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Old September 3rd 05, 04:00 PM
res09c5t
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Default Anyone have the scoop on Airborne?

Hi,
Apparently Airborne Direct is no longer with us, at least in its previous
form. It appears to be ongoing in Europe but in the US, Echelon Sports (US
presence behind Airborne) is now re-branded as "Flyte". Some posts to their
discussion boards alluded to some problem with licensing the Airborne name
from Huffy but I didn't get any sense of what was behind this problem.

Anyone know what happened? I've got a Zepp and have been very happy- I'd
hate to see them fade from existence.
Thanks!
Lyle


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Old September 3rd 05, 10:14 PM
Tom P
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"res09c5t" wrote in message
news:8UiSe.535$Sx4.102@trnddc06...
Hi,
Apparently Airborne Direct is no longer with us, at least in its previous
form. It appears to be ongoing in Europe but in the US, Echelon Sports

(US
presence behind Airborne) is now re-branded as "Flyte". Some posts to

their
discussion boards alluded to some problem with licensing the Airborne name
from Huffy but I didn't get any sense of what was behind this problem.

Anyone know what happened? I've got a Zepp and have been very happy- I'd
hate to see them fade from existence.
Thanks!
Lyle



Huffy bought Airborne from the original owners. The original owners then
bought Airborne back from Huffy, but Huffy retained the rights to the
Airborne name. So Airborne had since been paying a licensing fee to Huffy to
use the name. I think this move was to free themselves from having to pay
the licensing fee.


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Old September 4th 05, 03:38 AM
Rich Clark
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Default Anyone have the scoop on Airborne?


"res09c5t" wrote in message
news:8UiSe.535$Sx4.102@trnddc06...
Hi,
Apparently Airborne Direct is no longer with us, at least in its previous
form. It appears to be ongoing in Europe but in the US, Echelon Sports
(US presence behind Airborne) is now re-branded as "Flyte". Some posts to
their discussion boards alluded to some problem with licensing the
Airborne name from Huffy but I didn't get any sense of what was behind
this problem.

Anyone know what happened? I've got a Zepp and have been very happy- I'd
hate to see them fade from existence.


If you (like me) bought your Airborne prior to August 2002, while Airborne
was still owned by Huffy, you are SOL if you need support for your
"lifetime" warranted frame. The new company will support (by selling you a
half-price replacement frame) frames made between then (when they bought
their company back from Airborne) and now. But as of now there is no more
Airborne USA. The company that bought the rights to market Airborne products
in Europe is apparently continuing.

While I have no reason to mistrust my Carpe Diem frame, which is my everyday
ride for commuting and almost everything else, it's a little unsettling to
know that if it fails, it's trash.

RichC



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Old September 4th 05, 05:26 AM
Rich Clark
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"Rich Clark" wrote in message
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If you (like me) bought your Airborne prior to August 2002, while Airborne
was still owned by Huffy, you are SOL if you need support for your
"lifetime" warranted frame. The new company will support (by selling you a
half-price replacement frame) frames made between then (when they bought
their company back from Airborne) and now. But as of now there is no more
Airborne USA. The company that bought the rights to market Airborne
products in Europe is apparently continuing.


I completely misread the statement. Post 9/02 owners are covered as if the
frame was sold by the new company. Pre 9/02 owners are offered a new frame
for half price. That's considerably better than nothing.

While I have no reason to mistrust my Carpe Diem frame, which is my
everyday ride for commuting and almost everything else, it's a little
unsettling to know that if it fails, it's trash.


It's worth half the price of a new one, which is much better.

Sorry for posting incorrect information. I should have just posted the link:
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/warranty.asp

RichC

RichC


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Old September 5th 05, 12:23 AM
Llatikcuf
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Default Anyone have the scoop on Airborne?

Ti can be repaired, might be more than a 1/2 cost frame though.

http://www.ticycles.com/store/repair.html#frame

-n

 




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