Airborne Paka-Wallup XC Full Suspension

4.63/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 4.9 MSRP : $1799.00


Product Description

  • The Paka-Wallup, Airborne’s new soft tail design has over 2" (50mm) of rear wheel travel
  • Using 3Al/2.5V aerospace-grade, cold-worked, tapered
  • CNC machined 6/4 titanium optimized flex plate


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Brereton a Cross Country Rider from Oro Valley, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2007

Strengths:    Titanium, build quality, soft tails are lightweight but still comfortable.

Weaknesses:    None that I have found.

Bottom Line:   
I had never owned or even ridden a soft tail before buying this Paka-Wallup on eBay. My FS always seemed too heavy so I built up a lightweight, hardtail racer which was fun to ride but way too stiff for the Arizona desert. This bike has been the perfect combination of my FS and hardtail bikes. It is still fairly lightweight, 4.9 lbs. for the frame with rear shock, but still plush enough that it doesn't leave me beat up after a long ride. I also like that I can ride through small to medium bumps seated - unlike my hardtail - but it still requires some technical skills - unlike my FS which would roll over anything. This titanium soft tail really is a perfect ride and Airborne or someone should keep making them!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   I have never owned a soft tail before.

Bike Setup:   XTR, Manitou R7 Platinum, Chris King/Bontrager Tubeless Wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee a Racer from Hohenfels, Germany

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2007

Strengths:    This bike is Awesome! I've had this for almost 3 years now and have raced it dozens of times. This bike never let me down. Love the feel!

Weaknesses:    Nothing that I can think of. After more than 2 years on the bike, the only change I made was to swap my 120 mm stem with a 130 mm.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike almost 3 years ago and changed nothing except for the stem. This bike rides great, everything fits. This is one of the first bikes that i did not want to change anything.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne

Similar Products Used:   Many XC bikes. I replaced my Litespeed Unicoi with the Paka Wallop.

Bike Setup:   XTR all, SID World Cup shocks, Chris King headset, Thompson Seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Crested Butte,CO

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, fast, light, efficient and climbs incredibaly. Beatiful welds.

Weaknesses:    Rear Shock? Manitou, may not have it dialed in yet. Not bad, just not sure.

Bottom Line:   
Got deal on build out choices and went full weight weenie. Bike weighs sub 23lbs. My first ride on Paka was CB to Aspen and back, 6+ hours each way. Great ride, no fatigue and great climber. Plenty of rear suspension and feels like full to me without any efficency issues. Bike is noticably and measurably faster than previous bike. Handles like dream. SID is fine as i am relatively light at 145lbs. Can't wait to race. Wish Flyte would reintroduce it as this bike is very sexy and very fast.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Airborne

Similar Products Used:   Tomac W/xtr

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Crossmax sl, FSA carbon, SID WC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich a Cross Country Rider from Fredericksburg, VA

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2006

Strengths:    Stable and responsive

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
A fantastic ride. With two othe bikes I couldn't justify the price until the frame showed up on the Airborne Clearance Hanger page for $800.00. The last Paka the had. Travel feels more like 3 or 4 inches but cuts trail and climbs like hard tail. Great for short XC rides or all day epics. I can not find fault with the bike it is wonderful in all aspects. Customer service at Airborne is outstanding. With a lifetime warranty, how can you go wrong!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth,Kona, GT

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi, Kooka, Sram

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LP a Cross Country Rider from WC, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2005

Strengths:    Like an extension of my body, light and stiff on the uphills and flawlessly smooth on the way down.

Weaknesses:    None - this guy with the "lateral stiffness" issue needs viagra.

Bottom Line:   
I think homeboy got a lemon. The bike's manufacturing was marvelled over by my super experienced buds at the lbs, who aren't shy about making fun of the poor choices i have made in the past. yeah, its made in a factory somewhere else, but it is a sweet design that comes to life when im in the saddle. it is like a knife blade - from the first rife i took i was a better rider, after 15 years of pounding aluminum and titanium hard tails - some with shocks, most without. this bike had a little uphill flex compared to the hard tail, but i wasn't losing time or energy on my rides uphill and i got used to it immediately. on the downhill i have the confidence of a moto rider - nothing seems to phase the paka. granted, im not hucking of anything bigger than a foot or so...

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Favorite Trail:   Xanadu - Mt. Diablo Foothills, legendary turf.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne

Similar Products Used:   Tomac Frame, Richard Cunningham frame - the best ever, but aluminum and thus a disposable one.

Bike Setup:   Paka, Fox Float, King, Race Face, Hope, Crank Bros, a bunch of top-notch, pricey gear.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Loganbrew a Racer from Houston

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2005

Strengths:    Low cost titanium framset and, well, not much else...

Weaknesses:    Lacks lateral stiffness, consequently the bike handles unpredictably and performs poorly in fast, tight single track.

Bottom Line:   
Just like riding a noodle... I don't post reviews often, but I happened to be looking to read reviews on another frame when I noticed this one had a couple of 5-chili conclusions that I think are unwarranted. I bought this frameset, built it up, and rode it one time. Not "one time" like I'm trying to sell it "like new", but ONE FREAKIN' TIME because I new instantly that this frame was entirely too compliant to handle fast spirited recreational rides, much less racing. I thought I would be getting a frame like a Litespeed Unicoi, only with some extra travel and with a little less damage to the wallet. Nope! The frame hung in the garage for over a year after my one ride; I was too disgusted at my mistake to put the effort forth to sell it. After finally listing it on eBay, it went for $750. What an absolute mistake. The lack of lateral stiffness is attributable to both a weak pivot assembly at the shock, as well as the tubeset employed (both the dimensional spec and grade of the Titanium material is sub-par). Basically, a great many corners are cut to have a Ti frame made in China, Indonesia, or whatever far-eastern country Airborne builds their frames to effectuate reduced fabrication costs. I'm a Ti lover. It's just great for a multitude of reasons. Before this experience I thought it was just the material that made me love it so much... Now I know, however, to keep with the tried and true builders (i.e. Litespeed/Merlin, Moots, Seven, etc., and the multitude of great single-man custom builders). Their experience and DEDICATION to utilize the correct material and fabrication methods, in lieu of cost, is paramount in producing bikes that customers will both enjoy and advance on for a lifeTIme.

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Favorite Trail:   Rim Trail - Lake Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Airborne Rep.

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000 hardtail, Cannondale Jeckyl, Cannondale Scalpel, Litespeed Unicoi. Also a Litespeed Ultimate road frame under Campy.

Bike Setup:   Scalpel with 80mm carbon Lefty, XT/XTR mix, Mavic/King disc wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by j bailey a Cross Country Rider from mackenbach, germany

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2004

Strengths:    rock solid frame. flawless construction. great design. the ride quality of titanium is worlds better than aluminum.

Weaknesses:    the company needs to offer a substantial fork for such a sweet bike. the marathon SL was available, but the price to upgrade was more than total cost at jenson.

Bottom Line:   
i recently test drove a jaguar x type all wheel drive and a bmw 325 i. this bike is a combination of the two. it has the sure-footedness of the jag and the sportiness of the bmw. like both cars, it makes you want to go fast, and you feel confident doing so. the rear shock easily adjusts to your wieght and riding style. i feel unstoppable on this bike. it looks great and is a mechanical wonder.
my only complaint is with the front fork. however, the company has shown me excellent customer service. they gave me a free upgrade on the bottom bracket and cranks to compensate me for the long wait due to my size of frame being sold out. there was a mix up with the front fork i order (psylo) they sent me some free gear, told me to keep the fork i had, and replace it with a fork of my choosing. in the end i came out on the plus monetarily, but i would have rather have received my dream bike with a quality fork on it (skareb comp, fox 80 x, manitou marathon SL) when i took it out of the box.

all in all this is a superb bike. with the discount offered to military members you get the benefits of ti at the price of aluminum. by the way, my ti frame weighs considerably less than the top of the line AL frames. since ti is stronger, they can use less of it. my bike weighs around 25-26 lbs. it can get as light as your wallet is deep.

thanks airborne for a quality to anything bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2260.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   khs, gary fisher

Bike Setup:   mavic crossland, xt rear, lx front, xt shifters, pilot fork, scorpion 2.0 air light, avid disc, manitou rear shock, eggbeaters s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason b. a Cross Country Rider from armed forces, europe

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2004

Strengths:    customer service

Weaknesses:    none with the bicycle or the company except would have liked a better offering of front forks to match the high end performance of the rest of the bike.

Bottom Line:   
I'm writing this before I've even ridden my bike. I ordered a customized bike in a small frame. The frame was sold out and on backorder. The same day my frame arrived from the factory the great team at Airborne assembled my bike, test rode it, packed it, and shipped it. They remembered who I was and how long I had been waiting. They also gave me a free upgrade on the crank and BB. For all riders out there in the military, since Airborne is sponsoring the Armed Forces Cycling Team, the company is offering all bicycles at 30% off. It's the only way I was in the market for a ti frame.

Will post again after I've ridden the bike for a few months. If you've never shopped Airborn, give them a look.

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Favorite Trail:   don't have one yet

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2260.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   KHS, Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   XT all around except LX shifters. psylo fork. scorpion 2.0. manitou rear shock.

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