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Airborne Blackbird riders?

Old 12-30-18, 02:33 PM
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Airborne Blackbird riders?

So I picked up this bike last week. Its nearly mint condition. Had tubular wheels I swapped out. There is precious little about this bike on here. Anybody ride one? Seems to sprint nice with the oval aluminum tubes. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a race bike? Cross country ride?





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Looks like a stiff aero bike with carbon stays
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That is a fine looking bike. It looks like a full on fast road bike to me. I do not know a whole lot about Airborne but I do own one of their bikes. I have Zepplin road bike, titanium with 9 speed ultegra. Very light, comfortable and fast! I bought it used about 1 1/2 years ago. From what I have seen about the company they were known for making very nice bikes for very good prices. I do not know why the company folded. I sure like the ones I have seen , and I love riding mine. I believe your Airborne is the first aluminum frame one that I have seen.
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I was not aware they made road bikes. I have seen their mtb’s for years. They are mail order only direct to your door. Pretty nice bikes. I think they were bought by Huffy or a similar company years ago. I am assuming it’s the same Airborne but I could be wrong,
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I googled Airborne today. Evidently they are once again a privately owned company. Someone bought it from Huffy in 2017. It look like they are building mountain bikes but no titanium. According to one of the blurbs I read, one of their ti models had issues with the frames cracking, which contributed to the problems, which led to being bought out by Huffy.
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Airborne was pretty well known about 15 years ago for their Ti road bikes. They competed with Colorado Cycles Douglas Ti bikes. A lot of good reviews on their bikes back then.
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[QUOTE=delbiker1;20726491]I googled Airborne today. Evidently they are once again a privately owned company. Someone bought it from Huffy in 2017. It look like they are building mountain bikes but no titanium. According to one of the blurbs I read, one of their ti models had issues with the frames cracking, which contributed to the problems, which led to being bought out by Huffy.[/QUOT
This is good to know. GT was once a rad company until they sold out and they have suffered ever since. Airborne may get some mojo back. Their bikes are quite nice and I like their model. It’s different and may make it.
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I think I'll have to sell this frame. It's just too big for me. Feels like a 56 or 57.
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Originally Posted by Jicafold
I think I'll have to sell this frame. It's just too big for me. Feels like a 56 or 57.
The military style graphics are pretty cool on this frame. They stopped using the name “Airborne” and became Flyte sometime around 2010-ish. That frame looks a lot like my Flyte SRS-3 but with a carbon fiber rear triangle. My Flyte rear triangle is S-curved aluminum with these crazy Erector Set looking rear dropouts that I really like. The are strong as Hell.

How much do you think you’ll need ($) for the frame?
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yah airborne was an internet sales only frames concern back in the early 2000's. they had a few models and you could do complete virtual buildups on their website
w/all the diff campy, shimano and a few other component groups. then hit all the diff wheelsets. then the stems, handlebars, etc, et al. wasted many an hour doing just that.
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Originally Posted by masi61
How much do you think you’ll need ($) for the frame?
I'll send you a PM.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga
yah airborne was an internet sales only frames concern back in the early 2000's. they had a few models and you could do complete virtual buildups on their website
w/all the diff campy, shimano and a few other component groups. then hit all the diff wheelsets. then the stems, handlebars, etc, et al. wasted many an hour doing just that.
I clearly remember doing that myself many times!
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Dusting off this post!

My recently recommissioned 2005 Airborne Blackbird which I've owned from new.
I'm really enjoying riding it again!

Back in 2005...



And as it is now...

Only the frame/forks surviving.

ST-6700, BR-R8000, FC-5700, FD-7900, RD-7900, CN-6701, Vision Team Comp35 wheelset, Conti GP5000, PRO Vibe7s handlebar, PX forged stem, 3K carbon seatpost, PRO Stealth Sport saddle, Look Keo Carbon Blade pedals.








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Must be some other owners out there still?
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IIRC the new owner of Airborne ventures these forums. This bike pre-dates their ownership, however.
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Originally Posted by tFUnK
IIRC the new owner of Airborne ventures these forums. This bike pre-dates their ownership, however.
Yes - this bike was produced by the company that would go on to become Van Nicholas after the license to use the 'Airborne' was withdrawn.

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Originally Posted by DCwheeler
Must be some other owners out there still?
That is a beautiful bike, DCwheeler. I love what you what you’ve done with it.

Cheers,

Scott
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Originally Posted by Samac
That is a beautiful bike, DCwheeler. I love what you what you’ve done with it.

Cheers,

Scott
Appreciated!

This was my second road bike and first one ridden in races (complete with MTB shoes and pedals) - it then fell unfairly out of favour, however I've now discovered there was a cracking machine waiting to be rediscovered. I get much more joy from older machines - wether thats mine or other riders - and cherry picking choice old and new components to suit.

Love the difference from 2005 to now!

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