Airborne Lancaster 2003 Hardtail

5/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $899.00


Product Description

For 2002 Airborne introduces its latest Titanium hard tail, maintaining our high standards of impeccable craftsmanship and consumer value. The Lancaster incorporates integrated options for either disc brakes or V type, classic Airborne geometry and braze-on features galore. (Four sizes available in High Lust Polish: 14, 16, 18, and 20")


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2006

Strengths:    Handling (don't think, just point it and go), looks, timeless

Weaknesses:    None that are really important, ground clearance could be a bit more but now the center of gravity stays low which is an advantage as far as handling is concerned.

Bottom Line:   
This bike suits me very well, from the first ride on I liked it. Steering is a good compromise of agility and stability. Feels secure, does exactly wat you want it to do.
Because the frame is long for its height I use a riserbar which gives a little bit of extra control in the tight stuff. The frame is not too heavy, weighs around 1.6 kg for a 16".
If you're looking for a sporty hardtail this frame is definitely worth considering.
I'd surely recommend the Lancaster to a friend. He'd have to buy a new one though because I'm not selling this one! :-)

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Favorite Trail:   anything with a lot of curves

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bike2build

Similar Products Used:   Marin Pine Mountain/XT, No name alu/XT, Cannondale SuperV/X9

Bike Setup:   Magura Ronin forks, Cane Creek thudbuster seatpost, X0-X9 shifting, XT756 discs, Mavic 717 rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph Schlau a Cross Country Rider from Schaumburg IL

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2005

Strengths:    I previously submitted a review for my 2001 Lancaster. Unfortunately a weld broke near the top of the seat tube. I called Airborne and returned the frame. Within 3 weeks I received a brand new 2005 frame. The 100% guarantee was honored without question.

Weaknesses:    When the frame was returned, there was a warning to make sure the bottom ot the seat tube is below the junction of the top tube and seat stays. There was no such warning on the 2001 model and this may have contributed to the failure of the weld as I have had the seat post in different positions depending on the intended use of the bike. In any case they honored their warranty as they stated they would.

Bottom Line:   
I am always reserved when I see a 100% warranty on any product. In this case Airborne came through as they stated they would. They are a firm which can be trusted.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne Direct

Bike Setup:   Mavic wheels, King headsets and hubs. XTR Brakes, SRAM XO shifters & deraileur. The bike is set up for year round commuting most of the time

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph Schlau a Cross Country Rider from Schaumburg IL

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2004

Strengths:    Their titanium frame is excellent to build up a custom bike for multiple purposes, which I did. Customer service was helpful to select the right frame for my purpose. While it is a basic mountain bike, the titanium frame in combination with the Manitou Black fork soaks up road bumps. 90% of the time it is used for all season commuting in Illinois. The Titanium frame is worry free from road salt corrosion. Like the 100% guarantee, the 30 day examination, and the option to recertify the frame for resale (with warranty carried to the new owner) 50% crash guarantee if you "crash" and damage your bike.

Weaknesses:    After 3 years and 6000 miles, I am still waiting to find one. I am now in the process of replacing the original components but the frame (with the exception of some decals) looks as good as the day it arrived. Replacement decals in double sets are available for $20.

Only minus for me, the frame is made in China not USA. Assembled bikes can be labled as made in USA.


Bottom Line:   
Give the products at Airborne a look. Excellent product with excellent customer service. Customer service and ordering was easy. The 30 day inspection option relieved any anxiety about internet buying. There are now some dealers. They have an interesting web site.

While no single bike can serve all purposes perfectly, the Airborn Lancaster has allowed me to use one bike for all season commuting, touring and long distance trips.

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Favorite Trail:   RAGBRAI Iowa

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Airborne Direct Sales

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, Trek steel frame bikes

Bike Setup:   Manitou Black fork, Easton handlebar, XTR Ceramic Brakes, Sram X0 shifters/derailer, XT hubs on Mavic ceramic rims, crank & BB. Set up with a light, Airzounds horn, bike rack for urban commuter use. Am upgrading to Chris King hubs and AVID front disk brakes. Original Mavic X517 rear rim replaced with Mavic D521 36 spoke due to failure of the 517 after 2000 miles.

With Nokian tires the bike is ready for snow and ice, with road tires it made the RAGBRAI run across Iowa.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003

Strengths:    Weight, looks, and quality of finish

Weaknesses:    More of a feature than a weakness, it has a very short seat-tube so you will need a good quality seatpost - I got the Airborne Ti one and it suits the bike very well.

Bottom Line:   
I think this bike has the makings of a classic. Don't be put off by the apparently strange sizings, I am 5'8" and a 16" fits me perfectly although I would normally go for 17" or 18". Use the Airborne sizing charts and you will be right. You do end up with a lot of seatpost showing so get a good one, the Airborne Ti is the obvious choice. The net result is a bike that is very agile when the going gets rough but is still stable a speed. It's light and will last forever aswell. You can't go wrong

Aiborne downplay the finish quality of this bike in favour of the more expensive bikes, but really how much quality do you need? This one looks pretty special.

If you're in the market for a top-end hardtail, put this one on your shortlist.

Hell, I even quite like the decals.

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Favorite Trail:   Still looking

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Bike Setup:   Duke Race fork, Easton monkeylite bars, mostly LX components, Mavic 317 and Hope hubs and brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Braveheart a Cross Country Rider from Kent, UK

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2003

Strengths:    Strength, weight (or lack of it, should I say), lovely damped Titanium feel, quality of build and finish. Excellent Airborne customer service. Price much lower than certain competitors.

Weaknesses:    The decals tend to chip off, but with a new set for $20 from Airborne, guess whose bike willl still look like new in 10 years?

Bottom Line:   
This frame's ride and handling are superb. The Titanium soaks up so much of the rough stuff, without any loss of power transfer. It inspires a level of confidence I've never felt on any other hardtail, and it handles the steepest clims and descents with equal ease. If you're in the market for a new agressive XC hardtail, and you've got the cash, then look no further.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Halfords Bike Hut (Frame Only) £330, clearance

Similar Products Used:   Klein, Kona

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Duke Race, Hope XC/Mavic 317 wheels, Shimano XTR, egg beaters, Easton EC70 carbon straight bar, Thomson stem, Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow saddle, Airborne Ti seatpost, Race Face headset (Chris King soon).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil Bailie a Cross Country Rider from Northern Ireland

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2003

Strengths:    Fantastic sprung titanium feel, excellent overall handling, great power delivery and climbing ability, top notch build quality, unbeatable price and service.

Weaknesses:    Stickers easily damaged, no disc cable routing to rear wheel, can feel a little sketchy on tight twisty stuff and very steep downhills due to the long top tube (not enough to have you off though)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is fantastic for aggressive XC. The titanium ride quality is stunning compared to both steel and aluminium. The Fisher Genesis-style elongated top tube / short rear triangle generally works very well, especially when mated to a short stem. It can feel slightly clumsy in tight twisty stuff on on very steep downhills but not enough to put you off doing them. Compared to Specialised's top of the line S-works M5 I've noticed very little difference in the handling characteristics but the difference in the ride quality is night and day - the titanium Lancaster feeling sprung and alive whilst the aluminium M5 feels like it's made of concrete. I'm very happy I bought it.

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Favorite Trail:   Mourne Mountains

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Halfords Bikehut

Similar Products Used:   Specialised S-works M5, Kona Lavadome,

Bike Setup:   16" Lancaster Frame, 2001 Judy SL forks, Shimano XT hubs with Mavic 519 rims, WTB Momentum headset, Raceface SYStem, Easton EA50 riser bars and seatpost, Flite saddle, XT gears, Deore cranks and rings, PC59 chain, VP104 pedals, LX V-brakes and levers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Racer from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2003

Strengths:    Great geometry. Lively feel. Long wheel base. Price. Customer Service.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing. Decals chipping off in some areas. Decal design.

Bottom Line:   
I am a racer and I built up this frame for that reason. The great thing about Airborne, and the fact that I work at a shop, is that I was able to build up a race worthy bike without having to starve myself(I am a poor college student). The first real test for my bike was 24 Hours of Nine Mile, in which I was very pleased with the bikes ride and handling. Second was last fall's collegiate mountain bike season. I found that the bike handled even the steepest climbs wonderfully and was just as solid on the way down. The bike is Alive with out being twitchy and solid with out being dead. If you are a rider or racer on a budget, this bike should be seriously considered. Nothing matches the feeling of a solid Titanium frame. Even if you can afford more expensive, this frame is still worth a look.

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Favorite Trail:   The River Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   The Recyclist

Bike Setup:   Lancaster 18in frame, Sid SL 2002, Full XT, Avid Single Digit 7 Brakes and Levers, Custom Wheelset, Titec Ti seat post, Titec Ti stem, Titec Ti handlebars, Sram PC-89R Chain, Time ATAC Comp pedals, Cane Creek S2 Headset

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