It’s no coincidence that Airborne chose to name its new flagship road bike the “Torch”. Airborne’s Torch represents long hours and late nights of extensive planning, design, and testing. Utilizing a compact frame design and Reynolds groundbreaking seamless double-butted 6/4 titanium, the Torch sets the benchmark for other companies to follow. The Torch maintains the magical ride qualities that titanium is famous for, but provides unparalleled stiffness for climbing, sprinting, and accelerating that have never before been seen in a Ti frame. The Torch marks the beginning of even greater things to come from Airborne.
Strengths: stiff, smooth, very light. i climb better and ride longer on this. you don't see many of these either. pretty nice welds.
did i mention airborne will inspect a used frame and for a small fee, warranty it for life?
Weaknesses: you get a bigger kick through the seat post on big bumps than my carbon frame.
expensive if bought through regular channels
wow-very smooth. climbs better and descends better than my older carbon frame specialized allez. it's also 4.5 lbs lighter (some of which is the carbon stuff). razor like precise steering yet stable and not twitchy. uses reynolds 6/4 double butted ti. i can stand and sprint uphill without chain rub.
I'm looking at getting a new wheelset build up custom built. I demo wheelset of I9 mtb wheels and see good reviews on those wheels and hubs. I can't find any reviews on the road hubset I9 torch.
Has anyone on this forum have any good or bad comments about the hubs. I talked with rep at dirtfes ... Read More »
[url=http://www.snowpeak.com/]Snow Peak[/url] have come out with a lapel torch. Not sure of its value to camping when bike touring but still an alternative to the ubiquitous headlamps and it is good to see product development and new ideas being put into the marketplace.
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Phillipe Gilbert is the new Paolo Bettini
Thomas Voeckler is the new Jens Voigt. Well, maybe in the next year or two. Hard-core Jens fans won't agree with me here but you got to admit that Voeckler is showing signs of being a tough guy who is not afraid of going solo in any kind of conditions.Read More »