Airborne 2001 Corsair Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • $1330-$2240
  • You Choose Each Component to Create and Purchase your Dream Bike Online.
  • Aerospace Grade 3AL/2.5V Titanium Frame
  • Cold Worked Seamless Titanium Tubing
  • GAMS (Graceful Arc Maximum Stiffness) engineered seat and chain stays.
  • Sizes: 14,16,18, & 20”

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jul 18, 2003]
    Blake Thrasher
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Great looking,that is for sure, the look of Ti is just sweet. Does have a better feel than say a cannondale hardtail, more compliant, more responsive.

    Weakness:

    Not quite the dream ride, never felt one with the trail

    This frame is a good one and I would recommend it. The weight is right, the look is right, the compliance is right, but there is something that just did not dial in with me. I never felt totally comfortable on it. I do attribute some of this due to a little movement in the fork, and some component issues. But even when everything was working the bike did not relax me and let me flow like I would feel when I switched bikes with my friends. I recently got a curtlo steel hardtail and feel about twice as confident and comfortable. I would recommend the curtlo twice over before the Corsair, but I do know that everything has to do with bike fit and I think the few sizes available to me did not work right.

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    [Feb 15, 2004]
    Jake
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Lightweight, Climbs well, quite nimble, cheap, fun project to put it together on a budget.

    Weakness:

    Rear derailuer hanger. XT rear hub (I'll get to this later)

    First, the Flex. When my brother first tried to ride the bike he thought there was something loose. The bike is just like that. I definitely like it, but some may not feel the same way. Also, on the first ride i went on i went over the handlebars (remember, i shaved off like 7 or 8 pounds of bike from under me, this thing is light) and the bike came down on the derailuer and bent the frame. I was devistated. I brought it back to the bike store where I bought parts of the bike (i made an order to price point for the other parts of the bike and assembled it myself) and told him the story. Since bike stores hate when people put together their own bikes he charged me for the frame straightening and sent me on my way. I've raced the bike 3 times on the collegiate level with little difficulty. One thing that did happen was a problem with the XT hub, it seems to come loose (so that the rear wheel can wobble side to side) quite often. Took it back to another bike shop and had them tighten it up. It's starting to happen again so i think i'll have to bring it back soon. Anyway, getting to the bottom line. If you're willing to spend the money this bike will not disappoint you. If you're looking for a bike that will inspire you to ride more, or just one that's a little nicer than something you have now, i'd suggest this bike. It handles better than any bike i've ever ridden and as a result is fun to ride.

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    not really similar, but I used to ride a Bianchi Lynx SX Aluminum Mtb.

    [Jan 16, 2002]
    Christopher Latanich
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Lightweight, Cheap, Rapid Delivery, strength

    Weakness:

    None as of yet

    Very nice frame. the guys at the bike shops will be hesitant to reccomend it largely because of the fact that for $600 they cant match it. you might hear complaints about the welds or their methods but these qualms are irrelevant, the welds are great and the frame is amazing. a very good investment!!!

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    Just the frame... i have now gone through almost every type of metal. Ti, Al, Chromoly...

    [Jan 10, 2002]
    Michael
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Where can I start, great frame, light weight, beautiful decals and the luxury of choosing my parts

    Weakness:

    none

    OOOOOOOOHHHH man, this is a nice bike, this is an update of my earlier post, and it definately deserves five chilis. Have ridden it a good bit, and I love this bike, once dialed in, I love it, I wish that I had gotten a bike like this earlier, come on, where else do you get a beautiful Ti bike for under $2000, I think that Airborne is about to bust out, 'cause they are the shiz-nit, go out and test ride one now, buy one and you won't regret it.

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    [Oct 22, 2001]
    Dan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This bike rocks. Beautiful finish and welds. Rear triangle is a thing of beauty. Climbs like a raped ape.

    Weakness:

    None

    Titanium rocks. This is the sweetest bike I have owned by far. Unbelievable climbing power. Handles like a dream.

    This bike is ideal for th XC rider who likes to climb alot and descend fast, with total control.

    I built this bike up little by little however Airborne's site makes it possible to customize your bike to your own specs. Airborne is great to work with. Any technical questions I had were answered the same day. Truly great service. I would definately go back to Airborne but I don't think I'll need to. The Corsair is so sweet that I think I'll break before it does.

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    [Oct 03, 2001]
    Stephen Jay
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    It's ti! Light, good-looking, not a lot of flex, and it's Ti!

    Weakness:

    None

    I'm very happy with my Corsair. It is a great all-around performer, tracks well, and is stiff enough to really hammer. Time will tell whether it holds up long term, but so far this bike has exceeded my expectations.

    [Nov 24, 2001]
    Michael
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Price, Lust factor, ability to custom pick your components, weight, warranty, fit

    Weakness:

    You can't get manitou Blacks, or race face or tru vativ cranks

    I rode this bike at the shop, and immediately fell in love with it. Ordered my new bike on the spot, and can't wait for it to come. My freind has an old Lucky Strike, and he loves his, and now I will soon be able to join him on my own Ti steed. I am sad my old ride was ganked, but....I do get this as a replacement. right now 5 chilis for value, and fit of the bike as well as custom component factor

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    [Sep 05, 2001]
    Bryan Cooper
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    An unbelievable value! Coming off of an Aluminum frame hard tail, I was most surprized with the plush ride. The Ti frame absorbs most of the irritating vibrations that used to bother my wrists. It is really an amazing bike that looks awesome too. I'm constantly getting compliments from other riders including Merlin and Ibis Bow-Ti owners/riders. You can't go wrong with the Airborne Corsair.

    Weakness:

    Not disc brake compatible; but if that was an issue I would have ordered the Lucky Strike

    Whether your a weekend warrior, or a racer, this bike can meet your needs. If you want the most bang for your buck, then try the Airborne Corsair. The on-line ordering process is hassle free and lets you choose exactly what components you want on your bike. One basically gets a custom made Ti framed bike for about half the cost of a Merlin or Lightspeed.

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    [Nov 05, 2001]
    Mel Chan
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Excellent titanium frame bike. Can order the bike with a custom-selected set of components. Can be set up as a lightweight XC bike, or a more modest titanium trail bike. Ordered bike and then received it via DHL overnight about a week later. Customer service is generally responsive when contacted. 10-day money-back return policy and 60-day fit warranty. Lifetime warranty can be tranferred to a new owner (by frame warranty recertification program) if bike is sold.

    Weakness:

    Some popular components may be out of stock, and this delays delivery of the bike, or bike is built with substitute components. Hard to determine fit without seeing the bike, so have to go with best guess. Airborne has no local dealers in Santa Clara valley area (northern California, San Jose area), at least those bike shops I tried to contact.

    Although I've had the bike for less than two months, I really like the Airborne Corsair bike I put together with components I selected. A titanium bike definitely has a better, less stiff ride than an aluminum bike. The bike is lightweight, so I can climb hills more easier, and I can accelerate more quickly. Also, it is easier to maneuver around obstacles on a trail. By the way, for new owners out there, it takes a little time to adjust the saddle for comfort (e.g., forward-back and tilt adjustments), allow the bike to break in (i.e., adjust for cable stretch, adjust the front and real deraillers, adjust the brakes), and generally get used to the bike. Overall, the bike is simply a joy to ride, and I do so whenever I have the chance.

    Anyone looking for a titanium hardtail bike should definitely consider the Airborne Corsair. I was concerned about build quality before seeing the bike, but the welds, frame finish, and frame alignment seem fine to me. Although Airborne gives customers a $25 credit toward service, which can be used to pay for someone else to put the bike together, the happiest customers would probably be those who can do their own basic service on their bike. The bike does get delivered almost fully assembled--just put on the handle bar, the front wheel, pedals, and seat post. Also, it's important to do some research on what components to build the bike with since these can change the character of the bike completely. Airborne's customer service can help with component selection, but really the only person knows the type of riding a customer does, is the customer.

    Those new to mountain biking probably shouldn't buy this bike. New mountain bikers should try biking on a less expensize bike and learn what type of bike would work best for them. When they are ready to upgrade, they should look at Airborne.

    For the money I spent, I don't think there is a better bike (even if on sale) at any bike shop in my area. The only competitive titanium bike would have been a Litespeed Pisgah, which lists at $2800.

    Airborne's Corsair is great mountain bike and I recommend it to anyone looking for a hardtail. It's a terrific value. Happy riding!

    [Oct 19, 2001]
    Uri
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    The Titanium frame is excellent at absorbing stutter bump vibrations, yet has a stiff rear triangle that allows you to hammer.

    Airborne.net was an exceptional customer experience. Customize your bike completely and if you need to adjust something or have a bad part and they'll send you replacements to swab out. Send the old ones back and your in business, no questions asked. WOW!

    Weakness:

    These came from some of the components I selected and can't be attributed to the frame or the company.

    The Minori(?) water bottles failed quickly. A weld in the wrong spot that wore out.

    Great frame, you pick the parts, great customer service.

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