Airborne 1999 Lucky Strike Hardtail Bike

4.32/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00


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Airborne Lucky Strike


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael S a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent workmanship and finish. Spot-on geometry. Sweet price.
Great website to assist buyers with sizing and options.


Weaknesses:    Butt ugly stickers...and lots of them.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 6', 180lbs and riding an 18". I used Airborne's website to calculate the frame size. I could just as easily be on a 20" and maybe should, but I really like the feel of the 18" frame. Nice, tight geometry, slices like a bad-mammajamma and climbs great, too.
As mentioned by others, their customer service is a pleasure to deal with. My girlfriend actually got me a corsair to begin with (yeah, ain't she sweet...) but I wanted to run discs. They exchanged the frame, no problem. Though I did ask for them to leave the stickers off of the frame they still put 'em on. Oh well, a razor blade and an hour later and that problem was solved.
Great ride for a great price.
Who should buy an airborne: Those wanting a sweet ti ride without having to sacrifice body parts to get it.

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Favorite Trail:   Yes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Direct via Website

Similar Products Used:   No ti frames. Previous mtbs: GT Zaskar and Specialized M2. Hardtails rule. (yes, i've tried full suspension...)

Bike Setup:   sram 9.0 shifters and der., chris king, magura loiuse, time pedals, raceface, ird carbon bars and synchros carbon post...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch Guthrie a Weekend Warrior from Bedford, IN

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2001

Strengths:    Price, quality, customer service, looks.

Weaknesses:    Chinese titanium, some politically correct people will complain

Bottom Line:   
Very easy to deal with airborne, excellent customer service. I purchased this bike used and had it sent to Airborne to get the bike checked. They tuned it up, checked the frame, transfered the warranty and sent it back to me. I weigh 235 pounds and this bike does NOT flex much at all. I liked this bike so much that I ordered a new one for my wife. This is the best value in a Titanium bike on the market. The purchase by Huffy only seems to have helped them to bring more bikes into the market. Mine is a pre-Huffy and I was worried at first. Not now though. Go check their website at all the cool bikes.

Please ignor Derek's review below. He is just mad over a stripped seatpost clamp because he can't use a wrench.

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Favorite Trail:   Any flat ones

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Individual

Similar Products Used:   Voodoo mountain bikes

Bike Setup:   XT and XTR groupo mix, Rolf Propel wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Foreman a Cross Country Rider from SF, CA

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2001

Strengths:    Frame quality, frame geometry, price, customer service.

Weaknesses:    hmm...cheap stickers, stereotypes from posers.
Not really a weakness, but rather a warning: Due to the excellent climbing geometry of the rear triangle, on decents that same rear triangle takes one-hell-of-a-lot of punishment if your going down bumby, rooty, rocky fire roads. I had to replace my free-hub body in my SPOX rear wheel after about 2 rides at OAT HILL trail in Calistoga, CA.


Bottom Line:   
Frekin' Awsome bike.
Climbs like a champ, decends like a recently released river down the Mississippi floodplain.
I would like to address some of the Nay-Sayers: Huffy did buy out Airborne, yes, that is true...but did you know that the collective card carrying members of the Klu Klux Klan own 50.2 percent of Snapple beverages?
Point is, that we live in a ever increasing world of consolidation. Get over it!
I spent about six months researching what bike i was going to spend my hard-erned money on and i could not find a better bike than the Airborne.
I've learned a few tricks for getting my bike just right. I am 6' 185lbs, and i ride a (smaller than recomended) 18" frame. I place my Selle Italia saddle as far back on my post as possible. This give guys like me (that is most of my height comes from having a long torsoe) an extra little bounce during bumby climbs. Think of it as a See-Saw effect. I also run about 4" of travel on my fork because the geometry of the rear triangle is sooo sharp compared to the long top tube and openess of the front triangle that the bike won't flex vertically even if the fork rebounds from a 3.5" drop. This allows me to clear steep decents without having to streach out and risk the loss of balance. This bike also handles best with a standard no rise bar...not that i have much choice with my stem. If you use a no-binding "old school" Syncros cow-head stem you know what i'm saying.
I think the best feature of this bike is its geometry. It puts the rider right on top of the rear wheel so you can climb (even the tech. stuff) without having to come out of the saddle if you don't want to. Hell, i can even steer around obstacles and switch backs on steep climbs without fear.
PS: You absolutely must run with fat tires. So all you bright orange clad racers throw away your slicks. This is a RIDE HARD bike. It works best if you know how to ride it. That is you have to have some turning skills (like riding my old POWELL PARALTA bmx bike). Trust the bike, that tight, high speed turn you never seem to make at speed...you can make it with this bike.
OH, one more thing...anyone looking to ride in the Bay area, look me up!
Mike

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Favorite Trail:   All Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar, YETI.

Bike Setup:   18" frame size, XT shifters, levers, cranks, BB. Avid Arch Rival, Spinergy Spox (all black spokes-SUPER COOL!), Rock Shox suspension, Syncros (no-hinge) stem, WTB 2.1 tires, icon post, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jayur Mehta a Weekend Warrior from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2001

Strengths:    Great titanium price at an amazing price. Good welds, great geometry. From the time it takes to order this bike, build it and get it through the mail, is fantastic. 14" frame is great for the smaller rider who wants more control.

Weaknesses:    Marzocchi fork not set up well upon delivery. The frame flexes as expected.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great second bike for anyone who doesnt care much about the prettyness of their bike (though I think mine is a work of art). The bike rides fantastic and just begs to ridden hard, I feel as if I have more confidence as a rider because of it. The people at Airborne are amazing also. If a part you need isnt in stock, they will not hesitate to upgrade that part for almost no surcharge.

I've take this bike riding trails, urban assault and just cruizing and in every way this bike performs great. The 14" inch frame makes this bike fantastic for more technical riding and jumping. I highly recommend this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000

Bike Setup:   Deore Lx almost all the way, Avid SD 5 levers and XT shifters. Marzocchi x-2 ZFLY fork and Kore GASS pedal.
Rolf Sattelite wheels and Kore components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Ora Co., Cali

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2001

Strengths:    Durability,quality,graphics,monostay

Weaknesses:    very slight lateral flex in the nasty stuff

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my Lucky Strike frame from the owner of the company at the bike show. I had my LBS do the build up with instructions to make it fast and light with no concern for cost. I have raced this bike in addition to riding it 3+ times a week for two years. It is a great bike! It climbs fantastic and is a joy on fast and technical singletrack. I have never had a problem of any kind. I ride hard and I am 170pds. I have noticed a slight flex in technical sections that involve drops and turns, However that is not the type of riding the bike was designed to handle. I own a number of highline road and mountain bikes and can afford to build what I want and I still find myself riding the Lucky Strike more often than not. I would recommend this frame to anyone that is looking for a quality ride. You can build it for much less than I spent and still end up with a great rig at a bargain price. The build quality and performance is there, don't believe the boutique, pimp ride polishers that say otherwise.

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Favorite Trail:   joplin

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   LB bike show(frame)

Similar Products Used:   Sworks,Ibis,litespeed

Bike Setup:   XTR,King headset,hubs,handbuilt wheelset,Avid mag,White Sl,LP bar,Airborne Ti stem, WTB pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Wright a Cross Country Rider from Tampa FL Usa

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2001

Strengths:    price

Weaknesses:    none really

Bottom Line:   
I Have cracked every frame I have ever owned, mainly because I am an aggressive 215+ lb rider. And true to form I have also cracked this frame as well. Does this Frame FLex? OH HELL YEA, but what would you expect especially with the abuse the frame was under. But the bike has been great. I really have no compliants, It does everything well.
My only concern now is the hairline cracks that developed on the top tube, going across the welds, onto the seat tube. I am afraid that they will not warranty the frame, blame the cracks to perhaps a too short of a seatpost, which honestly is not the case. I just sent it off and will post another result depending on the outcome.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Owl Hollow, Unicoi, Tellico, Fisher Joshua, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   xtr D21 mavic downhill wheelset, xtr cranks, brakes, shifter etc. Superfly frontshock, thompson al seatpost kore stem, titec 118 handlebar, chris king headset.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by CHARLES a Weekend Warrior from NYC,

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2001

Strengths:    TI, PRICE,

Weaknesses:    FLEX, CUSTOMER TREATMENT,COMPANY POLICY, UNABILITY TO RIDE FIRST

Bottom Line:   
I ORIGINALLY POSTED A EXCELLENT REVIEW HERE MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE CUSTOMER RELATIONS. WHAT I DID'NT KNOW WAS THAT 6 MONTHS LATER, AIRBORNE KEPT MY CREDIT CARD # AND BILLED ME MORE $ FOR A REPLACEMENT BAR AND STEM AFTER THE ORIGINAL WAS NOT A GOOD FIT. WHEN THE 2ND BAR AND STEM CAME, I IMMEDEATELY GOT A CHARGE ON MY CREDIT CARD AND THOUGHT I PURCHASED THE 2ND SET-UP. I DID NOT READ THE FINE PRINT AND DID NOT KNOW I STILL HAD TO SHIP THE 1ST SET-UP BACK, SINCE I WAS BILLED. NOW, 6 MONTHS LATER, I AM BILLED AN ADDITIONAL $66 FOR NOT RETURNING THE IST SET-UP.I FEEL THIS IS BAD CUSTOMER RELATIONS, ESPECIALLY SINCE I WAS'NT ABLE TO RIDE THE BIKE FIRST. ALL THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO DO WAS NOTIFY ME WITH A SIMPLE E-MAIL OR CALL, AND INFORM ME I OWED THEM THE 1ST SET-UP. NOT JUST BILL AN EXISTING ACCT, SO BE VERY CAREFUL DEALING WITH THEM

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   AIRBORNE.NET

Similar Products Used:   SCHWINN, LITESPEED

Bike Setup:   ALL LX/XT ATAC,SELLE SAN MARCO,MICHELIN, OURY,EASTON BARS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shane Swanson a Racer from Minneapolis, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2001

Strengths:    The frame is indestructable. It climbs and acelerates very well. I want to consistantly go faster whenever I ride it. The seat stay design reduces frame flex as experienced in other titanium frames when applying the rear brake.

Weaknesses:    Too much lateral flex. Do not try to go MTB trail touring with it as which might be true with any titanium frame. The manufacturer has removed the rear rack mounting holes from angles where the seat and chain stays meet. It will also flex laterally if out of the saddle and sprinting, especially at my weight of 180 pounds. The weight is 3.76 lb for an 18 inch frame, which is heavier for a titanium frame, but the bike is still quite light with the components (~23 lbs) and for the price.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a good alternative to more expensive titanium bikes. I have had mine since April of '99 and have raced 28 XC mountain bike races with it. I have around 2100 miles on it and have had only componentry problems such as broken chain, pulled spokes, pinch and thorn flats. If you weigh more than 180 pounds and ride a 19.5 inch frame this bike may have too much lateral flex for you. The best way to find out if you like is to ask a friend who has one to let you test ride it or go to Airborne in Madison, WI like I did and test ride one for a couple of days. Their service is great and you will not need to use the lifetime warranty for the frame. Good luck finding your ride!

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Favorite Trail:   The numerous trails in Duluth, MN

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Airborne in Madison, WI

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Schwinn

Bike Setup:   XTR, Mavic Crossmax, Manitou Mars 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gustavo a Weekend Warrior from Guadalajara,Jal,Mexico

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    - Ti bike at a great price. That means a great frame to ride in terms of life weight and softness, in my opinion is one of the best bikes price performance.

Weaknesses:    Airborne Saddle it hard, get a different one

Bottom Line:   
I had a Specialized Stumpjumper 90 M2. I was happy actually it is a great bike, but I decided it was time to get a new bike. I went and look at different bikes, my budget was around 1000 USD, I ride twice a week, I have been riding for 7 years. I wanted a light hard tail bike, I will not go into the details of why I discared full suspension bikes.
Anyway, I tried to find a Specialized Stumpjumper M2 and I could not find a decent price on that bike and could not find my size to try the bike. So my second option was Cannondale, I got a good price on a F700 with XT components and I was happy with their suspension. Nevertheless when I started to ride it, I had some problems: Too stiff, center of gravity was too high, which meant that going downhill I did not feel comfortable. So I decided to switch again, after 3 months with my Cannondale. When I bought the Cannondale I did not purchased the Airborne because I could not ride it. But later a friend of mine bought one and I was able to test the bike.
That is when I fell in love with the bike. It was soft as my stumpjumper, but lighter, great bike going uphill and even better going down hill. The frame will last forever, will never scratch. The geometry is very well balance in terms of the size ratios.
Get this bike, do not get scared because you can not test the bike, you will like it.
Price performance I do not think anybody can beat this bike. When I looked at other Ti bikes they were at least 1000 USD more expensive.
Company: Look guys, I am located in Mexico, I exchanged my seat and post, my credit card did not work the first time. Regardless of all the problems they had with me as a customer, they were GREAT, customer service was great. Everything I did was using email, and it worked great.

Maybe you read this and think this is too good to be true. Well is true. There is something bad I have to said their saddle is terrible, get another one, not the airborne saddle.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Similar Products Used:   Specialized StumpJumper M2
Cannondale F700


Bike Setup:   LX Components
RockShock Suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean O'Neil a Cross Country Rider from Missoula MT USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2000

Strengths:    the whole package

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
5 flaming chilies. Please ignore the Jeff (wait for me) Pagan comment below. It is a ridiculous flame-post, and I suspect that Derek Mattice posted it. For some reason, some people need to slag Airborne -- I guess they find it funny. I don't. I have ridden lots of bikes and owned several hardtails, and I have never ridden any hardtail that handles, climbs, descends, corners, and just plain rides as well as this bike. Anyone who has a problem with this bike either probably hasn't been fit correctly, or just doesn't like the Ti ride. As to fit, Airborne's customer service is unparalleled and they will do everything they can to fit you to the right setup. As to the Ti ride, if you don't like it, Airborne also makes a CrMo frame. The bottom line -- there are NO flaws in this bike. If you buy one, you will NOT be disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   secret creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Airborne Direct

Similar Products Used:   numerous Al and CrMo hardtails at varying prices ($500-1500)

Bike Setup:   Marz Z2 BAM, XT crank, front der & bb, SRAM 9.0 SL rear der & shifters, Avid AR 50 brakes and SD 2.0 levers, Salsa Moto Ace stem, RaceFace LowRiser bar, King headset, Ritchey Logic Pro pedals, Icon seatpost, Bontrager FS+10 Race Lite Ti saddle, Colo Cyc wheelset (Mavic 217, DT 14 ga, XT hubs), Panaracer Fire XC pro tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Croteau a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2000

Strengths:    Quality, Value, ability to custom spec. EVERY component and see the price and weight online, customer service, looks, Ti ride.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing, being able to try before you buy.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome, light, responsive and strong.
Buying the bike was the best part.
They have a great website that simplifies the whole process. I found the fork (a demo at 1/2 off retail price) on their classified ads page and went from there.They don't make the Lucky Strike without Disc tabs any more so I asked them if they had any more of the old frames. The president of the company e-mailed me back saying that he had one left with a blemish on the decal and gave me a good discount. I asked him who I could call to spec. the rest of the bike and he gave me his direct number. Spent about 45 minutes going over each component after asking me some basic questions about my height, weight and riding style. A week later, the bike was at my house. After spending an hour carefully unpacking the bike, attaching the handlebar, my pedals, front wheel, and seatpost, I was on the trails.
It climbs like a goat and is fast and stable. After a week or so, I decided to get a longer stem so I called them up and they sent me a new one for free.
Now it's perfect.
I highly recommend the company and their bikes to anyone who wants a quality Ti bike at a budget price.

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Favorite Trail:   Ringwood, Mahlon Dick.,Tourne

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1954.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Specialized hardtail, Klein hardtail, C-Dale hardtail,

Bike Setup:   XT drivetrain, Avid mag brakes, White Bros.SC72UL fork, Airborne Ti saddle, Ti Barends, Panaracer Fire XC tires, Bontrager Race wheelset, Raceface handlebar, total weight 23.2 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from CA (soon to be from TN!)

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2000

Strengths:    Frame, weight, bike handling, individualized component selection, customer service, value for the dollar.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing: the cable guides/braze-ons are located on the bottom of the top tube. This makes carrying the bike difficult. Also, with Airborne, you cannot test ride the bike before buying.

Bottom Line:   
I have now owned my Lucky Strike for 13 months and have probably put 2,000 miles on it on dirt, rock, and desert sand (I ride almost exclusively off-road). The bottom line is that this is a great bike, especially when you consider the price. I daresay that it rides as well as Ti bikes twice the price.

There's not much I can say that hasn't been said below on the positive aspects of this bike and how it handles. Just some thoughts:

- I have crashed this bike multiple times -- hard. There have been no structural effects to the frame from these wrecks, and the worst thing that happened was a bent brake lever (that my LBS was able to fix).
- I "upgraded" from the Rock Shox suspension seat post to a rigid carbon fiber post -- I didn't like the feel of the sus. post under my rear. The combination of the Ti frame and the sus. post actually provided too much vertical flex. Now, with the rigid post, the feel is perfect.
- The frame is rigid in all the right places (laterally), and flexy where it is supposed to be (vertically).
- The $1,300 price listed at the top of this page for this bike is a bit of a red herring. That price would be with the bottom end components only. I had to spend $2,100 to get an XT Lucky Strike that weighs 23.5 lbs. My guess is that the guy below whose bike weighs 20.5 lbs. (!) must have spent close to 3K. Yes, there is an inverse relationship between the amount you spend and the weight of the overall bike. This relationship is easy to see when you are spec-ing out your bike on Airborne's cool web page.
- I found that individually picking my own components was one of the best things about this bike. You get a ride that is personalized for YOU.
- Customer service: 1) I got a free upgrade on my wheelset (almost a $150 value) simply because they were out of stock of the set I ordered. 2) I have changed my stem free of charge four times under the fit guarantee (yes, I'm a perfectionist and am trying to "detail" the fit). With each request, Airborne has sent me a new stem free of charge.

This is a great bike at a greater price. The only danger is that the consumer will listen to those like Derek who for various reasons are threatened by the Airborne Corporation, instead of purchasing one of these wonderful mountain bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   many many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, GT, Cannondale.

Bike Setup:   - 19.5 Lucky Strike Frame
- XT Drive Train and Brakes
- XTR Cassette
- Bontrager Valiant Asym Rims w/XTR Hubs
- Manitou SX Ti fork
- LP Composites Carbon Fiber Seat Post (I got rid of the Rock Shox suspension post)
- WTB SST.X saddle
- Bontrager RE-1 Clipless Pedals
- $2,100; 23.5 lbs total

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Erik Tedesco a Cross Country Rider from Bristol CT

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2000

Strengths:    Strong construction, bike has stood up to some abuse on trails. I weigh in at 190 pounds and am an avid twice a week rider in trails alone. The bike is responsive in tight technical areas and is a great climber. The fit of the bike is comfortable as well as efficient. Also the bike does not make creaking noises as aluminum bikes do and absorbs more of vibration than aluminum frames.
I purchased my Airborne on the internet and found the whole experience outstanding. There staff was informative and to the point. All options I had selected with the bike came in 100% correct. And the bike was reveived a day ahead of their promise date. A nice follow up card and call was also done to check out satisfaction as well as how the minor assembly went together, nice touch.


Weaknesses:    Only one - the headset froze up on me. Airborne sent me a new one overnight.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was a great purchase from the start. I purchased the bike on the internet which initially I had felt akward about. But dealing with their staff was a pleasure. Every component I had selected was all there 100 percent. And the bike was even received a day ahead of schedule.
This bike is not a cheap entry to Titamium. I am a 190 pound rider who rides twice a week religiously and not on gravel roads. This bike handles extemely well and is a great climber. I would definetely recommend this bike to anyone interested. See you on the trails, I will be the one who just passed you out with an smile from ear to ear.

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Favorite Trail:   Nepaug Resevoir

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Owl Hollow
Balance AL-750


Bike Setup:   XT V Brakes, Sram gripshift, Sram rear and XT front, Judy Race shock, I.R.C. Mythos tires, W.T.B. headset and XT front and rear hubs with Asym wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TommyD a Weekend Warrior from Oxford, MS

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2000

Strengths:    Wow.. it's wicked fast, first of all. The brakes are excellent, as is the drivetrain. I loved picking-out the parts myself, and it's also a good-looking bike. It's good going both uphill and downhill - nice and light. And you can't beat the price.

Weaknesses:    Well, if you're a label snob, you'll either have to get over the name or buy something else.

Bottom Line:   
The service department at Airborne was top-notch. The bike gets me around town during the week, and on the weekends, it takes me everywhere else.

Airborne sent the bike partially assembled. If you're not comfortable installing the seat, handlebars, and pedals, you can bring it to a bike shop for assembly and Airborne will rebate the cost up to $25. Excellent.

Also, be careful with the parts picker - you can end-up shooting yourself in the foot if you're not careful. And get over companies, people. Ride!

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Sardis

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Trek 830, Trek 8000

Bike Setup:   standard LX set-up, with a few parts tweaked here & there

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave O a Racer from S of Durango,CO

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2000

Strengths:    Tough,durable and has a good geometry
for tight corners and technical areas.
Much smoother ride than my old M2 Stumpy.


Weaknesses:    I have an occasional creak but i
think it's the XT chainrings wearing
out.I go thorough those frequently
from lots of climbing...


Bottom Line:   
I've had the pleasure of riding the Lucky Strike
for 2 years and still have great performance from
this well built bike.I race,ride many miles in
training and it still never fails.I have ridden
the Obed and i liked it also,but it didn't feel
any better than the Airborne.The fit acually felt
less efficient since it was slightly larger.

There is a posted review from Derek Mattice that
has been revealed on another bicycle site to be
untrue.He doesn't even own an Airborne,admitted
he just wanted to stir controversy.It is a case
of pure jealousy that Airborne owners can get such
a good deal and others gotta burn their wallets to get
a Ti bike.

My father (expert welder) inspected the welds and
told me that they are natural and not ground.No
pinholes or flaws that would affect the integrety
of the frame.The finish is not bead-blasted like
a Moots or LS but is is semi polished and brushed.
Easy to fix when scratched on rocks.I don't see why
Airborne is criticized for it's unfinished look
when a heavy duty downhill bike like Brooklyn Cycles
specializes in unfinished,rough Heavy Metal parts
that can be only described as jewelery for death
metal groups.

I have tested this bike in some of the most rugged
conditions of the US,my own backyard.From easy short
trips,challenging singletrack to steep technical
terrain,this bike can deliver my skills effectively.
I can climb 1000s of feet in altitude with ease and
bomb down Haflin Canyon,a very steep and technical
area near Durango that no average riding tourist
should ever try.And if you do,better buy a $1 CO
outdoor rescue card or you'll get charged the full
amount for rescue if ya get hurt,which is entirely
possible there.(hundreds to $1000s of $$$$).

I don't believe those kind of riding conditions exist
in the state of Michigan,Derek.We have REAL MTS,REAL
ALTITUDE ASCENTS/DESCENTS,REAL MTN BIKING for MTN BIKERS!
Take my advice Mr Mattice; stop riding pavement to
the 7-11,take a trip to some genuine mountain country
with mts over 12,000ft and live up to your claims
of what a superior bike is.Maybe it's not the bike,
could be the rider....

Anyway,The Airborne is a proven bike that can handle
terrrain superbly with durability.Only the rider will
set the limitations what it can do on the singletrack.







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Favorite Trail:   Alien Trail,NM/Colorado trail,CO

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Specialized M2 Stumpjumper,
Trek 7000,Lightspeed Obed(tested)


Bike Setup:   XT-XTR components,Manitou SX-Ti,
Mavic Crossmax,USE seatpost

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