Airborne Manhattan Project 2003 Road Bike

4.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00


Product Description

The NEW Manhattan Project is the culmination of continuing research, engineering, development and testing to produce the ultimate titanium road frame. Utilizing custom drawn 3Al/ 2.5V titanium tubing, and engineering the tubing profiles so they are force specific in nature, then mating the front triangle with proprietary KESTREL EMS Composite seat stays; Airborne has achieved a ride quality that is unmatched at any price point. (Six sizes available: 51,53,55,57,59 and 61cm)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Herkwo a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2006

Strengths:    Price w/ the military discount could not be beat! Configurable database allowing you to custom build your bike. Frame quality is outstanding. Definitely on par w/ Moots, Litespeed, Merlin, etc. at a fraction of the price!

Weaknesses:    The rider & not enough time to ride? Seriously... Airborne.net giving up and becoming Flyte (Flyte1.com) was an unexpected blow and discouraging knowing now that if I have future warranty problems requiring frame replacement it will be a Flyte frame. I prefer the raw/unpainted Ti frames vs their new painted frames plus they do not currently offer a Ti frame w/ carbon seat stays like the Manhatttan Project.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2005 model. I have put over 3,500 miles on this workhorse and could not be happier. I have had no problems at all. Remarkable ride. The frame is extremely light and coupled with the carbon seat stays and fork the ride is smooth and compliant.
If you can still find one out there garb it. You will not be disappointed.

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Favorite Ride:   North Little Rock/Little Rock River Trail w/ Ft Roots and Overlook thrown in

Price Paid:    $2850.00

Purchased At:   Airborne.net

Similar Products Used:   Tested Litespeed and Merlin.
Past Bike:
Trek 2300
Current MTB:
2000 Schwinn Homegrown w/ full XTR


Bike Setup:   56 CM Manhattan Project Frame, Ultegra components, Reynolds Ouzo ProLite Fork, Mavic Ksyrium SSC's, Michelin Pro Race Tires, Koobie Saddle, ITM Sword Carbon Handlebars, & Speedplay Zero pedals


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by clayg420 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2005

Strengths:    Everything! Ride, Handling, etc. Titanium Frame, Matching Airborne Fork and Seat Stay by Reynolds, Welds, Kysrium wheels, much better deal than Merlin, Moots, Litespeed, etc.

Weaknesses:    i am enjoying it too much to realize any weakness

Bottom Line:   
I was actually buying two bikes, one for me, one for my wife. I shopped for about 6 months. Felt like Airborne offered the best value - titanium frame, lifetime warranty, 10 day money back trial test, 1/2 price crashed frame replacement, plus you get to select the components, but found out to do this with most bikes in this range you are subject to your LBS prices for those component choices. I found most bike shops tried to sell you on the you need a custom sized bike before they even know if you need a custom sized bike. This bike shop measured both my wife and I before making any kind of determination. We are both extremely happy with our purchases (she got a WASP).

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Favorite Ride:   North Sumner County - Nashville

Price Paid:    $3899.00

Purchased At:   The Jolly Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   waterford, trek, litespeed

Bike Setup:   Ultegra 10 group, Kysrium Elite wheels, Koobi Saddle, kenda tires, Thomson seat post & stem


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sd.jackson a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2005

Strengths:    Looks. Glides instead of rolls.Goes into fast corners just where you aim it. Saves you a fortune. You will never spend a penny (or cent ) on another frame again.

Weaknesses:    I like beer too much.(I had to write something, the bike is perfect)

Bottom Line:   
I have just bought the 2005 model with aileron sl full carbon fork. i have seen hundreds of bikes in my time but this is the most beautiful piece of engineering i have ever seen. i would stand it next to anything. it is simply stunning. i have done about 25 miles on this thing and the difference in ride quality between this and my £1000 Giant is clear. This is a bike that you look at and think it is worth twice what you paid, ride it and wonder why you ever rode anything else. No disrespect to the 2004 and 2003 owners but in the aesthetic stakes, the 2005 wins outright.

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Favorite Ride:   Hills around Derbyshire

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   JeJames cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant ocr zero (full ultegra)
Nearly as good airborne zeppelin


Bike Setup:   Aileron Sl carbon fork and steerer, mavic ksyrium elite wheels, campag centaur group, selle italia titanium flite seat, carbon seat post.Bar phatt tape with gel inserts.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cragrat a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2004

Strengths:    Great looks and comfort and a competitive price for the package

Weaknesses:    Transfers have all started to peel off. Would have gave it 5s if it wasnt for this

Bottom Line:   
I love this frame it really is comfy and it sure gives you back what you give it.Carbon rear end is very direct and sharp

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Favorite Ride:   Trossachs Over dukes pass Scotland

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Wheelcraft /clachan

Similar Products Used:   1st generation carbon / So anything would be an improvement. But seriously this frame is responsive And stiff

Bike Setup:   ultegra d/ace mix. use carbon post.millenium stem. 215 deda bars.hand built ambrosio exl. rims on ultegra hubs. speedplay pedals


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by msurapid a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth ride, weight, stability. Titanium. Lifetime frame warranty.

Weaknesses:    No quick release seat post. Purely personal preference, but I am not thrilled with the stock handlebar shape.

Bottom Line:   
The ride quality of this bike is amazing. I have taken rides up to 70 miles with no fatigue whatsoever. Road vibration is nil. At times I look at the tires to make sure they are not going soft, as the road feels that smooth.

The finish is excellent. And as other writers have noted, the rear triangle is a thing of beauty.

Because I bought it in February, (in northern Michigan) and because I got it at a substantial discount from list price, I did not even try other brands. I cannot imagine liking anything any better.

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Favorite Ride:   Old Mission Peninsula

Price Paid:    $2150.00

Purchased At:   City Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Slingshot 650c road bike.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra triple, reynolds ouzo pro carbon fork, Kysirium elite wheels, Terry fly saddle with titanium rails.



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