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Airborne Valkyrie at Academy?

Old 06-11-07, 02:02 PM
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Airborne Valkyrie at Academy?

I saw this bicycle at a local academy last night (while shopping for golf equipment) and saw this https://www.academy.com/index.php?pag...454-01232-9690. The image is below. Anyway, it's a basic Sora package with Tektro linear pull brakes. The only things I can see that are lacking is that the fork feels like it's steel (after tapping on it) and the RM17 rims. However, for $399--and if it fits (it's the standard one size fits all department store deal)--you can't beat it for entry level if you want a good recreational road bike. I asked the department manager about the bicycle assembly at his store and he said all of his assemblers have been through a Park bicycle maintenence class. I might consider getting one myself if it fits (it looks like it's around 50-52cm). Does anyone have any experience with this bicycle? I did a search and didn't find anything. I already have a Schwinn Premis that I've restored, and it would be nice to have a low cost second road bike for riding around the lake and stuff.

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Old 06-25-07, 09:32 PM
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I saw that too today. Do you really think that it is a good buy?
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Old 06-25-07, 09:44 PM
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Airborne is the foreign brand of Flyte bicycles, which just went under. They are a solid brand in Europe.

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Old 06-26-07, 07:21 AM
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I did not think they could import into the USA due to issues with the Huffy lawsuit? Maybe someone can shed some light on this. A true shame that Airborn/Flyte is no more.
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From the way I understand it, there is no more Airborne in Europe. The European side is now called Van Nicholas. Huffy owns full rights to Airborne and plans on putting bikes back out on the market soon. That information is from the graphics design manager from Huffy that I ran into one day. Flyte was the name change from Airborne when Jamie Raddin (owner of Flyte) didn't want to lease the Airborne name any longer.
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Old 06-26-07, 07:49 AM
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This bike must be something put out by Huffy, or it's a fraud. The original valkyrie was Ti and this one appears to be aluminum
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That looks like the same geometry as the Airborne Thunderbolt. (Double butted 6061 tubing - Beautiful welds on mine) I've been riding the Thunderbolt for 2 1/2 years and have no intention of replacing mine anytime soon.
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Here's a photo I found:
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Yes Huffy now sells bikes under the Airborne name again using designs from Raddin.
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