The Airplane tubeset is Columbus' highest production tubeset, here mated to a genuine Columbus Carve carbon monostay/seatstay assembly, and Columbus Carve carbon fork. Finer details include the new barrel-shaped bottom bracket, teardrop profiled top and downtubes, integrated headset, and replaceable derailleur hanger.
Strengths: Stiff,yet smooth ride. Loosened up with age a tad, but still does everything well! If you didn't know it was not made in Italy, you couldn't tell.
Last 62cm frame bought in 2002, gorgeous Cab Metalic red built with Campy 10 spd mix.(All on this site-Record for Veloce $$) Every time I hop on it--Still AMAZING!!Built up in 2006, it's still a ROCKETSHIP. If it had big name on it, would add a thousand minimum 2 price.
Similar Products Used: Cinelli Proxima. This was a great value, but AIRPLANE ROCKS it out of universe!
Bike Setup: CAMPY- (Of course!!) Mavic Equipes, Record Crank,BB,Chain,Cassette,Shifters,Chorus Brakes,Veloce Deraileurs.P.S. 11 is more than 10, right? Campy wears in--Shimy wears out!!
a Recreational Rider
from Los Angeles
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003
Strengths: Stiff BB for acceleration.
Beautiful paint job.
Replaceable derailleur hanger.
Comfortable ride (at 190 lbs).
Weaknesses: Weird brake bolt nut stops.
Front derailleur cable rattles on downtube (fixed with rubber tape on frame).
Aluminum steerer on fork.
Purchased because it was a bargain, I have no complaints about handling, acceleration, stability, paint quality, or weld quality. The frame was very straight, and rides and tracks beautifully. At 190 lbs, the frame is moderately stiff to ride. Caution to lighter riders. Frame weight was low, and produced a 17.5 lb bike with only moderately expensive components (not much Dura Ace or C. Record). The longer top tube fits me like a glove, and the sloping top tube eliminated any need for headset stack-height spacers because of the longer head tube. I was dubious about the integrated headset, but it's proven quite durable--not a single "nick" in the turning, yet. Quite a deal. I understand it's no longer available, but it would be a coup to find one used.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale R900
Specialized M2 Road
"sample" pre-production OS alum.frame.
Bike Setup: VeloMax wheels, variety of lightweight yet rugged components. Only Dura-Ace is shifters,derailleurs,cassette. Rest of bike is bike store "bargains".
a Recreational Rider
from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002
Strengths: Stiff, responsive and comfortable!
Weaknesses: Havent found one yet.
Great bike! I absolutely love it! Best value out there--easily compares to bikes in the $3000 range. Stiff enough to handle my size and yet still comfortable! You cant go wrong with this bike. Get one if you still can!
Bike Setup: Full ultegra drive train with Mavic wheels. Great set up!
a Recreational Rider
from Prescott, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002
Strengths: Great price.
Fast, stiff, and stable at speed.
Weaknesses: No-name brand.
Decals seem of questionable quality.
I've been riding the same road bike since 1983 and had been more into mountain biking for the past 10 or so years. I wanted something relatively affordable, reasonably lightweight and a decent climber to get me back on the road. If a name brand isn't important to you, this is a lot of bike for the money. Before deciding to buy, I comparison shopped similar frames that included Airplane tubing with Columbus Carve fork and seatstays. You can expect to pay twice this amount or more for a frame from one of the big names. The ride is stable, stiff and very smooth. The carbon rear stay and fork makes the bike surprisingly comfortable - much more so than some much more expensive aluminum bikes I test road without the carbon seat stay. Even though I'm a heavy rider, the bike makes climbing a joy and descends at speeds of 40 mph plus comfortably. The paint finish is quite attractive and the welds and build quality are more than acceptable. I couldn't be happier with the ride and quality and I got a lot more bike than I thought I could at this price point.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Allez, Masi Gran Criterium
Bike Setup: Ultegra w/triple chainring, Mavic Cosmos wheelset
a Recreational Rider
from Las Vegas, NV
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002
Strengths: Value, ride and looks.
Weaknesses: The top tube is a bit long for me so I had to purchase a shorter stem than the one it was spec'd with to .
This bike has exceeded my expectations by far! Beautiful paint job, nice stiff frame, carbon stays and fork, Ultegra for only $1500. I was really worried about having purchased a "catalog bike", but when I took my first ride al thos worries went out the window. This bike is just an amazing value.
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