Airdrop Bikes Set to Land in the UK

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Airdrop Bikes Set to Land in the UK

Brand new brand based in Sheffield launch the 150mm 'Edit'

The tagline reads, “New, Independent, Rider Owned”, and that pretty much sums it up… actually Ed from Airdrop Bikes sums it up better himself:

“I’m that latest dude who thinks he can set up a new, independent mountain bike brand in the UK. There’s some evidence that I might be right. It’s called Airdrop Bikes. The first bike – The Edit – has been in development for 18 months, it’s in production now, and the website has just gone live. So we’re all set. Stock is due in February.”

To the point. We haven’t see one of the bikes in the flesh yet, but what we can tell you is that Airdrop have designed a bike specifically for aggressive UK trail use. The main features are 4-bar linkage design, 6061-T6 Heat treated alloy tubing, 150mm rear travel, 27.5”, designed around 1x drivetrains, Tapered headtube, 142x12mm rear axle and Threaded BB with ISCG05 tabs, 66º head angle and low BB. But the best thing has to be the price, a frame and shock set-up starts from just £949.

Look it is most probably best if we just let Ed and the Airdrop tell their story, they will do it much better than we can:

Mountain bikes are great. They’re lighter, stronger and faster than ever before. But there’s a catch: they’re also over-hyped, over-designed and over-priced. Airdrop Bikes is here to change that. We believe in simplicity, quality and creativity. Where many brands strive to add more to their products, we’re asking “what can we take away?”.

Too many bikes are designed to sell. That’s not the same as designed to ride. Designed to sell means as many features, bells & whistles as possible. It means complex linkages to differentiate from the competition and new standards. It means graphics everywhere and pointless three-letter acronyms. It’s overkill, it costs money and for the most part, it doesn’t make the bike better. Our bikes are designed to ride. Sounds simple doesn’t it. Everything we do goes into making the bike better, faster, more fun. It takes confidence, and it means the bikes really do have to be good. But that’s how we think it should be, and we’re sticking to it.

We develop our frames in house, and have them made in small batches. We build them to order in Sheffield and ship them direct to customers. This approach is more efficient and saves you money – but even though that’s true, it’s not really why we do it this way. This is the only way we can stay in control of quality and detail at every step, and it means there’s a direct connection between the people that ride our bikes and the people that make them.

The idea behind the Edit is to get back to what mountain biking is all about, to keep things pure and simple, with a bike that just works. We’re not here to tell you what to do with it. Build a fast & light trail-centre ripper, a hard-hitting alpine slayer or an Enduro racer. We designed the Edit to be a versatile platform.

The Edit’s geometry targets the steepest and roughest sections of trail, giving you extra confidence to go faster. Handling is sure-footed and predictable, so you can forget about the bike and focus on the ride. The frame is stiff, so you can chuck it into corners, load up the tyres and find the grip. There’s plenty of stand-over height so you can move around and stay centred, and the rear end is short enough to manual or pop over obstacles. The suspension delivers 150mm of travel via a Horst Link design, which has been around since 1985. It’s a tried & tested solution which we’ve tuned to balance small-bump sensitivity against big-hit performance. It remains active under braking, and active enough when you’re on the power to maintain traction.

A lot of people talk about the ‘do anything’ bike. That would be a big claim. But the Edit is perfect for the rides we do most often, and a bike you can enjoy for the whole ride. It may be simple, but it’s effective.

Frame & Shock from £949 // Frame Bundles from £1449 // Bikes from £2499

Contact Ed Brazier at Airdrop Bikes:
[email protected] // // @airdropbikes // 1 Hartley Street, Sheffield, S2 3AQ


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