Monday, April 5, 2010

The Storm Is Brewing!

Zeppelin Elite. Image from RSCycle.com
RSCycle.com has recently released a full listing of the upcoming Airborne bikes!!!  Click here to check it out.  While I have not received any official communication from Airborne about the specific bicycle specs, from what I hear floating around in the rumor mill, these bikes look pretty much right on the money!  The only questions in my head are:

A) What are the weights of these bikes? If those cross country bikes weigh down in the 24-26 pound range, they could be incredible!  The Zeppelin Elite looks comparable to my current rig, and with stock components mine was approx. 32 lbs. While the weight may not exactly make or break these bikes, it may make the difference between a pretty good bicycle and a freaking awesome bicycle.

B) Most companies release different levels of their different frames with different component builds.  Are there going to be low-end component offerings and high-end offerings on the same frame?  Sure, you can always upgrade, but I'm talking about stock features right now.

Also, I haven't gotten the latest BikeMag yet, but according to someone in the know, Airborne has a full page ad in it.  Check it out:

Image scanned from BikeMag, courtesy of Dan Lucas

2 comments:

Airborne Bicycles,  April 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Greg,

Thanks for taking an interest in our bicycles. Everyone here at Airborne is pretty excited about our first line of bicycles. Your rig weighed in at just about the same weight as the Zeppelin Elite - 32 -33lbs depending on size. While we are OK with being a pretty good bicycle on our First Flight, we definitely want to be freaking awesome next flight. Lot's of work to do, guess we will just have to go for ride and get started.

Reed Pike - Brand Manager Airborne Bicycles

Greg April 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

Hey Reed,

Thanks for the comment. I was just checking, and I'll probably be riding a 15" frame, so that'll put the bicycle on the lighter end of things as well. Yes, it sounds like it's going to be pretty comparable as far as the specs go. So I'm really excited to hop on and see how it rides!

That's really the biggest thing, and what it really all boils down to: how does the bike ride?

In just over a week, I'll find out!

See you at Sea Otter,
-Greg

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