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Airborne titanium bike

Postby alpineaddict » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:22 am

Hi folks

A friend of mine is thinking of getting an Airborne Manhattan Project titanium bike... Knowing very little about them, I thought I would ask the wider public on here for thoughts and opinions on them...

Not exactly a prolific cyclist (distance wise) but he would use it to cycle from place to place and the occasional distance trip... Thinks he might be able to get it for £750 3rd hand...

He currently rides a Trek Ali frame bike that cost him around £1k...

Thoughts and opinions please folks, would be great :)

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby cougie » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:32 am

How old is it ? What groupset ?

£750 is a fair amount for an old bike and just cycling place to place ? He could get a decent bike sized perfectly for him for that much.

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby alpineaddict » Thu Dec 13, 2012 14:56 pm

Anyone???

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby gabriel959 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 15:17 pm

Not a bad bike but £750 for a 3rd hand bike with no warranty and of that age is not brilliant. I sold my titanium Sabbath for £1000 (and I owned that from new) earlier this year and it was much newer than that. I would pay max £500 for that bike to be honest
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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby nochekmate » Thu Dec 13, 2012 15:57 pm

An experienced and knowledgeable buyer might only wish to pay £500 for it, but it's definitely worth more than that in parts given the groupset, wheels and titanium frame. Yes it's older stuff, but it would still command a price. £750 is no bargain though. I would willingly buy it at £500 but not at £750 (there are better carbon bikes out there for that figure but titanium does command a premium if that's what he's needing)

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby cooper.michael1 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 00:38 am

Airborne were re-branded Van Nicholas about 5-6 years ago from memory. http://www.vannicholas.com/

Look like good quality, attractive bikes in my opinion. You can buy a new Van Nicholas starting from about £2000, so that gives you an idea.

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby alpineaddict » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:33 am

Hi guys... Thx loads for the feedback on this... All has been passed on... General consensus seems, good bike but not worth £750... Thx folks :)

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby Arthur Scrimshaw » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:06 am

I wouldn't buy any bike from someone who leans it against a wall on the top tube (or any other part of the frame)

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:20 pm

FWIW the Manhattan Project was constructed from Reynolds 6/4 titanium which is lighter and stiffer than the regular 4/2.5 ti alloy normally used - the frame was pretty well double the price of other Airborne frames. Airborne were bought out by Schwinn Corp and the 'goodwill' was picked up by VanNicholas who helped set-up Airborne's European Distribution. Frame is probably about 8 years old now - originally sold for £2k - I'm still riding a ti 6/4 bike thats 11 years old. £750 is probably a reasonable price, but not a bargain - £500-600 would be more reasonable for a bike of that vintage.
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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby NapoleonD » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Oof!! Seller laughing all the way to the bank! 980 quid?!
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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:28 pm

Buyer will be $crewed when they realise that the wheel rims are worn out and you can't get spares anymore either.
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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby nochekmate » Fri Dec 14, 2012 14:49 pm

NapoleonD wrote:Oof!! Seller laughing all the way to the bank! 980 quid?!


I took that to be the price that it sold at prior to the possible deal currently being discussed.

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby alpineaddict » Fri Dec 14, 2012 16:00 pm

nochekmate wrote:
NapoleonD wrote:Oof!! Seller laughing all the way to the bank! 980 quid?!


I took that to be the price that it sold at prior to the possible deal currently being discussed.


Correct... :) That was what the current owner paid...

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby nochekmate » Fri Dec 14, 2012 16:22 pm

Given that that was only April he won't be looking to take a £400 hit on it - but he overpaid massively given the age of components/wheels at £900+

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Re: Airborne titanium bike

Postby alpineaddict » Fri Dec 14, 2012 16:32 pm

Thx again folks... Hopefully my mate will read this thread with interest :)


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