Airborne Black Widow XC Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • It has an amazing new CNC Enigma seat stay yoke
  • The Widow also features lighter CNC disc brake dropouts

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 26, 2007]
Oliver Heath
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I've been Mountain Biking for 15 years and have developed a good appreciation of what marks a quality ride and feel. My 19.5" Black Widow is the perfect fit and reach for me and delivers a racy feel without sacrificing comfort. The springy, Airborne Ti seat-post compliments the frame perfectly and combats those smaller trail anomalies. The more aggressive your riding style the greater the bike's performance. My Widow thanks me for treating her mean and enjoys constant punishment!

I particularly enjoy challenging climbs and on the ascents my Widow performs a treat, with excellent traction, a stiff rear triangle and fast acceleration she offers a fantastic climbing experience. The forgiving properties of the Ti frame help compensate for lack of rear suspension, this benefit is emphasised when you really open her up on those long, winding forest descents. After riding Titanium any sane person would never revert to aluminium.

Weakness:

Can't think of any

Over the last 6 month I have noticed a marked improvement in the speed around my local circuit, my bike handling skills have increased and my overall confidence is back to how it was before I owned a full susser. The Black Widow has injected the fun and spirit back into my biking.

All-in-all a well worthwhile '10 CHILI' purchase.

[Feb 07, 2006]
Matt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Its looks, The sheer craftmanship,(which helps when building your bike it all falls into place.) because it's so light $ stronge the abilitey to change direction & cope with your chosen new route.

Weakness:

As it is a polished frame if you do night trails your light cables & battery housing when secured can mark the frame.

This is a quality cross country frame! this is not a down hill rig or jump rig.
It is just as at home covering flat dirt trails as it is fast loose rocky hills in wales. It is light enough for someone doing endurance races and wont sap strength.
The waranty is second-to-non! Full life time of the original owner not repaired but replaced if you break.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing. You can't get a better Titanium frame for the money!

[Jul 28, 2005]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff and efficient power transfer yet very comfortable and supple ride. The bike has such a stiff bottom bracket area that it feels like my road bike in acceleration. The titanium "Enigma" seat-stay yoke and ti post make the ride very forgiving to my back. I also race a (very expensive) full suspension race bike but the Black Widow is faster and almost as comfortable over rough stuff. The nose art is just great.

Weakness:

No color choices, but the satin titanium really fits the company culture based on 1940s aviation.

Unbeatable for value, perfomance, techno appeal. The ti stuff works so nicely when designed properly as in this frame. Airborne changes the tube diameters and butting for each size based on the different stresses. Having a bike named after a classic night fighter with nose art is a nice way to be a little different from the blue and red bikes out there. The quality of manufacture is like a work of art, and I'm simply a faster racer on this bike compared to my FS bike.

Similar Products Used:

GT Zaskar LE hardtail.

[Sep 22, 2004]
Rafi Julius
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A beautiful designed titanium hard tail .
The ride on this titanium hardtail is both comfortable and inspiring. The framed combined with an airborne Ti seat post filters out small annoying bumps and moderates the bigger ones so you don’t get them into your spine.
The telepathic geometry is great on tight singeltracks, it dissents very well (easy to get behind the saddle and back), and climbs very well even technical stuff (just sit right).
When its time to ride fast the bike really shines: the stiff bb and rear end make it a perfect race machine.

Weakness:

On the really loose and rocky climbs you remember it’s a hardtail: it will loose grip unless your position is perfect. But this is all a hardtail is about – to remember how to ride.

Coming from a carbon softail, and not wanting a full suspension, this bike really made it right.
If you don’t like the fact that your bike looks like a motorcycle, if you don’t want more moving parts in your bike than your brain, if you don’t like the “shot and forget” ride of a full suspension (“where am I ? on the sofa at home or riding my bike in the woods?”),
But still want a perfect do it all, long lasting and beautiful bike – than the Airborne black widow is the perfect match.
This is one of the rare hardtails that makes you think if the fully fashion is really the right thing for crossies.

Similar Products Used:

aluminium hard tails - to harsh
Trek stp - why did Trek stop doing them?

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