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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:12 pm 
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Just finished this at the weekend.

Speaking as an aero engineer, titanium is my dream material... and I wanted a bike that had plenty of it, without completely breaking the bank.

It rides like it looks... light, springy and fairly twitchy, but it accelerates and corners surprisingly well. Just under 10kg, with Spin wheels, thick inner tubes and a few nice light components. I'm going to be using it mainly for commuting with a set of fat semi-slicks.

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FRAME: Airborne Corsair 18" 3Al/2.5V
FORK: Magma Titanium 1 x 1/8", 400mm axle-to-crown (475g)
BAR: X-Lite Titanium
BAR ENDS: X-Lite Pewter Nobbies
STEM: Thomson Elite 110mm / 15 deg / 25.4mm
HEADSET: Chris King NoThreadset with X-Lite Black Stem Cap
GRIPS: WTB
CABLES: Jagwire Braided Titanium
LEVERS / SHIFTERS: Shimano XTR M952
BRAKES: Shimano XTR M952
PEDALS: Time ATAC Titanium
CRANKS: Middleburn Duo 175mm
CHAINRINGS: Middleburn Duo 29T / 44T
CRANK BOLTS: Acor
BOTTOM BRACKET: American Classic Titanium
FRONT MECH: Shimano XTR M952
REAR MECH: Shimano XTR M952 with alloy jockey wheels
CHAIN: YBL Titanium Nitride
CASSETTE: Shimano XT M770 12-34T
WHEELS: Spin
SKEWERS: X-Lite Titanium
TYRES: Continental Speed King 2.1
INNER TUBES: Kenda
SEATPOST: USE Alien Titanium 27.2mm
SEAT CLAMP: Hope 31.8mm
SADDLE: Selle Italia Flite
EXTRAS: 2 x King Titanium bottle cages

WEIGHT: 9.99 kg


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:13 pm 
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more pics


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:40 pm 
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Nice! They ride so so well!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:16 am 
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bump for the Airborne fans


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:33 am 
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That fork looks scary as fook.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:19 pm 
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it looks like it'll be a right mile muncher :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:08 am 
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Looks awsome! Spins definitely take me back to my bmx racing days.

Have you thought about some home made titanium v brakes? :) Since your an engineer and all!

A pro carbon seat would just top it off with that "stealth" status. http://www.aspirevelotech.com/Merchant2 ... ech-Saddle

Mind if I save the pics and add em to my collection?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:27 am 
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Beautiful and elegant.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:28 pm 
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that is fabulous :D never heard of jagwire braided ti cables!...were they costly? that fork looks excellent and ever so slender...i'm too much of a lump for such things, awesome bike and has a few bits on it i have in mind to evolve my lucky strike as bits need replacing...


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