Air Friday – 54cm x 64cm – 8978

by Bike Friday
Published: July 7, 2021 (3 months ago)
Eugene Oregon

At one time, Bike Friday had a whole array of “Air bikes,” all featuring a unique and simple passive suspension system via a titanium beam. The bikes were well-loved, having no parallel in the bike industry. Originally made for to travel on carry on luggage, regulations have long since changed. As such, the bike has been discontinued. That said, this is unique collector’s item— don’t miss out.

This model is an Air Friday, the speed machine of the Air bikes. Using the penultimate components from Shimano supplemented with a variety of other high end parts, this bike is built to be light and fast. Despite that, it’s got a wide range of gears as well as fittings for a rear rack and fenders, making it suitable for lightweight touring as well.

The Air bikes were always relatively lightweight models and, as such, they are more limited in terms of the rider weight that they will support. You must be under 190 pounds to safely ride this bike. Rack weight is supported by the wheels and the racks themselves, so that weight is not part of the equation.

The Air bikes are a little unique in the fit in that the seat tube height is fixed into the design of the given mainframe. This one in particular is even more unique in that the seat tube is very long relative to the effective top tube length. With a 54cm effective top tube length, this bike would normally be appropriate for someone 5’4″-5’10” or so, but they would also need to have legs long enough for a 64cm seat tube, which should mean roughly an inseam of 33″ or longer, which should limit this to the longer end of that spectrum. If you’re interested in this bike, please make sure to fill out our sizing form to confirm the fit.

Component highlights:

  • TTT Prima drop bars
  • Shimano Ultegra components:
    • 58/46/39 crankset
    • dual pivot brakes
    • 11-28 cassette
    • chain
    • derailleurs
    • hubs
    • integrated shifters
  • Chris King headset
  • Thomson Elite seatpost
  • Schwalbe Durano tires