Friday, July 30, 2010

Lots of Stuff in the Mix: Friday Flight Crew Update

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The Airborne world has been a busy, busy place as of late.  But before we get to all of the news, here's your mtb video fix for the week:

Airborne has officially announced on their Facebook page that the next bicycle to be released will be a 29er!  The Flight Crew has been having a big say in some of the design elements, as well as the name and color selection of the new bike.  It has been really exciting to give advice on the "under development" models, and I am very excited to finally see the production model of the 29er very soon!

Taka Time

Photo taken by Patrick
In order to help us spread the word about more of their current bike models, Airborne has decided to send each Flight Crew member a second bicycle!  After much internal turmoil, I selected what I honestly think is currently the best bicycle in Airborne's lineup: the Taka downhill bike

I have wanted to get into full-on lift served DH riding for a very long time, but I've never really lived in a place where it would be practical to buy a dedicated downhill rig.  Well, I still fully don't as it's almost 4 hours to the nearest lift served riding, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get one of these sweet rides for free! 

Dang, I just love going fast downhill!  I can't wait for this to show up on my doorstep!

Other Flight Crew Members
Ana Christina Rodriguez has ridden the Taka to the top of the podium and claimed the title of Wyoming's Pro Women's DH Champion!  A big shout out to her, and a congratulations on a job well done!

Marty Tank just posted a new riding video of him tearing up some sweet Wisconsin singletrack.  Be sure to click here and check it out!

Your Turn: How interested are you in Airborne's new 29er?  What do you think it would take for a 29er to really stand out in the current market?


eastwood,  July 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Nice video. I liked the music pairing with the trail - very good fit, nice vibe. I enjoyed the inclusion of the sapling trample there - nice touch with the slow mo replay lining up with the lyrics ("stumble").

As for the new 29er - I'm envious you are in on the ground level there getting to add input as to their upcoming designs - and say in the colors, sweet deal man!! What can Airborne do to have their 29er stand out... tough one. May be a price/compnent deal. What will people be getting in this 29er that they can't from others... with all else even, then it comes down to aesthetics I suppose, so make it look kick ass!! ha ha

Greg Heil July 31, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Thanks eastwood, glad you liked the vid! I tried to focus in more on smaller clips of interesting sections of the trail instead of just having long, drawn out descents.

Airborne's goal is to produce affordable bikes, so I'm confident that the price tag will be very attractive. What really needs to happen, though, is that the price tag looks good and the components that the spec are still solid performers. Oh, and one other thing: I want this bike to be sub-30 lbs (27 would be very nice). We'll see if that happens or not.

As far as aesthetics, Airborne has knocked that out of the park with their current rigs! I am really stoked on all of the graphics that they currently have, and am confident they're going to continue that trend!

Thanks for the thoughts man.

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