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2011 Airborne Wingman Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
Discontinued
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    “Airborne Wingman- decent but the problems show”

    The Good: -Frame design -Hydraulic brakes -lightweight -dual walled rims -looks -Price

    The Bad: -headset sucks -crank likes to come loose -sucks to service -Fork cannot be set very stiff and is heavy -I have suspicion of a wide defect on the bike (see below)

    Overall Review:

    The wingman is stiff, light and maneuverable. Nothing feels like the bike is $660. Until you have logged some actual time on the bike. After riding far more expensive dirt jumpers, i can fairly say that this is able to keep up in basic dirt jump arenas but for advanced riders looking to start pulling bigger tricks it is a close call. Everything on the bike promotes control and high flying. Berms are swallowed up and pumptracks are absolutely demolished. Use it for freestyle, Dual slolam, its even light enough for 4X. Stock the bike doesnt quite cut it though. There are three main problems- headset, fork, and crank. After having problems with it three different bike shops said the stock crank isnt compatible with the frame and can only work partially with careful adjustment. Also the headset comes loose a ton. Is it because the stock headset is crap? nope. an upgrade to a cane creek 40 didnt solve the problem. And I was even more appaled to run into two wingman owners having THE SAME EXACT PROBLEMS. That being said the bike will for sure make for a good beginner DJ bike and will take you to new heights (literally and figuratively) With a few upgrades and adjustments the bike will fit like a glove and preform like it costs more towards three grand rather than 600.
    So how do the individual components preform? ---

    • Wheels- The Alex Fr30 wheels are decent freeride rims. They are dual walled so they are durable and will not bent easily. They are exceptionally light. The hubs and spokes however are pretty heavy and are a bit of a disappointment when paired with such great rims
    • Fork- The Marzocchi DJ 3 fork gives me mixed feelings. It is somewhat plush and responsive. It is however a bit on the heavy side and adjustment is near impossible. The other downside to the suspension is that since Marzocchi might go under there may no longer be a suspension warranty. It runs 9mm bmx bolts rather than a thru axle which makes removal easy but isnt quite as stiff.
    • Crank- pretty heavy and likes to come loose. Keep an eye on it. Some shops have even told me its not compatible with the frame
    • Frame- Light, stiff and looks trick. the geometry gives control that i have felt on no other bike in this price range
    • Cockpit- (bars stem grips)- There just kind of there. the cockpit is all preference so the chance its perfect is slim. i like short stems, wide bars and not much rise. I have switched out the bars, stem and grips. That's nothing big though, to adjust to new bars and stem.
    • Brakes- Tektro is notorious for being difficult to dial in. That aside, I was pleasantly surprised with their performance. Once dialed, they are consistent and strong. A little on the heavy side, but good. I might replace them at some point but there staying for now
    • Headset- Crap. tough to dial in, and can come loose. being an integrated system shops can be confused by it during service. The compression ring is rubber so upgrading that to a metal one is cheap and worth while. Upgrades are a pain because the integrated system is not commonly found on big bike brands like trek. If I upgrade mine I will upgrade it bit by bit. It will work though, but for high performance a new compression ring is a good idea.
    • Tires- They are beefy which gives a bit of cushion during tough landings. They have beefy but fast knobs so they are great for riding dirt jumps and slopestyle. They aren't perfect for street parks but they are pretty good still.
    • Ride- Extremely maneuverable. The bike has wheel/pedal clearance for bar spins and it is able to pull massive whips like it is second nature. My friend has even pulled tailwhips on it. The bike can bust some tricks to say the least.

    Overall -- For the price it rocks. Over all it will get work done and carry you to new heights. There are better components so upgrading is not out of the question. stock it will get the job done and airborne should be proud of the machine they have made. Would recommend it for a budgeted rider who only rides once or twice a week. for people who ride more and are more advanced pass on it.

    “AIRBORNE WINGMAN - An Aerial Ace for the Rider on a Budget.”

    The Good: I'm the proud owner of an Airborne Wingman. The Wingman is a dirt jumper and urban assault machine. It also works great for pump-tracks, 4-cross and dual-slalom. Not to mention, it's a rolling work of art you can throw down sick tricks on. The Wingman's hydro-formed 6061 aluminum frame is a masterpiece and has been described as a work of art by many. It's beefy yet light and has an integrated headset. The top tube and rear drop-out designs are wicked cool, like no other on the market. The frame has only one gusset, which is an open-ended design at the down-tube/head-tube junction. The Wingman is currently only offered in a 17.5" frame size. Airborne's Wingman stands out for several reasons. One reason being the frame design. Another being the components it's spec'd with. It comes out of the box with 160mm Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic brakes front and rear. Yes, front and rear. A Marzocchi Bomber DJ-3 fork comes equipped on this beast, which can be found on bikes in the $1,000 range, featuring preload adjust on top of the right stanchion. Traction is put to the ground via BFC-II chromo tubular crank-set, Quantra sealed bearing hubs and Alex FR30 wheels wrapped in Kenda K-Rad 2.3" rubbers. Cockpit consists of Funn Components with 710mm Fatboy bars with lock-on grips, Crossfire stem and seat post, and their Throne saddle. This bike has an ultra-low stand-over clearance, so it's super flickable and whipable. Making it easy to control, keeping your shins and knees from making unwanted/needed contact with the frame. Which I find aids in cornering and busting out your favorite tricks. I run my saddle slammed, I find it helps me in cornering and for tricks as well... and it looks freaking sweet. The Wingman's frame is rigid with short chainstays which makes for a flex-free experience when cornering and getting up to speed. The 28/12 gearing is a little on the tall side but works great for my style of riding. The bike is rigid and rolls excellent, making every bit of leg movement flow effortlessly into forward momentum. Manualing on the Wingman is nearly a subconscious act. Lifting the front end is a breeze thanks to the nicely tucked in rear wheel/tire. This thing jumps and flies through the air like a fighter jet. You can land this bike anywhere you can fit it. It launches like a guided missle. The Marzocchi DJ-3 is stiff to absorb hard landings. Cornering is like riding on rails, making it effortless to change lines and carve berms. The Kenda rubbers make ample traction in dirt and urban environments. Airborne cuts out the middle man, which means you get an epic deal on a sweet rig. The Wingman can normally be purchased for $800, but you can currently purchase it for $700. My opinion is this rig is better than a lot of other dirt jumpers found in the $1,000 price range. It does require some assembly. So for those of you like me who love to wrench on things, you even get to put it together yourself, how cool is that. When you open the box you will find everything is well protected and held secure with lots of foam and zip-ties. This thing could be dropped as a care package from a plane and survive.

    The Bad: Here are some tips/upgrades to keep in mind. Wrap up the chainstay with an old tube and a few zip-ties. It will eliminate the noise of the chain slapping the chainstay. I also put a loving dab of thread lock on the crank bolts, just to make sure they don't vibrate loose. If you plan on doing bar-spins or tail-whips you might want to invest in longer brake hoses.

    Overall Review: I must say, I absolutely love the Wingman. It has become my primary rig. A+ to the Airborne crew. It's fast rolling and great for urban assaults and dirt jumps/pump-tracks, light with low stand-over for excellent cornering and insane aerial trickery. Hands down, one boss rig. To get your very own aerial ace visit http://www.AirborneBicycles.com. You can also e-mail them at Support@AirborneBicycles.com or call 1-800-888-BIKE.
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

    Specifications

    Model Year 2011
    Riding Type Dirt Jump / Urban
    Sizes and Geometry

    Standard View Geometry

    Size Standard
    Top Tube Length 21.75
    Head Tube Angle 71°
    Head Tube Length 4.3
    Seat Tube Angle 71°
    Seat Tube Length 12.5
    Bottom Bracket Height
    Chainstay Length 15.5
    Wheelbase 39.7
    Standover
    Reach
    Stack
    Frame Material 6061 Hydroformed Aluminum 26" Jump Frame
    Rear Travel N/A
    Rear Shock N/A
    Fork Marzocchi Bomber DJ3
    Fork Travel 4"
    Head Tube Diameter 1 1/8"
    Headset Ahead Sealed Cartridge
    Handlebar FUNN Fatboy OE 710mm width 50mm rise 31.8mm clamp
    Stem FUNN Crossfire 50mm
    Grips FUNN Combat Lock-on Grips
    Brakes Tektro Auriga Comp
    Brake Levers Tektro Auriga Comp
    Shifters N/A
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur N/A
    ISCG Tabs N/A
    Chainguide N/A
    Cranks BFC-II Cromoly Tubular with 48 spline 19mm spindle 175mm length,
    Chainrings 28T Alu
    Bottom Bracket 48 spline 19mm spindle with sealed bearings
    Pedals Wellgo Alloy Flats
    Chain KMC Z-510
    Cassette 12t
    Rims Alex DP17 Double Wall 32h Disk Specific PV
    Hubs KT Sealed Bearing 36H
    Spokes Black 14g Stainless
    Tires Kenda K-Rad 2.3"
    Saddle FUNN Throne with 8mm cromo rails
    Seatpost FUNN Crossfire 6061
    Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
    Seatpost Clamp Alloy QR clamp
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 135mm
    Max. Tire Size N/A
    Bottle Cage Mounts N/A
    Colors Satin Gunmetal
    Warranty
    Weight

    N/A

    Miscellaneous
    Price $749.95
    More Info Airborne website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry