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Airborne?(9 posts)

Airborne?repoman
Jan 18, 2004 5:10 PM
Anyone know anything about the brand Airborne? Where are they made and how are they- quality, ride,etc? Thanks!
Chinese built, American designedKerry Irons
Jan 18, 2004 7:07 PM
They started out as a strictly low-end Ti bike line, but have added a higher line frame in the last year or so. I don't know where the tubes come from. Their owners seem happy with them. You'd have to ride one and compare it to a comparably equipped bike from another manufacturer to draw a conclusion on ride.
re: Airborne?bsdc
Jan 18, 2004 8:13 PM
I had an Airborne Zeppelin. It was a little long in the top tube for me. It rode great. Plenty stiff but not a harsh ride.
re: Airborne?Akirasho
Jan 18, 2004 8:35 PM
Anyone know anything about the brand Airborne?

... yup, their NA headquarters and distribution is just down the road... so locally, you see a lot of 'em round here (got two myself).

Where are they made?

... Airborne is fairly secretive about the absolutes, but yes, they are built in China (mainland I believe) by an aerospace contractor cum frame maker.

How are they - quality

... I've never heard of an Airborne frame failure due to construction... they are warrantied for life... and the look of their welds is quite clean and pleasing, ever so slightly larger than say a Moots or Litespeed (at least on their titanium models). Depending on the specific frame, they can exhibit design philosophies that are concurrent with industry norms (butting, and tube manipulations)... about the only thing they've stayed away from heretofore, is the integrated craze.

Ride,etc?

I have no scientific basis for my opinions but here goes. Currently, I have two titanium bikes... a Spectre and a Manhattan Project. They are in addition to a large number of aluminium frame'd bikes... and as such, appear to be a bit more vertically compliant than said Al... The Spectre supplants a couple of aluminium TT bikes and feels smoother (with the same wheelset) over the rough stuff while on the aeros than the aluminium. The Manhattan Project seems to have enough vertical compliance over rough surfaces to notice a difference over my aluminium models while remaining laterally stiff... especially in the rear triangle. Again, these are my subjective comments (I still love my aluminium rigs BTW)

Thanks!




You're welcome...

Be the bike.
How do you decide which bike to ride each day?Spoke Wrench
Jan 19, 2004 9:59 AM
You've got a pretty extensive collection. Do you have some kind of rotation? Do you have favorites that get/give more service? Do you have some old ones that just gather dust? Do you ride a blue bike on sunny days and a gray bike on cloudy days?
It involves chicken bones and goat's blood...Akirasho
Jan 19, 2004 10:33 AM
... no offense to anyone's religon...

I'd by lying if I said that I ride them all equally... or that indeed, a couple haven't seen pavement in a year or so (the Milano has less than 2 miles on it)... or that I don't favor a couple... but, in general, they each serve specific functions... with just a tad of redundancy (one R2.8 is basically a backup... which could also be cannibalized for parts if necessary... one CAAD3 is a trainer/fit reference frame that might go out early in the season... Likewise, on the TT bikes... I generally move up the tech ladder as the season progresses... with a bit of redundancy/backup/parts).

Last season was craptacular due to illness... as I'd planned on spending much of my time aboard the Klein or CAAD5... before that, I'd spent most of my time on the MP or 'bent with the earlier part of the season going to the Super V900 (extra weight, rolling resistance and pedalling technique (the Super V will bob if mashed)). This season, I plan on putting miles on the Klein and Kuota... if I can get my condition under control.

And, yep... the blue bike is definitely a sunny day bike... It places me in the most radical aero position of any bike and I'd only use it on clear and sunny... short ride!

Be the bike.
re: Airborne?repoman
Jan 20, 2004 8:40 PM
Akirasho,
Thanks for the info. I am still undecided as to what to purchase for the spring. I need something stiff, stiff, stiff...I have a Bianchi with carbon stays, fork and it truly feels that it does not have the "snap" I would prefer. It rides smooth, but comfort isn't everything. Ok, thanks again for the reply and take care. NICE bikes you have. Know of anyone selling a Airborne Zeppelin 54cm?
Huffy owns them:Dave_Stohler
Jan 19, 2004 4:57 PM
And they are made in China.
... actually, Raddin bought it back...Akirasho
Jan 19, 2004 5:31 PM
http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2002/11/04/story6.html
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/dbj-1102.asp

... though there is still some connection as Airborne and Huffy share some facilities in Springboro, Ohio.

Be the bike.