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Which Airborne finish? Brushed or bead blast?(8 posts)

Which Airborne finish? Brushed or bead blast?gseely
Dec 2, 2002 7:38 PM
I have an Airborne Zeppelin with a polished finish. I'm tempted to pick up an Airborne Lucky Strike MTB because they have some superb deals on 2001 closeout frames in my size-- but the good deals are in bead blast and brushed finishes. It is impossible to see what these look like on their website. The bead blast is $100 less than the brushed. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Greg
re: Which Airborne finish? Brushed or bead blast?collinsc
Dec 2, 2002 9:55 PM
hardly impossible.

brushed:
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/images/xl_mp_frame.jpg

bead blast:
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/images/xl_vk_frame.jpg

as you can see, brushed is quite a bit shinier than bead blast which is much more industrial and flat grey. the brushed is a very very nice finish in person.

I should know. I have both.

do you like shiny or flat? if you like shiny is shiny worth $100?
Spend the $100Starliner
Dec 2, 2002 10:32 PM
the bead blast will look too proletarian, while the brushed finish will look more elegant
Yes, we wouldn't want our ti bikes to look proletarian ; ) (nm)jtolleson
Dec 3, 2002 7:10 AM
Exactly. Why have a bike look as if it's made by communists? nmStarliner
Dec 3, 2002 3:56 PM
but it will still be an AirborneColnagoFE
Dec 3, 2002 7:54 AM
;) just kiddin ya. I've heard they are good bikes for the $. Brushed will looks much better.
I would have it painted blood red...Uncle Tim
Dec 4, 2002 8:00 AM
...to symbolize the torture and suffering of political prisoners in the People's Republic of China, where the bicycle frame is manufacured.
I would have it painted blood red...4bykn
Dec 4, 2002 2:41 PM
Nice Soapbox.