Airstreeem launches in the UK
Austrian brand's bikes and wheels available in the UK for the first time
Austrian brand Airstreeem – yes, that’s a triple e in there – has now arrived in the UK with a range of bikes and wheels.
Airstreeem was established in Salzburg in 2008 by Stefan Probst, a pro cyclist from the KTM Continental Team. The brand has its own in-house research and development team – which is what people tell us when they want to emphasise that they don’t just buy their products out of a catalogue from the Far East and slap their name on the down tube. All of the road bikes in the range are built around closed mould T1000 carbon fibre frames.
The £2,499 Triple E is Airstreeem’s full-on road race bike with a low and stretched geometry. The medium sized model, for example, comes with a 54.8cm effective top tube and a 14.5cm head tube. Airstreeem claim a frame weight of 1,190g and a fork weight of 320g.
The bike is built up with a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Airstreem’s own AL20 Rigid aluminium wheels (the main picture, above, does not show the bike in the correct build).
As the name suggests, the Aerotype Road is the aero road bike in the Airstreeem range. It has aero-profile frame tubes, a small rear triangle, and a deep-legged fork. The frame comes with an integrated seatmast although you can also get an adapter to adjust the seat height too. Airstreeem quote a 1,150g frame weight here, and 425g for the fork.
The Aerotype Road comes in the same build as the Triple E (again, that's not the build shown in the picture) and costs £2,699.
The cheapest road bike in the range – or ‘least expensive’, if you prefer – is the RR Storm at £1,999. The geometry here is a little more relaxed: the medium model comes with a 55.4cm effective top tube and a 17.4cm head tube. The chainstays and wheelbase are a little longer too, which should add to the stability.
Interestingly, at 981g (size medium) the RR Storm has the lightest frame of any of the Airstreeem models. It’s built up with a SRAM Apex groupset with WiFLi wide-ranging gearing.
All of Airstreem’s frames come with a 12-year warranty period.
Airstreeem also do a line of wheels in various depths and in both aluminium and carbon. The top-of-the-range Team SL 33 (£1,899) comes with 33mm-deep carbon-fibre rims laced to Airstreeem’s own double bearing hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Airstreem claim a lightweight 1,170g for these.
The Carbon Aero 50 Superlights (£1,799) are designed to be more aerodynamically efficient with 50mm deep, 24.5mm wide rims. These also use double-bearing hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Airstreeem claim a 1,210g weight for these, which is very light for wheels with this rim depth.
Both of these wheels feature what Airstreeem call a ‘Nano-high-temperature brake-flanks-coating’. They claim, “Brake performance with Airstreeem carbon wheels is the same as aluminium with considerably lower temperatures than standard carbon fibre. This is coupled with great brake performance in the wet.”
We’ve not tried them so we can’t comment, but we’ll try to get something from the range in for review here on road.cc.