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Are Zion frames the new Airborne?(5 posts)

Are Zion frames the new Airborne?eyebob
Dec 17, 2002 12:13 PM
I see the ads and they look like inexpensive Ti like what Airborne used to be before they raised their prices. Anyone have any experience with them. They are based out of Chatanooga. Hmmmmm I wonder if LiteSpeed have their hands in this.....

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re: Are Zion frames the new Airborne?rdbkr
Dec 17, 2002 12:36 PM
They do indeed look like a product of Litespeed. Check out the Macalu frame sold by Excel Sports, which I'm pretty sure is built by Litespeed. They look like the same frame:

http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&major=1&minor=1&description=Pro+Titanium+Road+Frame&vendorCode=MACALU
Macalu is indeed built by Litespeedjtolleson
Dec 17, 2002 3:36 PM
Even have a sticker near the bottom of the seat tube that says so. I think it is basically a rebadged Arenberg.
re: Are Zion frames the new Airborne?JFST
Dec 17, 2002 2:50 PM
Their mountain bikes look exactly like 2002 Litespeed Pisgahs down to the dropouts and and the the road bikes look almost exactly like their lower end Ti road bikes. They also happen to be manufactured in the very same town... You figure it out. I wonder if they are just the same frame with different decals or are these the the frames that don't quite meet Litespeeds quality control standards and are then sold to other companies :)
re: Are Zion frames the new Airborne?Josh-at-excelsports
Jan 11, 2003 12:33 AM
They are suspiciously from the same town aren't they?! :) They also have the same headbadge sometimes too....very interesting. I would say more but....I can't :) Keep your eyes peeled i think thier may be some new models on the horizon...