Review: 2011 Airborne Delta CX
I won’t lie, the Airborne Delta CX was the most exciting part of becoming a member of the Airborne Flight Crew this past spring. I was going to have the inside scoop, test ride and ride for a season a wonderful cyclocross bike that hopefully would crack open a huge “hidden nut” in the bicycle industry. A budget priced, disc brake, cyclocross bike. As a lover of cyclocross bikes for the utility and functionality, this bike fit right into my arsenal to refer friends and followers to.
Budget Minded Airborne Delta Cyclocross Bike
When friend and follower Rick Vosper sent along spy photos of a new cyclocross bike he had up his Airborne Bicycles sleeve, I was impressed and excited. I was sworn to secrecy until they finished testing it.
Here’s the low down. $1099 for a SRAM Apex equipped, custom carbon fork, disc brake cyclocross bike. Yes, you read $1099. Do you know how rare it is to find a cyclocross bike around $1000? Meet the Airborne Delta CX.
Now Airborne Bicycles is a unique company as it is everything that local bike shops hate. You can only purchase them online, and because they take out the middle man their bikes are cheaper. There’s going to be a specific customer for their niche, one that knows what they are looking for, and either knows how to put their unbox their bike, or is okay to take it to the bike shop. Personally, I’m a fan of this concept. Buy your bike online, as long as you know what you are doing, bring it to the shop for them to properly build it and then pay them again to fit you. No low margin bikes for the shop, and only money making profit on the labor of the services. This is a completely different rant, but for now I’ll save you.
The Airborne Delta CX One Part CX, One Part Commuter
This bike will be ready to rock well before the cyclocross season comes back around. It is also equipped with bosses for your rack, as a disc brake cyclocross would be a perfect commuter. That’s the great thing about a good cyclocross bike. The ample tire clearance gives you room for fenders, rack and all those goodies plus a slightly more upright position than a road bike. While living in DC, Boston or major cities cyclocross bikes were my go to bikes for 80% of people wanting to “tool around”, commute and go for a fun road ride.
View more photos on Airborne’s Facebook Page.