Airborne Lucky Strike Bike Bike 1998 or Older

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Airborne Lucky Strike Titanium Hardtail

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[Dec 18, 2009]
stephen of cardiff
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I have read a lot of reviews and there seems to be a few people having misaligned frames. My Lucky Strike frame is perfectly true, my local bike shop checked it before it was built up recently. It was a 2001 frame which I haven't had the money to build it up. the welds are very smooth!! obviously not as beautiful as you would get on top end 'money no object' ti frames...but still very even, smooth and pleasing on the eye!! I happen to break my hand the day before it was ready to collect so have only taken it out once and it was so much better than the steel and ali GT's i've owned. I love this bike.

Weakness:

I haven't detected anything wrong with it yet....the frame got scratched during a move several years ago but a quick polish and the scratch disappeared...seems the scratch was particles of whatever scraped against it!!

So far with one ride all I can say is it's excellent. It really accelerates fast, it's not noticably flexy(I'm 14st 4lb's or 200lb's if you don't do stone!).

It seems smoother over frozen or rocky ground than other bikes I've riden. Basically the reason I wrote this review is that some of the reviews carp on about it not being a litespeed!! It's not supposed to be...it's just a great bike and a steal for the money (£750 in 2001)

Similar Products Used:

My previous bikes were a 1995 GT pantera and a 1998 Karacoram frame built up with alsorts.

[Oct 24, 2005]
Mike Foreman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cornerning, climbing (in or out of saddle), geometry, weight & balance

Weakness:

Hmmm...can get a little jittery on long, steep, loose fire road trails. Tends to loose the line when there is lots of loose rocks, while going around a turn.

This is a follow-up for me, since last time I wrote I was still pretty new on my bike. I also felt inspired because of the guy from China writing in - NICE!

This bike rocks! Comming from a BMX background, it has all the right geometry angels to give you a really confident feel. Great corning (especially during high speeds). Great on switchbacks. Easy transition from one position to another. Speaking of transition, this bike really forces to you be in the right position according to your trail sitiuation. If not - you are going to loose your line or fall. Once you get your form down, you can fly!
I have one of the earlier models (before the sale to Huffy), so the welds are a little bulky, but I like it.

Bottom line is this bike is a great deal (almost sad to say "for the money", but we all know there are more expensive bikes out there) & once you get your components on, it will ride like the wind.

Similar Products Used:

Any GT bike & Yeti

[Apr 02, 1999]
Matt Harris
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Light, fast, responsive, worth every cent I paid.It weighed lighter than advertised. It looks sharp. It puts my fried Jeff's bike to shame.

Weakness:

The little lady sticker on the right side rubbed off.

The bike simply kicks ass.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale, Trek, Specialized

[Sep 25, 1998]
Seth
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Well I have to post another review of this bike and company. I've had the bike since the middle of July and all I can say is awesome!!!The ride: The bike seems to float up hills -- it is very nimble and agile it holds a line wounderfully but for those times when you just lose you line it is very forgiving. The ride is not the least bit flexy, it has a very rigid BB and head tube.The bike is a down hill monster -- I previously had a full-suspention bike and this bike is a little rougher (obviously) but it still absorbs the hits and tracks like it is on a rail. I don't think I have ridden a better all around bike. All the benefits of a full-suspention bike with none of the weight.The geometry: Nice, comfortable, laid back yet still aggressive geomerty. You can go out with your riding buddies and kick their asses all over ther trail and on the same bike go out with some novice riders and have some fun on a nice leasurely ride.The company: Well I have to admit that I am probably one of the biggest pains in the ass when it comes to what I ask for and expect from a company I deal with. But Jamie and Airbore have bent over backwards to make sure that no matter what the problem I hang up the phone with a satisfactory result from every interaction. He return calls and e-mails promptly and happily.Draw backs to owning an Airborne: EVERYONE WANTS TO RIDE IT!!!Solution to the draw back: Have them set your bike up with some Time ATAC peddals and no one elses peddals will fit and whalla someone either has to be th same shoe size or a really good friend for you to go through the hassle of changing you peddals.Seriously though I have no complaints about the bike except the decals started to come off but I sent an e-mail and some new ones were mailed to me.Great job with the bike and the company!!!Five whopping chillies!!!

[Mar 24, 2001]
Mikael Arnesson
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Felt right first time testeng it. Smooth ride, Quick response when steering.

Weakness:

Don't know of them yet...(don't believe there's some)

I really love this bike, the finish of the frame is great- the ti look is mucho great'oh. The welds are very clean and the tubing is very,very nice...
I'm 6'15 feet tall, inseam 35.5 inches so the 19'5" frame with a 120mm 0 degree stem are perfect for me.

************************************************************
-Thanks Jamie Raddin & co. for this great frame.

Mikael ,
a weekend warrior from the middle of Sweden.
:)

Similar Products Used:

99' Nishiki Timbuk
00' GT Backwoods

[Mar 02, 2001]
Car Benz
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good for the price!
Ti frame is not as stiff as a GT Al ones.

Weakness:

not detailed enough,the handcraft is not very well at some
corners.

In China, you can buy Litespeed, but cost as times as this much! The frame is made in China, so I bought it at a lower price then you. Actully the Airborne frames are not allow to be sold in PRC, because the company can not earn much money, they would rather take it over the sea, to the other side of the world. So there is a problem: we haven't got any costmer service!! But any way, take a rest over the night on a train, the next day you can get to the company in Beijing. The number of Lucky Strick is not very large ----there are 1'600'000 people in Changsha(the city i live), but there is only one Airborne LS in the city! There are some GT Avanche, some Giant Al frames such as XTC, but nothing better.There lots of DBR WCF and DBR TT-lite here,because they made in China and very very cheep-----$50.00!
I like the Airborne bike very much. I am only only 16 years old and a high school student, so I am not as stronger as people in there 20s, so I need some lite frames.In this case,I used a Wheeler Ti frame----only 3 Ibs! But the frame is as soft as the suspension of a Lincon Towncar.The Airborne is a good Ti frame contains both lightweight and stiffness at same time.When you want to climb, it goes like as someone is pushing you up to the hills. I have never had this kind of felling on my GT Avanche LE. When you goes down the hills or stairs, it goes like as it has a rear suspension.-----This is the features of Ti frame.
If you just want a good frame, take one and have a try. If you want a luxury frame, go and take the Litespeed of some thing like that.
Because of the hard school work, I don't ride it everyday. Instead of it, I take a look on it everyday----Yes, the Airborne Lucky Strick looks nice!
Thank you for reading my review! I am now studing in a foreign language shool and learning English. So there lots of mistakes in ther airticle above, I am sorry.
As the only review from China in MTBR.com, you can see some thing about the MTB sport in China. I am very pleased to meet all of you as friends. Please send me your opinion at [email protected], thank you!
By the way, welcome to China, there lots of trails down the infitive land.

Similar Products Used:

Wheeler Ti,GT avanche,DBR WCF 6.1,DBR TT-lite,Giant XTC

[Feb 23, 2000]
Doug Sloan
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic bike, especially for the money; very light - 20.9 pounds; saves money by picking the components you want from the get go, rather than having to replace stuff; understated good looking bike.

Weakness:

Everyone will want one - there goes any advantage

People can't believe how light this is, and for not much more money than some other companies' Ti frames alone! Airborne's website showed it would weigh 20.6 pounds; my scale and a bike shop's scale both had it at 20.9 pounds (the bike shop said they had never seen a mountain bike that light).

The bike came ready to ride after 10 minutes of unpacking and installing the stem, pedals, seatpost, and front wheel; I mean, "ready to ride!" No adjustments whatsoever needed. Man, is it light - can't quit picking it up; received it on Friday, rode it on Saturday, and raced it on Sunday; everything worked perfectly, even in the race that was 90% mud. The bike is so light you can hop it over many things you might otherwise have to ride around or through; on my first ride up a steep single track I have ridden a thousand times on my full suspension 29 pound bike, the same gear ratio I usually use, ordinarilly pushing it to the max, was incredibly easy on the Airborne. The thing handles like my 16 pound road bike, too; you think it, it goes there; the Ti frame absorbs most bumps and chatter - don't miss the full supsension at all (selling the latter now).

Ordered the bike late on Friday, received it the next Friday, although should have been here on Thursday but for a shipper problem. Good communication with Airborne; they were very helpful and informative. I do feel guilty not supporting local bike shops, but they can't do this - put a bike together with exactly the parts you want, and show you the weights of everything, and for this kind of price. I was hesitant to buy this way (internet), but I have been buying computers from Dell this way for years. No messing around - just spec what you want and you get it. All costs and specs known as you go.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Ground Control; Bianchi road bikes

[Dec 14, 1999]
Ed Bedford
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

My $700 dollars bought me a titanium frame that looks good, is strong, reasonably light, won't rust, mates up well with all my components, won't wear out in my lifetime, climbs and decends very well and, most importantly, got my spouse's blessing to purchase. I believe it's a good deal, not perfect, but it has made me a better rider -- period. What more can you expect from a bike frame? Just one last comment. A bike mechanic for a shop that sells Lightspeeds took mine for a quick spin. After that quick ride he looked it over, commented it compared well to a mid-range Lightspeed hardtail, and was CONSIDERING a Lucky Strike frame for himself.

[Nov 08, 1999]
dave
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

ti damps nice
bump absorption
geometry
purty finish
huffy buy-out (who cares?)

Weakness:

people who cry about huffy buy-out (who cares?)
very poor attention to
assembly details
cable routing

ride is excellent. can non-pros really tell if the monostays are not aligned? does it matter?
frame is very resillient. crashes have only caused very minor scratches, which can be buffed out. IF YOU ORDER A COMPLETE BIKE, MAKE VERY CERTAIN YOU TRIPLE CHECK EVERY LAST FASTENER FOR TIGHT. my bike was delayed in shipping for who knows what reasons (huffy buy out, parts back order, spec switch, etc.) and STILL was not even close to adjusted right. BE VERY THOROUGH. it seems like mine was the exception in these reviews, but...frame: 4.5 dung heaps
assembly: -1.5 dung heaps
customer service:.5 dung heaps
customability: .5 dun heaps

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trek 8500shx alum
jamis cro-mo

[Nov 02, 1999]
Derek Mattice
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Worst $700 I ever spent!

Poor customer service and a bad reputation, plus the bike rides like it has no spirit whatsoever!

Similar Products Used:

iant MCM carbon
Trek 9900 OCLV
CAnnondale CAD4

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