Spectra
re: Airbourne SpectraAkirasho
Aug 27, 2002 7:15 PM
... got two, and they compliment a couple other specialty bikes.

Initially, the Spectre was purchased to replace an aluminium (Cannondale R2.8) road frame, modified for TT's. Indeed, the overall feel of the frame is more compliant over rough stuff, especially while on the aeros. The geometry of the Spectre makes it a bit less rigid than many full on Tri or TT bikes (save perhaps the Cervelo Soloist, or Kestrel Talon) with respect to ride venue (could go with cowhorns for flatter courses... or (with a bit of work) equipped with drops for hillier venues (the second frame is being built up with drops).

From time to time, Spectre frames come on the market for a fraction of retail... in fact, Airborne has had garage sales in the past where real frame deals could be had. If you were in the Dayton, Oh area when they had one...

... one word of caution...

Airborne is introducing a new frame soon (probably at InterBike) named Torch and the rumors surrounding it go from a replacement to the Zepp to a true aero tubed TT/Tri.

Airborne has created what every other titanium bicycle company said couldn't exist

Jamie Raddin
President / Founder
Airborne Direct

"Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades."
- Eddy Merckx

There are reports of at least one running around the area (clad in black tape), but I've not seen one and I honestly don't know... but it might be worth waiting to see...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Airborne SpectreTifosiman
Aug 28, 2002 9:18 AM
I can tell you that the Torch DOES NOT replace the Spectre. The Spectre will remain the same for 2003. So if you are thinking of one, don't wait for the Torch. It is something all-together different and not a TT/Tri bike.........
re: Spectre specialsSteveS
Aug 28, 2002 10:20 AM
Go to the Airborne website or give them a call, there are some brand new specials on the Spectre effective today.