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Old 05-03-16, 03:56 PM
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This thing has been listed for about a month. Couldn't really tell what it was or what parts were on it. Seller couldn't tell me anything about it, it was her husbands bike. Bought it for a crazy low price. Titanium Airborne Zeppelin, full Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed with Proton wheels. Bike is like new, pics as found, nothing needed to ride. I will still go through it and trim the r/d cable.












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And I'm changing the Look carbon seat post to a plain silver aluminum post.
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Dont forget to do a good check for cracks. I've seen literally hundreds of cracked Airborne frames (I got to cut the BB shells out of warranty bikes). Headtubes usually, occasionally BB cluster. The obvious intentional ones were at the seat cluster and there was one that broke at the brake bridge somehow. Does it have a sticker or a welded on headbadge?
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... zeppelin
now wail like plant in 'immigrant song' screaming down those hills.
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Looks like a stick on aluminum badge. So far no cracks.
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.... full Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed with Proton wheels.
.... most excellent.
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.... most excellent.
One of my fav groupsets.

Probably worth it for the groupset and wheels if nothing else.
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Frame looks to have been too small for most recent owner (as pictured) with stack of spacers and long seatpost with setback.

All I remember about the Company was that they had direct-to-consumer-sales with shipment from a remote manufacturer in S/M/L/XL; by golly - a business model years ahead of it's time - several years - before it went out of biz for Good. They were a flash in the SF Bay Area for a period.

Was a 'poor man's Ti', using a limited number of frame sizes???? - am I correct here ??? I never saw any broken ones, but never heard them lauded either, as you heard from Merlin, Litespeed, etc, etc. of the time.
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Oh, man. The R/D cable needs trimming? Total deal breaker for me.

But seriously, nice score. You seem to find a lot of those, Shawn. I'm guessing that big ring didn't come with that crank originally; I'm not sure where that chain-catching pin is supposed to go.
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I had an Airborne Valkyrie a few years back, which was the next frame down. The Zeppelin was the top end at the time. It was a good bike, well made and finished. They went out of business and another company either took or bought the name for cookie cutter aluminum bikes.
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All of the issues taken care of. Different seatpost and r/d cable trimmed. One thing I noticed, I've never seen reusable cable ends before.




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They were started in the late 90s, sold to Huffy in early '00s. Bought back by original owner in either '02 or '03, but Huffy kept the name so it was changed to "Flyte" and failed. Then Huffy started using the name again a couple years ago.

Fun fact: Every one of their Blackbird model frames (Aluminum w/carbon rear end) had rear triangles out of alignment. Watching the owner and vp try to cold set one was pretty funny, but not as funny as watching them try to cold set a ti frame.
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Not to worried about the frame. The Campagnolo Proton wheels are worth more than I paid for the whole bike.
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Beautiful group and wheels. And you might even be able to recoup a substantial portion of your cost by selling the frame.
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Seriously thinking about selling the frame. Toptube is a tad long for me.
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All of the issues taken care of. Different seatpost and r/d cable trimmed. One thing I noticed, I've never seen reusable cable ends before.




Looks like those cable knarps used as replacements on old Raleigh brakes. I had been looking for a way to use standard cable on Raleigh brakes and came across. Not sure but those do look similar.
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