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    Airborne, anyone?

    Here is a Link to Airborne bikes:
    Anyone ever ridden one of them bikes? They're pretty much top-flight bikes (no pun intended). Not in everyone's price range but they look pretty light and hot...Most of 'em are titanium so I dunno if they're worth the wear and tear I'd put them through going aggressive XC...
    http://www.airborne.net/eready/janet...ikelistmtb.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluronthetrails
    Here is a Link to Airborne bikes:
    Anyone ever ridden one of them bikes? They're pretty much top-flight bikes (no pun intended). Not in everyone's price range but they look pretty light and hot...Most of 'em are titanium so I dunno if they're worth the wear and tear I'd put them through going aggressive XC...
    http://www.airborne.net/eready/janet...ikelistmtb.asp
    I have had two different Airborne's. They are decent bikes, but for the price, I wish I had gone elsewhere. The Zepp creaked like mad and my dealer couldn't even fix it (never had that problem on my Litespeed). Kind of funny aside, the LCW (laser cut and welded) head badge fell off. I thought that is what welded referred to... turns out they epoxy most of those on to save a few bucks. They were nice enough to aim me at the nearest auto shop to get the 'right' epoxy. After riding a few of their bikes, I just think a quality Ti frame is in order or defect back to steel. Just my opinion.

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    [QUOTE=bluronthetrails]Most of 'em are titanium so I dunno if they're worth the wear and tear I'd put them through going aggressive XC...
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    What's that supposed to mean??

    Airborne used to be a screaming deal for a $699 Lucky Strike frame. Now, it's very tempting to spend another $200 or so and get a Litespeed or something similar.

    I had an original LS, paid $599, rode the piss out of it for 4 years, cracked a weld at the rear dropout, got the frame replaced quickly under warranty with NO issues. They even let me pay a little extra (the price diff between a new LS and the custom) to upgrade from the LS to a custom geometry B-29. Very good customer service.

    Regardless of what you get, I don't think you can beat ti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluronthetrails
    Here is a Link to Airborne bikes:
    Anyone ever ridden one of them bikes?
    I have two Airbornes. My Lucky Strike is now going on 3 yrs and has been a joy to ride. While I'm not an aggressive rider, I still tend to ride without considering the best lines to take and my LS has held up great to my many mistakes. Even with a 100mm fork and old school sqr taper bb/crank setup, my LS isn't the lightest thing out there, but it's just an absolute joy to ride for me.

    <img src="https://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/LuckyStrike03_RrPerspective.jpg">

    My CarpeDiem is also approaching 3 yrs and although it's a CX frame, I've been using it as my roadie platform. I can't say enough about how much I love riding the CD on roads and paths. Like my LS it's an absolute joy to ride.

    <a href="https://img78.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img78&image=CarpeDiem04_RrPerspective_v 1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://img78.exs.cx/img78/3348/CarpeDiem04_RrPerspective_v1.th.jpg" border="0" title="Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us" /></a>

    Both bikes have the Laser Cut headbadge, and after almost 3 years and many washings, I still have yet to have a problem with mine. Now, I've build-up my bikes and also do my own bike work, so if I have a problem/issue I am able to fix it. Fortunately for me I have not had any major issues/breakage (knock on wood x3).

    I think the key here is the same as with any bike/frame, find out if the geometry is good for you. Then see if you can get a test ride. If the bike fits and feels right, and it fits your riding style, then I believe you'll get many years of great riding with them.

    My 2...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ?andyA
    Both bikes have the Laser Cut headbadge, and after almost 3 years and many washings, I still have yet to have a problem with mine. Now, I've build-up my bikes and also do my own bike work, so if I have a problem/issue I am able to fix it. Fortunately for me I have not had any major issues/breakage (knock on wood x3).
    I assume these comments are aimed at me...?

    I am happy to hear that your head badge hasn't fallen off during the ownership of the Airbornes you describe. It sounds like you are one of the lucky individuals who have gotten the head badges that are *actually* welded on to the frame (I have seen a few with this feature so I know they exist). I am unfortunately not so lucky on either bike. My main point here is that if a company is going to *advertise* such a feature (however innocuous), they should include said feature. My head badge fell off after one month... again at three months... etc. (and not in the exemplified periodicity).

    As for mechanical issues, I too perform all work on my bikes including assembly, wheel building, etc. I have 15+ years of professional experience at several different bike shops as mechanic (and later head mechanic at two different shops). So, in reading your statement about servicing your own bike, I am left wondering how it has anything to do with the discussion at hand. In taking it to the dealer, I am utilizing a service that comes with the sale of a brand new and quite expensive bike (as I do not work at a shop anymore). I am not afraid to ask someone to take a look at something if the quandary has me stumped (sometimes other people look at things differently which can be of immense benefit when used). Before taking the bike to the shop, I performed all of the possible checks and maintenance that could be a source for that type of sound and it was to no avail. On an aside, it is awfully difficult to obtain warranty coverage if you diagnose the problem on your own.

    In the end, they are decent bikes. In the future (especially after seeing the price increase), I will spend my money elsewhere. But that is just my opinion based on my experience. Readers can do whatever they want with this information. Regardless, it is information that can be of value regarding the purchase of Airborne products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodjy
    I assume these comments are aimed at me...?

    dd..''
    My apologies for coming off a little adversarial. In reading your statements about your Zepp it sounded as if the bike had a mechanical problem that couldn't be resolved. I took the statement at face value and didn't think to look any further. My reply was simply aimed to add "balance". I realize there will always be detractors and issues with any bike, I just wanted to add my experience to yours and aid in the poster in a making a decision.
    Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 家ndyA
    My apologies for coming off a little adversarial. In reading your statements about your Zepp it sounded as if the bike had a mechanical problem that couldn't be resolved. I took the statement at face value and didn't think to look any further. My reply was simply aimed to add "balance". I realize there will always be detractors and issues with any bike, I just wanted to add my experience to yours and aid in the poster in a making a decision.
    No sweat, I am not trying to fight either. I certainly do not want to come off as totally bashing Airborne, which is why I stand by my statement that they are good bikes. I just think a little social justice is in order. i.e. verbalizing my experiences. If they address these minor issues in the future, it will enable them to stay on top.

    dd.'''

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    I built up a used Lucky Strike frame as a second bike

    and really like it. Since it was used, I got a good price on the frame and was able to build a great bike at a good price.

    Having said that, if I was buying new, I'd look Litespeed too. I just did this for a road bike, and since the Litespeed is less than 10% more, I think I'll go that direction.

    By the way, my head badge fell off too. I just left it off since I think it looks better without it!

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