Friday, April 15, 2011

Airborne Wingman First Impressions Review

The Wingman is Airborne Bicycles' first foray into the dirt jump market, and they have landed with a splash! The Wingman is designed to line up against bikes that cost hundreds of dollars more, and to compete with them in style.

Based on my time riding the Wingman today, it has truly fulfilled that mission.

I got the opportunity to tear around the Sea Otter pump track (that was open to us mere mortals) aboard the Wingman until I had my fill of berms, rollers, and jumps. The Wingman performed in style! The design and spec was spot-on for the DJ application, and the weight was perfect: not too heavy, not too light.

In addition to performing well, the Wingman's tube design really draws your eye in and forces you to take notice. Compared to many other DJ bikes the graphics on the Wingman are very subdued, but because of this stellar engineering it doesn't need all of the flashy colors!

Top tube design.

Top tube close up
Please note that I only rode with clipless pedals out of personal preference, and because I only packed XC shoes and Chacos. The Wingman comes stock with flat pedals.


Wingman Logo

The Wingman is a very competent dirt jump bike, and this competency is compounded by the fact that it only rings up at $749.95. At that price, this rig can't be beat!

Video


Spec Sheet:
Frame6061 Hydroformed Aluminum 26" Jump Frame
ForkMarzocchi Bomber DJ-3 100mm Travel
HeadsetAhead Sealed Cartridge 1 1/8"
Brake LeversTektro Auriga Comp
BrakesTektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic Disc
RotorsTektro 160mm Rotor
Cassette12T
ChainKMC Z 510 1/8"
CrankBFC-II Cromoly Tubular with 48 spline 19mm spindle 175mm length, 28T Alu Chainwheel
Bottom Bracket48 spline 19mm spindle with sealed bearings euro-type
PedalsWellgo Alloy Flat
RimsAlex DP17 Double Wall 32h Disk Specific PV
HubsKT Sealed Bearing 36H
SpokesBlack 14g Stainless
TiresKenda K-Rad 26x2.3 inch
HandlebarFUNN Fatboy OE 710mm width 50mm rise 31.8mm clamp
StemFUNN Crossfire 50mm length 31.8mm bore clamp
SaddleFUNN Throne with 8mm cromo rails
Seat PostFUNN Crossfire 6061 31.6mm
ExtrasFUNN Combat Lock-on Grips, Alloy QR Seat Clamp, Owners Manual

4 comments:

Jordans_tiger April 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM  

The Airborne Wingman looks and sounds like an amazing DJ bike. Great job on the write up, Greg. And great job on the Wingman to Airborne.

Emiliano Cabrera November 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

wow!! so nice! i like so much that bike! great post dude!

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