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    New question here. $800 Airborne Liberator deal, and questions...

    http://www.airborne.net/eready/janet...LB-special.asp

    To me, this looks like a heck of a deal, but I'm fairly new to this mountain biking thing. 800 bucks for a 1500 dollar bike, or just the frame for $200. Clearing out the 05's for 06's I assume.

    Currently, I'm still riding my POS Trek 4300 that is literally falling apart beneath me as I ride. The entire thing creaks(maybe it's just the seatpost?), the fork is shot, etc. I bought it in March of 04', and ride the hell out of it. I'd say I got my 350 bucks out of it by now.

    What is an internal style headtube design? Does the headset sit inside the headtube? If so, I assume a special headset is required. Would they be more difficult to find than a regular headset that sits at the top and bottom of the headtube?

    I'm 6'2 and weigh in around the 180 lb.(+/- 5 lbs.) mark, clydesdale by biking standards, would I be better off with a steel hardtail or is it just preference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by InnocentCriminal
    http://www.airborne.net/eready/janet...LB-special.asp

    To me, this looks like a heck of a deal, but I'm fairly new to this mountain biking thing. 800 bucks for a 1500 dollar bike, or just the frame for $200. Clearing out the 05's for 06's I assume.

    Currently, I'm still riding my POS Trek 4300 that is literally falling apart beneath me as I ride. The entire thing creaks(maybe it's just the seatpost?), the fork is shot, etc. I bought it in March of 04', and ride the hell out of it. I'd say I got my 350 bucks out of it by now.

    What is an internal style headtube design? Does the headset sit inside the headtube? If so, I assume a special headset is required. Would they be more difficult to find than a regular headset that sits at the top and bottom of the headtube?

    I'm 6'2 and weigh in around the 180 lb.(+/- 5 lbs.) mark, clydesdale by biking standards, would I be better off with a steel hardtail or is it just preference?

    Thanks for your help,
    ...iC...
    For the parts involved I'd say it's a good deal. It's hard to say if your body would fit the bike, you should see if you can test ride it somewhere (or ride something with very similar geometry). It's a XC bike, so if you want to be doing big drops, you'll want something different.

    200 pounds is clyde, I thought. and 180 at 6'2 is skinny, in my estimation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    For the parts involved I'd say it's a good deal. It's hard to say if your body would fit the bike, you should see if you can test ride it somewhere (or ride something with very similar geometry). It's a XC bike, so if you want to be doing big drops, you'll want something different.

    200 pounds is clyde, I thought. and 180 at 6'2 is skinny, in my estimation.
    I live just south of Cincinnati, and have thought about driving up to Dayton OH. Home of Airborne. Dayton is closer than any of their suppliers. Just don't know how perceptive they would be to having someone just show up. No drops really, just some basic XC riding, with the occasional log crossing, teeter-totter, small ramp, and the like.

    My current bike is a 19.5". I thought 180 was the mark for Clydesdale?

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    Just for reference...

    Quote Originally Posted by InnocentCriminal
    http://www.airborne.net/eready/janet...LB-special.asp

    or just the frame for $200. Clearing out the 05's for 06's I assume.

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    ...I paid $149.00 for a 2004 Liberator frame about 6 months ago off of their site. So $200 for this year's model I guess would be OK.

    Craftsmanship is nice but it's my wife's ride so I can't comment on the ride much.

    Good luck!
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    Don't know what their alu frames are like, but I have a freind who has one of their Ti HT and it's sweet. Personally I think it's a good deal, especially for the parts on it.

    As for you being a CLyde LMAO Thanks for that laugh If you actually check out any decent health guide you'd realise that 180lbs for a 6'2" guy is on the light side, ideal weight is more around 190-200lbs for those measurements ROFLMA I'm almost exactly your size and don't even think of myself as being even normal weight for my height.
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    I thought in cycling, anyone over 180 was considered a clyde'. I know I'm a bit on the scrawny side for my height. I didn't think height was a factor when it came to bikes but, you learn something new everyday.

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