Airborne Corsair Frameset

Corsair TI frame

User Reviews (11)

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Jake   Weekend Warrior [Jul 08, 2003]
Strength:

Titanium frame for $600, Weight, Durability, Simplicity

Weakness:

Some might complain that bike is welded overseas, but it still has nice welds.

Very pleased with this frame, assembly went well. You can get lighter aluminum frames that are around the same price, or you could pay almost twice as much for a top of the line ti frame. The decision was pretty easy for me. I will wait to review the entire bike, but I doubt much will go wrong with the frame. If you want to save even more money consider buying parts online. My total came to about $1550 as opposed to the $1899 price tag in the store. I also have pictures of the bike, email me if you're interested.

Similar Products Used: Bianchi Lynx SX (Aluminum) Genesis (Chromoly)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
arjan   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2001]
Strength:

flex in frame, light, beautiful

Weakness:

seat post clam (?) broke very soon after i bought the bike

buying from the internet is scary because you're not shure what you get, but this one i am not going to send back! I like the flex in the frame-enough suspension for me (who needs sups. in the Netherlands??) and it's very light compared to what I've ridden before

Similar Products Used: be-one weblite (stiff alu), santos scc 03
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Steve   Racer [Aug 03, 2001]
Strength:

light, smooth ride

Weakness:

none found yet

Bike went together smooth, no problems building it. I see people mentioning welds in their reviews; welds are there to hold the tubes together and as long as they do that I will be happy. I could care less how they look. You are getting titanium for 599. Pictures don't do the frame justice, you have to see it. Looked nicer than expected; chainstays were thicker than I thought, graphics were pretty good. I did not weigh it, but when DHL delivered it to my wife, she thought they forgot to put the frame in box. I rode it for the first time today so take that into account when you read this. I have been riding about 10 years. My riding style is alot of standing on the climbs, but I usually pedal through rough sections seated. I am 6" 2' and 190 lbs. Today's ride was 2 hrs on loose gravel/sand fire roads with a small bit of singletrack. I didn't notice any unusual, or any more flex in th BB compared to my other 10+ frames. Very comfortable ride. I rode through ruts today seated that I usually stand for. Nothing wierd in handling the bike. I felt comfortable on it after about 3 minutes. Seatpost didn't slip. I will post again in a month or so. Feel free to contact me with questions.

Similar Products Used: KHS, Cannondale, Specialized, Schwinn, Breezer, Nishiki, GT
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bill   [Mar 03, 2001]

This is a follow-up review of my bike build.I have finally
finished building my corsair and I am delighted to give a
good preliminary review of it's riding characteristics.I am a heavy weight@230 Lbs.and as it is true of some flex in the bottom bracket it is not even worth mentioning let alone being concerned about it.It rides and handles great.
I'm no expert on titanium but i am an experienced rider and qualified to say the difference between Ti and Alum. in riding character is phenomenal.This frame is an excellent
value and strong as well.You cannot go wrong even if you
paid 1000.00.It's in there!Looking forward to a great summer of long distance riding with my corsair.
P.S. It's worth high end components no doubt.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris   Racer [Jan 06, 2001]
Strength:

The value is most notably this frames best feature. Where else can one purchase a ti-frame that weighs about 3.5 lbs for under 600 clams.

Weakness:

I have noticed a fair amount of flex laterally but this is to be expected for a larger rider that likes to grind on a ti-frame. Although I am pleased to say I have not been able to cause the chain to ghost shift due this flex.

Are looking for a ti racing rig for under two grand then Airborne's Corsair will not disappoint, you could spend more but why?

Similar Products Used: Litespeed
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Bill   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2001]
Strength:

I haven't gotten to ride it so I cannot comment on the ride.
I'm still building it.From what I can see I'm Impressed with the quality of the welds and the construction of the bike.I quess I'm using another competitor as a ruler.I have gotten way more than I expected.The web sight does not do justice to the quality and beauty of the bikes geometry.

Weakness:

None to speak of till I finish the build and ride it for a while.

I hope"The Ride" is worth the components. I weigh 225 and the Rep.at Air Borne said I'll have this bike for ever and
the weight is not a problem. I do alot of long distance riding and an all around good ride in any condition is exactly what I need. The reviews seem to support the Rep.!
I've been riding a 98'Trek 7000 for 3.5 yrs.,I hope this is an Improvement in weight and stregnth and qualiy of the ride I'm searching for. I've already spent double the money
I have in the Trek. If anyone has good or bad advice on this frame,please E-Mail me at larraby@enter.net ;I will have to post a follow-up after riding it a while.Thanks MTB Review for this site,has been a real asset to learning more about the thing I love,Mountain Biking!!!

Similar Products Used: My first titanium bike.So I'm learning more as I go.I researched before making a decision on Air Borne Corsair.
I made the best decision based on quality,warranty,and price.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Enrique Borunda   Racer [Aug 18, 2001]
Strength:

GREAT FRAMSET STIGG WHERE YOU WHAT IT TO BE, AND TWICE A BETTER FEELING THAT ALUMINUM OR CROMOLY, PERFECT SIGLETRACK GEOMETRY. NICE Ti FRAME AT AN EXCELLENT PRICE

Weakness:

NONE YET !!!

A FRIEND OF MINE PAID TWICE AS MUCH FOR A HIGHEND TITANIUM FRAME WE BUILT THEM ALMOST WITH THE SAME PARTS CORSAIR IS LIGHTER AND I STILL HAD ENOUGH CASH TO RACE IT IN EVERY RACE !!!OVERALL IS THE PERFECT MOUNTAINBIKE FRAME FOR A RACER OR A WEEKEND RIDER.

Similar Products Used: MONGOOSE 10.7 TI
YETI ARC TI
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Johnny Racing Boy   Racer [Aug 13, 2001]
Strength:

Light, fast, fun, and a good quality TI ride. A wise pick for a light racer looking for a light bike. I LOVE THIS BIKE!!

Weakness:

It might flex a little more for heavier riders but i am not sure because i am a 15 year old that weighs 115 lbs...

YOU DON"T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT TO GET A LOT!

PEACE OUT YO!

Similar Products Used: Marin KHS DEAN Jamis Merlin
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bill Burger   Weekend Warrior [Jul 23, 2003]
Strength:

Compact geometry, materials, welds (FLAWLESS!!!), value, the general ride qualities of the materials and the gwometry. Sports car like handling. Packing for shipping was top drawer and delivery was fast!

Weakness:

Decals come off way too easily. Can be a bit squirrely and front end lifts up too easily for me (but hey, I am a large dude).

When I bought this frame, it was to be the foundation of my perfect mountain bike. I had a ruptured disk six years prior, and wanted a hardtail that would be able to carry my large carcass up hills agressively, and yet be forgiving in the roots and drops. I didn't want rear suspencion, thank you very much. Half way through the building process, I found myself leaning towards road riding. There are several exceptional Greenway options close to wear I live, and I had begun migrating towards high speed chases on backwooods asphalt, and periodically hoping on a paceline to do road training rides.

So, the bike has been riden over the past year on average 4-5 days per week in sun, rain, snow, mud, on singletrack, Greenways, and week long "across the state" road roads. It is my one and only multi-purpose do-all bike and it plays the role amazingly well. I remove my knobbies, swap out wheelsets, slap on a pair of skinnies, and go ride 70 miles of mountain asphalt. On the flats, I can hold my own with a pack at a comfortable 19-22 mph. Amazingly, this has proven to be a highly versatile frame.

Off road, it does what it is supposed to do pretty darn well. My only complaint is it can get away from you on steeps - the front end floats on me unpredictably. Standing out of the saddle on the climbs keeps it down, but on the steeper climbs, the front can get squirrely on you. I don't know - perhaps this is due to the weight I carry that this is an emphasized issue.

Last winter while riding a stretch of steep downhill singletrack, there was an eroded away section of main trail, and to the immediate right, what looked like doable terrain covered in leaves. As I soon discovered, the leaves covered a deep pit which I hit head on. The Corsair took a major hit - I actually felt the entire frame arch like an archer's bow. And then it snapped back and I was on my merry way. There was a hell of a lot of G force coming down on that frame. My weight alone counts for over 250 lbs. Factor in the gradient and the drop, I am certain lesser frames would have snapped.

Even with the floating front end, I love this bike. I would be curious to try something a bit less compact in their line. To me that is the main drawback - the ability to try before you buy. My local bike shop has a built up Zep in a smaller size, which I would love try, but it is too small. If Airborne could ever figure a way to let customers try their bikes first, I am sure they would greatly improve their sales numbers. They build a great bike.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
KC   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2000]
Strength:

great price, geometry, unpolished finish

Weakness:

flex for heavier riders, unpolished finish

The frame weight turns out to be heavier than first anounced by Airborne, somewhere around 3.4 lbs for the 16 inch frame. This is only slightly lighter than the Lucky Strike at 3.5 lbs. My bike weighs an honest 23.5 lbs. on a digital scale.

The frame comes in a gun metal grey looking finish which, depending on your taste, is either very cool looking or bare-bones/lackluster. In any case, it does not have the typical "Ti polished look" of the Lucky Strike, Litespeed or Merlin. Welds are pretty decent.

Geometry is the same as the Lucky Strike, meaning its pretty awesome carving up the singletrack and flying through the technicals.

What the frame sacrifices to enter a lower price point from the Lucky (other than the finish)is stiffness at the BB maybe due to the absence of any shaped tubing.
at 170 lbs, I notice a fair amount of flex when I stand and hammer the cranks on the middle ring.

To be fair, at my weight I think I should be considering the Lucky Strike instead. But for those who are lighter, this budget Ti frame could be your answer.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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