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    Airborne's Ti rigid fork, 26" and 29"

    just got their newsletter in my mailbox. looks good, costs a bunch (300 bucks)

    <img src="https://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/images/AB-FK-TI-29.jpg">

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    just got their newsletter in my mailbox. looks good, costs a bunch (300 bucks)
    Looked for it on the website yesterday and couldn't find them.

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    Stickers are butt ugly

    and the tops of the legs look kinda dangerous.

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    Do you think they get them...

    from the same Chinese Ti fabricator (XACD) that Spicer, Ox, Aerolite (others???) source their Ti frames/forks? I bet it's all the same stuff. If it is, $300 is too much.

    Why did Airborne jack their frame prices up so high? Just a few years ago, frames could be had for half the current price. I don't get it.

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    well, they look good, except for the stickers.

    what's the length on the 29er fork?

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    Yo ethan....

    It appears that they are going with 475mm as the axle to crown on that bad boy....

    Yeah, get rid of those ridiculous decals and you might have a good looking fork

    I wonder where they are sourcing them from....it looks EXACTLY like a spicer/xiangchangda fork(not that that is a bad thing, just saying)

    Also, I called them the other day, it looks like the newsletter may be a little premature....the forks probably won't be around till summer!

    Tell the REI crew(Bob, JJ, etc.) that Brian Blair says hey......


    Quote Originally Posted by SlowSSer
    well, they look good, except for the stickers.

    what's the length on the 29er fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithG
    from the same Chinese Ti fabricator (XACD) that Spicer, Ox, Aerolite (others???) source their Ti frames/forks? I bet it's all the same stuff. If it is, $300 is too much.

    Why did Airborne jack their frame prices up so high? Just a few years ago, frames could be had for half the current price. I don't get it.
    To the best of my knowledge, Airborne stuff comes (mostly) from a Beijing-based ti manufacturer called Hang Lun (http://www.ti-bicycle.com/doce/p_mtb.htm), who also market the frames under their own brand name (ahem) Excel. If you contact them directly you can get custom sized Airborne line-up (same design, like zepplin or lucky strike) for a price even below the US price for stock frames. Hang Lun and XACD are different companies; they might share the same tubing source (the XA in XACD means the city Xi'an, which is close to one of the biggest ti sources of China), but i'm not sure.

    imo the price depends a lot on quality control. tighter quality control--higher prices. so even if the stuff is coming from the same place, different qc level results in different prices (and different proportions of defective items).

    i'm guessing airborne is trying to get some respect...100% affordable line won't get them the respect they need to expand.

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    ... and if we just ...

    haha.... DISC ONLY!!!!!

    *enter whiny voice here..."but i want to save 19 grams and run xtr v-brakes and stoo-pid lite levers....."

    *enter booming Chuck Heston-like voice here... "though shalt not sacrifice braking power & effectiveness for 19 grams..."

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Looks a bit different from the Spicer Ti Disc the Fedex guy dropped off at my house yesterday. First there is the spikey leg tops, in addition their drops seem to be rear facing while Spicer's are vertical and third Airborne has included a cable guide on the rear (wish the Spicer had, oh well one more zip tie), finally I believe Gene said the steer on his was Al, not ti (but I could be wrong on this). Doesn't necessarily mean much, but thought I'd point it out, plus I wanted to brag about my new acquisition!

    Any word on the airborne's weight?

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    Too bad Morati's are still leaps and bounds nicer, (and leaps and bounds more expensive)....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrXC
    Looks a bit different from the Spicer Ti Disc the Fedex guy dropped off at my house yesterday...
    You slapping it on for this Sunday's ride? I'd like to check it out. I don' t think I've ever seen a ti fork up close and personal before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    haha.... DISC ONLY!!!!!

    *enter whiny voice here..."but i want to save 19 grams and run xtr v-brakes and stoo-pid lite levers....."

    *enter booming Chuck Heston-like voice here... "though shalt not sacrifice braking power & effectiveness for 19 grams..."
    'enter normal, ordinary guy voice here... "I don't want my fork builder to tell what kind of brakes to use, and I don't like, want, or need disc brakes, because cantis, v-brakes, and Magura HS-33s all work great for me."

    --Shannon

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Unfortunately no.

    The disc brake for it (Juicy 7) won't be in until Monday. As a result I may bring the Voodoo to work on bedding in its new disc (plus I rode the SS there last weekend). Hopefully the good weather will hold and the spicer ti fork will have its maden voyage next weekend.

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    And so do the drop-outs

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    and the tops of the legs look kinda dangerous.
    And so do the drop-outs.

    Keep your QRs tight children, or your brakes will yank your wheels out. Ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tube_ee
    I don't want my fork builder to tell what kind of brakes to use, and I don't like, want, or need disc brakes, because cantis, v-brakes, and Magura HS-33s all work great for me." --Shannon
    Remember... good is the enemy of best.

    V-brakes or cantis may be good....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    Remember... good is the enemy of best.

    V-brakes or cantis may be good....
    Once sufficient braking power is acheived, "best" is subjective. I actually dislike discs, for both functional and philosophical reasons. I don't consider them inferior to my preferred brakes, I just don't like 'em. I don't need frame and fork makers to make that decision for me. After almost 20 years of road and off-road riding, I think I'm qualified.

    --Shannon, who thinks choices are good, in
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