Sold! Chris Locke is the new owner.....frame is en route already.
I'm selling the Airborne, after nearly 7 years on this thing. The bike has been a dream and like all ti hardtails, it offers a ride quality that is unmatched. Nothing comes close to the feel of ti, and this bike was made in the height of popularity for Airborne (pre-Pacific buyout).
For the price of $325.00, I'll ship out the frame and it includes a Chris King Headset, and a water bottle cage. Why the cage you ask? Well, the bolts are in tight and I didn't want to strip the heads, so I left the cage in. It works, it's light and it doesn't suck, so what the heck - keep the cage in place. The stickers on the bike are showing 7 years of wear on them, but the frame looks like all ti frames - almost new! Scratches just don't show up. I always liked the finish of Airborne over the other ti companies. Moots is known for it's matted color, but the polished ti of an Airborne just always stands out above the rest. Go through a muddy bog and completely cover this bike with dirt - no worries. One wipe of a damp cloth and the shiny ti comes right on out. Here are some pictures.
This was taken last fall while waiting for the IMBA Crew (Nat & Rachel) along with some FooMTB people. Unfortunately I waited a looooong time as one of our riders took a bad endo on Oso Corridor. Note the singlespeed setup. No tensioner or anything. 32x18 is the "magic gear" that fit's in snug as a bug in a rug.
The bike worked it's butt off as a snow plow
Taken the day of this post - all stripped down and ready for sale. Frame is equipped for disk brake and also rim brake. Size Large, which is a 19" I believe. I did drill out the bosses for hydraulic lines, but even fully jacketed brake cable can be run through then if rim brakes will be used - better idea anyway because it keeps the dirt out.
Dick Brake and hydraulic cable guides. Revolutionary at the time - way ahead of the competition.
The wishbone rear end. Solid as a rock and only the Moots Rigormootis is still doing it. It added a few extra grams, but it made the bike handle so much better.
Again, Airborne was revoluntionary - look at the chainstays - flared for wide lugs. 2.3 Conti's fit in here. (but I never liked those wide tires)
Never had chain suck issues and stays are in excellent shape.
Weight came out at 4.32-lbs with the Chris King Headset and the water bottle holder. Sick light. Subtrack nearly 1/2-lb for those components and this is one stiff, awesome ti frame.
In the early years I used it as a geared frame, and it looks kind of funny now with the SID but yet the riser bars. I ended up running a 100mm F100X and flats and the it really rocked. But the Marzocchi Marathon Race in picture one (80mm) was a perfect match for the ride.