Airborne 1999 Black Widow Hardtail Bike

1999 Black Widow

Airborne Black Widow

User Reviews (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10  
Dan   Cross Country Rider [Nov 27, 2001]
Strength:

This frame rocks. Very Strong with the ride quality you would expect from 853. Very stylie Tom Ritchy socket drop outs, very clean welds, beautiful paint and I love the pin up girl decal.

Weakness:

None that I have found in the six months Ive been riding it, could be lighter but I gladly accept the weight penalty for the ride.

This frame is a great ride at a fantastic price. They retail for about 400, i got my frame used for 250. If you can get your hands on one, i would highly recommend it. Nothing rides like a steel hardtail, and the PRICE! I give her five flaming chillis!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
neil marsh   Weekend Warrior [Jan 13, 2000]
Strength:

Robust, light for steel, comfortable, fast !
Love the wishbone rear end, adds comfort without
loss of power transfer.



Weakness:

Top tube could a bit longer , for me.
Would like the weight of the Lucky Strike !!!

Did a few road rides, then took some of my N.Wales Junior team to the 25mile Karrimor Trail. Bike handled Everything!!
Thudbuster was a revelation, as I've only ridden full.sus for the last 5 years.Climbs like an F16, and descended the
frozen trails with no problems.Can't wait to race it in the
Vet's series in 2000. Taking it to Spain for some warm weather training in Feb. and maybe to Lanzorote in April.
Excellent service from Jan Willem Sintnicolaas, Airborne
European office.As the N.Wales Regional Coach, would highly
recommend it for FAST XC Racing/Trail riding. Nice!

Similar Products Used: Raleigh Ti bike, LX/XT
KHS Montana Pro LX/XT
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
edouble   Cross Country Rider [Oct 25, 2000]
Strength:

forgiving ride,awesome climber,geometry,neutral handling and unmatched value. by the way i bought the frame and built it up.

Weakness:

my disc mount was slightly bent and so i now have a v-brake on the back. in all fairness the formula discs are not adjustable like the avids but it still should fit.

reynolds 853-$399,i repeat reynolds 853-$399!. can you say unheard of?, this is one of the great bike deals of all time. plus the bike has the long top tube (24.75" c to c) relatively short chainstay (16.73")and low standover height that you usually only find on much more expensive "boutique" bikes. sure a long top tube may not be as quick handling as a shorter top tube,but the bike is still very agile and most of all predictable. this is a safety feature in itself. 6ft. 2in. and 240lbs hammering down the trail out of control would not be a pretty sight.

Similar Products Used: i have rode many bikes but none like this one.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
joe biker   Cross Country Rider [Jun 17, 2000]
Strength:

steel, disc mounts, bi oval tubing

Bike rides well, airborne does a good job of setup, very little assembly req. They didnt include my 25 bucks for a tune up but hey, I got a great bike spec'd out very well for 1400. One thing if you go with the paired spoke type wheels, a computer magnet wont fit the spoke,,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Trick   Weekend Warrior [May 14, 2000]
Strength:

cheap, has the components I want, awesome looking, customer service, the ride, not everyone has one

Weakness:

scratches easily, brake posts a tad flexy

Awesome, frame has a muted feel to over sharp bumps and also looks great. Customer service has been helpful and upgraded some stuff that I didn't pay for- I got 9.0sl instead of 9.0, hollowtech cranks instead of '99, and mavics instead of bontagers. I cant argue with that. All the components were well tuned from the start. The fillet brazing on the frame is a really nice touch though it probably doesnt help weight. You dont see many of them around so a lot of people stop and ask about it. I love this bike and would recommend it to anyone wanting a good deal on a steal bike

Similar Products Used: trek 830, schwinn s[9five].3
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Sean Lavigne   Weekend Warrior [Apr 28, 2000]
Strength:

Price/Value
Steel Ride
Customer Service

Weakness:

Sent me the wrong wheelset (oops, they upgraded me)

This bike is wonderful. I waited for a few months before I reviewed this bike, since I always hated when people reviewed a bike without having ridden it for any substancial amount of time. Now that I have some real miles on it, I feel I can give a fair review. I received the bike within two weeks of ordering (normal waiting period) without a scratch. Then I noticed that Airborne had sent me the wrong wheelset. I had ordered XT hubs laced to Bontrager rims, and they sent me XT hubs laced to Mavic rims. Then I realized that the wheels were actually an upgrade (about $50), so I decided I wasnt about to complain. A screw-up on their part that may have pissed off somebody else, but not me. Now I have ridden the bike for almost 4 months, I must say that it is the nicest riding bike I have owned. Another nice aspect of the bike for some of us heavier bikers out there is that the frame is more stout then your average cromo frame (Independent, etc). I rode a Super Deluxe, and although it was a wonderful bike, it wallowed under my fat ass. The Airbornes bottom braket and rear end track perfectly, while still providing that cromo sensation. The welds arent the prettiest, but they get the job done. I really cant say enough about this bike, for the price it is the best out there. If you are a core mountain biker (fat ass or not) on a budget, buy this bike. Riders concerned with status and perfect, beautiful craftsmanship may want to go elsewhere. Airbornes are not status symbols, they're great bikes.

Similar Products Used: GT Tequesta, KHS Alite
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Sam W-H   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2000]
Strength:

Smooth Ride, Custom set up, Sharp looking

Weakness:

Paint scratches easily, no free tune up, tiny bit heavier than aluminum.

This bike is great. After having ridden aluminum bikes, steel is simply the best. The ride is not stiff like an aluminum bike and is much more comfortable while it still is very quick accelerating. Longer rides are no longer punishment on your rear.
I bought this bike because I could choose exactly the parts I wanted and the value was incredible. I was able to build up a 24.5 pound bike for only $1300. The bike is also very good looking, with nice looking graphics and sweet metallic black paint.
The only downside of this bike is that the paint can scratch easily. This is annoying but the scrathes can be taken out with car wax.

Similar Products Used: Schwinn Moab 1, Schwinn Mesa GSX
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Marc   Cross-Country Rider [Nov 01, 1999]
Strength:

price/quaility
CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!
excellent climing ability

Weakness:

NONE

I LOVE THIS BIKE!!! I am so pleased with my new Black Widow. I haven't been off it since I received it a couple of days ago. It was securely packaged, however, did come with a few scratches, but hey it gives it character as they say. I also had a brief problem with my seat post collar-- It appears that the screw was STRIPPED, no loss there I got another screw and rethreaded it through the clamp. GOOD as NEW!! Airborne give you a certificate for a $25 reimbursiment for either initial setup or tuneup during the first year of ownership. Out on the trail I get many questions and curious fellow riders looking at my setup (not many Black Widows around) and I must say looks pretty sharp with full XT, Bontrager Mustang Rims, and a '99 Marzocchi Z.2 Atom Bomb. I must say that the customer service has and is SUPERIOR. I don't understand all the problems I have heard about e-mail response time. If an e-mail is not returned, make a phone call it is an 800#. Otherwise, On the trail this bike kicks BUTT, the long top tube is exactly what I was looking for. The ride is great, and the responsiveness is sharp and controlable. If you are looking for a good deal and want a serious cross country hard-tail. Consider the Black Widow. You will be happy you did. Overall, I would have to say that I love this bike and will continue too for many years to come. I wish there were more chilis to give. It is definately a 10 chili!!!
Just my opinionMarc Chasin, M.D.

Similar Products Used: Raleigh M60
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
dan Odling   Cross Country Rider [Aug 18, 2001]
Strength:

fantastic value and ride, much nicer than aluminium and not really any heavier

Weakness:

not avaliable any more

by far the best handling and climbing bike I have ever owned, I can't understand why they stopped making them as not everyone can afford ti even at airborne prices.
Bring back this bike!

Similar Products Used: orange clockwork, kona cinder cone
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jon Hall   Cross Country Rider [Sep 27, 2002]
Strength:

Puts a grin on my face every time I ride it. This is a wonderful bike. Fast, responsive, fun. Soaks up the miles without bashing me to bits. Climbs superbly, controllable down hill. I've even used it with slicks and it thinks it's a road bike.

Weakness:

Paint a little prone to chipping.

I absolutely love it. This bike even makes a mile and a half commute into work good fun. I first saw one of these on a long ride back in Spring 2002 and lusted after it! However, I never expected to get one. Idly surfing the airborne site one day I found this ex-review model in the "Clearance hangar" for $750+delivery+tax that I couldn't really afford. But that's what credit cards are for...

This bike turns heads and makes me very very happy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Showing 1-10 of 10  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.