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    Does anybody own an Airborne?

    Am I on my own on this forum?
    Have a 1998 Lucky Strike.

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    pretty much
    Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.

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    Your in the wrong thread. This is mostly for bikes of 93 and older vintage
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Your in the wrong thread. This is mostly for bikes of 93 and older vintage
    I think that's still open to debate...

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    A group of people can debate about anything! And he did say mostly.

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    And he did say mostly. [/QUOTE]

    Which gives him no authority to tell a newbie that he has posted in the wrong place...

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    Well crap, now where do I go?
    Does it help that my first Mtn bike was a 1992 Diamondback purple Topanga.

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    I had an Airborne roadbike called Zeppelin. Nice bike. I always wanted the Paka Wallup.

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    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdc View Post
    I had an Airborne roadbike called Zeppellen. Nice bike. I always wanted the Paka Wallup.
    Well most older bikes Paka Wallup.

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    We generally like our MTB frames to have cantilever brake cable hangers or roller cam mounts.


    96-early 2000's is kinda limbo-ville for mtbs. Ti bike is a ti bike though...timeless.
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    Personally, I like 96-2001 bikes the best! V-brakes4Life!

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    Well if no one minds, here.
    And thanks for the comments.
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    I always thought of the Airborne as an affordable way to get into Ti if you wanted to. More of a mail order bike from the pages of the mtb rags with a low t ti price point, than a bike you would find for sale in a local shop. Sort of like a Supergo....I don't know, maybe I was at the wrong bike shops.......Never actually saw one in person.....
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Is the top tube wango-tangoed on that Airborne? Looks dented in the photo.

    Anyway, I think Airborne also was one of the earliest on-line sellers of mtb's as well as doing direct sales through the mags.

    I liked the designs. They had a decent steel rig too. Can't remember the name of that one.
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    I worked at a bike shop for many years, had my fair share of Jamis, KHS,and GT as well as Kona
    and Lightspeed. When Airborne came out I liked the WW2 graphics and the look of the bike, but
    went with what the shop I worked at sold. Swore I would try one and never did until now and I
    am completely blown away with how this bike handles. Dumbass here has sold many bikes over
    the years but this ones a keeper!! The ride is incredible and there aren't that many around.

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    The top tube is fine, ether lighting or the fact it is ovalized and tapered at the seat-tube.
    I would eventually like to track down as many of the frames as I can. I think the steel- frame
    was the Sky Hag.
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    While I have some members here, I found a Fisher bike at a pawn shop today that is
    from the 80's, can't remember what the brakes are called but the rear sits under the chainstays.
    Color is orange and yellow with a rigid fork, think it was a Pro- caliber? It's not real pretty as they
    leave the bikes outside all day but they want $80.00 for it. Is it worth it?
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    They had a decent steel rig too. Can't remember the name of that one.
    Black Widow? I think that was is. Was it brazed? I remember being fairly impressed with something about the frame.

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    The Black Widow was also Ti, with a cool looking chainstay seat tube junction.
    Now I am also curious as to the steel frame.

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    1999 Sky Hag, Reynolds 853 tubes fully rigid.

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    What?

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    Here's a 5yr old pic of my Black Widow- it's brazed 853. They had a reputation for cracking and mine is no exception, it does still get ridden occasionally...
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    Quote Originally Posted by oweya View Post
    Here's a 5yr old pic of my Black Widow- it's brazed 853. They had a reputation for cracking and mine is no exception, it does still get ridden occasionally...

    I was with the first Airborne company when we made the 853 Black Widow.

    Honestly they never really "cracked". There was body filler used on all of the weld-points to make everything smooth-looking, almost as if it were all one piece instead of tubes welded together. It was the filler that cracked due to flex.

    It was difficult to tell someone that they should ignore the "crack" and keep riding so most of them were warranteed and exchanged out for Ti Corsairs or Lucky Strikes.

    Yes the filler was a bad idea and IMHO ruined an otherwise great-riding and great-looking bike. I had one myself for years, and mine had body-filler cracks near the BB and DT junction. It was a customer return that was in my size. I ended up stripping the frame down, removing the filler, and repainting/decalling it and it was just fine for years more of service.

    We also made an 853 single speed version of that frame called the "Sky Hag", which was later replaced with a Ti version called the "Ti Hag".

    I hope no one minds me giving a little insight into the Black Widow.

    Cheers~

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    Please Note: I no longer work for Airborne. If you have an Airborne question or problem please contact them directly.

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    Thanks for the information, if you don't mind would like to
    talk with you. Email address is [email protected]
    Thanks!

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    I used to have a 2000 Lucky Strike. Great frame. Miss it sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I was with the first Airborne company when we made the 853 Black Widow.

    Honestly they never really "cracked". There was body filler used on all of the weld-points to make everything smooth-looking, almost as if it were all one piece instead of tubes welded together. It was the filler that cracked due to flex.

    It was difficult to tell someone that they should ignore the "crack" and keep riding so most of them were warranteed and exchanged out for Ti Corsairs or Lucky Strikes.

    Yes the filler was a bad idea and IMHO ruined an otherwise great-riding and great-looking bike. I had one myself for years, and mine had body-filler cracks near the BB and DT junction. It was a customer return that was in my size. I ended up stripping the frame down, removing the filler, and repainting/decalling it and it was just fine for years more of service.

    We also made an 853 single speed version of that frame called the "Sky Hag", which was later replaced with a Ti version called the "Ti Hag".

    I hope no one minds me giving a little insight into the Black Widow.

    Cheers~

    Jeremy
    Thanks for sharing this, I've often wondered if this was the case because my "cracks" have not worsened over the years.

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    And I want to Thank the person who negative reped me for I guess owning an Airborne, or was it the
    fact that I said it was a 1998, and it looks as good as it does. On a serious note, i do appreciate the
    others who didn't give me to hard of a time on my post. This is my favorite section on MTBR,and I think
    the work on these VRC bikes is amazing. And for the Neg rep, grow up my child, looks to me like
    someone needs a naptime.

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    You got Negged for that??? Jeepers. I say, if someone took the time to make it out of Ti, it deserves some respect. And Negs are like tirds on the trail, you see it, go around it, then it's forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I was with the first Airborne company when we made the 853 Black Widow.
    Just stumbled upon this, Jeremy.

    I had one of those 853 Black Widows. Didn't even know about the weld filler issue until now (I assumed it was just a neat fillet braze). What I'll happily say is that it was the best riding bike I've ever owned. I absolutely loved it. Sadly had to sell it due to knee issues in the end (even the 21" was a little too small for me, sadly) but I had some amazing rides on that bike. I have a lovely custom steel bike now, and it really is great, but it doesn't quite have the Black Widow's magic.

    Just thought you might like to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ormondroyd_UK View Post
    Just stumbled upon this, Jeremy.

    I had one of those 853 Black Widows. Didn't even know about the weld filler issue until now (I assumed it was just a neat fillet braze). What I'll happily say is that it was the best riding bike I've ever owned. I absolutely loved it. Sadly had to sell it due to knee issues in the end (even the 21" was a little too small for me, sadly) but I had some amazing rides on that bike. I have a lovely custom steel bike now, and it really is great, but it doesn't quite have the Black Widow's magic.

    Just thought you might like to know.
    Have a Lucky Strike, still looking for a Black Widow.
    Will find one eventually.
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