Thursday, April 15, 2010

Enjoying California!

Our first look at the bikes.
Written on my last connecting flight:

It’s been a long day of travel already, and I’m still in the air. No seriously, I’m just ready to land already. Currently we are flying over through patchy clouds over the mounts of California, and were just early flying over the Pacific Ocean. I love traveling, and today is my first day being in the state of California and seeing the Pacific. I love traveling, but I’m sick of it already—that’s a weird feeling. I’d have to say that I still vastly prefer driving to flying  despite all of the distance we’ve covered today.

Just got in. Representing with the Singletracks.com T-shirt
 

The Taka
8:10 PM Pacific, 11:10 PM Eastern:

We finally made it to Monterey, and after we got in there was little time to chill out and recoop.  It was back to the hotel, unload, head to the Event to check the place out, head out to supper for a meeting, head to the beach  to take in the gorgeous sunset, and then back to the hotel.  We have a quick 30 minute break at the moment, and soon we will be down to the lobby to get some of our free schwag (which I'm totally stoked about!)

At our informal meeting over steak, Reed Pike shared with us the vision that he has for the future of Airborne Bicycles, and the ethos that is the driving force behind the company.  I have to say, I am very excited to be a part of this company. I'm still going to evaluate their products and where they're headed objectively, but from what I've seen and heard so far, I'm really excited!



Pump track wheelie.
Pump Track


Taka Headset
Set Up for Sea Otter

As we walked around to get a little feel for the expo area, it soon became clear that this event is going to be BIG. There were already bikes everywhere, with many more venders and about 20,000 fans piled on top of that to come! We same tons of other cool bikes, many of which I am really excited to get to test ride. Click here to check some of them out.

Tomorrow is going to be awesome!  For now, I really need to get some sleep.  I've been awake for about 20 hours.

In summary, here are some pictures:

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean
Flight Crew on the beach
Greg (Me), Kevin, Dan.
Standing above the Pacific
Flight Crew loading into the van
Reed Pike, our fearless leader and Monterey native.

2 comments:

Mark April 15, 2010 at 6:11 AM  

So, what does Airborne have for bikes? CF, 29er, full squish, or what?

Greg April 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

Hey Mark,

All of the stats on the stock build are available at http://www.rscycle.com/Airborne

They currently have a couple of hardtails, and 4 FS bikes ranging from 5" of travel to 8".

Currently everything is 26ers, but I have heard rumors that there are already more products in the works... we'll see!

Also, check back over the next couple of days and I will be riding probably almost every one of the bikes and reviewing them.

Should be sweet!

-Greg

PS If you meant carbon fiber by "CF," everything's currently aluminum.

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