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Airborne Ti Hag Frameset

5/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Konrad Solomon a Cross Country Rider from Honolulu, HI

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2002

Strengths:    I bought this almost-new from its original owner who was an Airborne employee, so I got a great price. The price above is for my complete bike! Anyway, first off, this is a terrific single speed frame that you can build into a first-rate XC, multi-use or city bike. Strengths are quality of fit and finish and frame aesthetics (gets compliments regularly from strangers even non-cyclists). Also frame geometry is very stable in my 18" example, the ride is pure titanium (efficient and comfortable, stiff enough to take sprints up steep hills if you have typical single-speed gearing and requisite legs). Never feels unsettled, not as dynamic in changing direction as my SR900 Cannondale road bike for example but a joy to ride. The ovalized top tube and biaxially ovalized down tube are doing their job here. The rear stays are sculptural and stiff, personally I like the "tuning fork" seat stay design which is reminiscent of my Cannondale CAAD3 rigid M1000. It's very light and is proving durable. It's a blast to ride on moderate terrain, for intense vertical stuff I still prefer my shifter bike. This frame is designed for a high performance and no-hassle fun ride or tour over 80% of the sub-extreme terrain that's out there. I don't do trials but I suspect with its light weight and durability you could do a little hopping.

Weaknesses:    Honestly, especially for the price I haven't found any. This is a BMX bike for grown-up cyclists! Maybe, if you're a bike snob (which is against the single-speed religion anyway), you may feel this bike does not have the 'cache' of a very expensive titanium bike. If you feel this way, you have succumbed to the more $ = better bike fallacy. The best bike is the one you ride and enjoy riding! This frame is welded and finished to a high standard, the work was not done by Americans but if it were, it would cost much more than it does. I think this is a fair trade, though if money were no object for me I would probably buy an American-made frame (2 of my 4 bikes are).

Bottom Line:   
Single speeders = fun. They're lean and mean. Without shifters and derailleurs and chainrings and multi-gear cassettes, they're unbelievably light which is an advantage going XC esp. long-distance. They're mechanically simpler which eliminates some downtime, adjustment and maintenance requirements or worries and gives you more ride time! The drivetrain is mechanically efficient, and teaches your legs to learn to spin and develop power accordig to the terrain. This bike does everything a XC bike should do, very well.

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Favorite Trail:   Whichever one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Private sale

Similar Products Used:   This is my first XC single speed. I have a Schwinn Panther single speed cruiser, and Cannondale M1000 hardtail and SR900 road bikes. I've ridden many others over 20+ years.

Bike Setup:   Frame was built up with 2001 SID RACE fork, Thompson stem, Kore riser bar, the Airborne headset which is OK, XT V-brakes and levers, Race Face forged crank with spot chainring guard, cool Phil hubs laced to Ritchey WCS Rock rims, Kore elite scandium post and a Fizik saddle. Running Ritchey WCS SpeedMax 2.1 front and ZED 1.9 rear tires with great results.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Bazzell a Cross Country Rider from Murray, Ky.

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2001

Strengths:    nice compliant ride, builds up into a light-weight bike, handles twisty single track with ease

Weaknesses:    for the price NONE!

Bottom Line:   
i have had real good luck with this built up nice and light using a sensible parts zips through single track and up hills and down again without even a hint of any problems....and yes this frame is built over seas..and all im saying is im happy with my frame...the welds look good...maybe not as nice as a $2500 seven frame but you arent having to give the seven price!...oh yeah you get a life time warranty that can be transfered over to another person(for a fee)...airborne as a company is nice to deal wth also...anyway its a good frame for a good price!

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Favorite Trail:   canal loop, Ky. Lake

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne direct

Similar Products Used:   surly 1x1(also a nice ride), home-made junk pile single speed

Bike Setup:   Thomson, King, Paul/WTB wheelset, Easton bars, Spot ring/gaurd,and Fat City rigid fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Chow a Cross Country Rider from Burlington

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff, well made Ti

Weaknesses:    Limited sizes, no disc brake mount

Bottom Line:   
Lowest priced Ti single speed frame you can get. Well made and stiff enough for me. Geometry tends to a shorter seat tube - longer top tub, which suite my riding. What else can I say, it does what it's supose to do and does nothing bad to draw attention.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $799.00

Purchased At:   Airborne

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Unibomber, Wolf Creek Moun-Ti, Litespeed Obed, Brodie Rocket

Bike Setup:   Z2,Speedhub 500/14,XT,Time,WTB

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