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Airdrop Edit – Bike Test

It just works…

silent ride, great performance and a good price. PURE AND SIMPLE

Words: S.Jones      Images: C. Philpott

Shape and Purpose. Airdrop are pretty forthright in their statement of this bike, and it’s largely free of bullshit. This is refreshing. “To get back to what mountainbiking is all about. To keep things pure and simple, with a bike that just works. The Edit is a no-nonsense bike built to deliver real performance in a package that won’t break the bank.”

Available in raw, orange or grey with a wide range of decal colours they’ve got the visuals covered well but what’s most impressive is Airdrop’s up front advice and tips on sizing which is available on their website. It’s refreshing, it’s informative but most of all it’s accurate. Airdrop say it’s a no nonsense trail/enduro machine that’s fast and fun to ride. With a long slack front end, short chainstay and a reasonably low bottom bracket it’s a bike we were eager to get onto the trails.

 

Suspension/Chassis. Again, as the description points out in simple terms it’s a 150mm travel bike which comes in the shape of a Horst Link design, one that’s been around for over twenty years. Tuned to small bump sensitivity and big hit hit performance up front is a 150mm Pike and on the rear a Monarch Plus Debonair.

Available in three sizes this a large coming in at a shade over 30lb with 1220mm wheelbase, -10bb drop, 468mm reach, and a 66 head angle makes it about the same as a large race Canyon Strive but as long as Mondraker Dune. It’s a great size for a rider around six foot if you want to use something as a benchmark.

Componentry. At £2899 we’ve got the usual suspects in Rockshox Reverb seatpost, Sram GX gearing, Sram Guide R brakeset, Race Face Turbine cranks, Easton Heist wheelset and a Joystick bar and stem, Ergon grips. They’re items we’ve used on a ton of occasions and have absolutely no issues. You also get a bleed kit, seal kit, spare spokes, Pike tokens and a spare CNC hose clamp. What a bunch of good blokes these guys are. All well and good then. But does it deliver?

Feeling. The Edit feels right even before you drop into the trail but when you do it feels even righter if you get what I mean. Let’s just say slightly above expectation. It shouldn’t be a surprise given the geometry numbers and horst link but believe me there have been some shockers and what the numbers do not reveal is the flex/stiffness balance, the ride dynamic, steering and soundproofing.

The problem was there was no sound! It simply hammers home the reality that there are many overrated, overpriced bicycles on the market. The Edit was a joy to ride, it offered excellent grip, a roomy standover, good climbing position and a shock which although it didn’t quite fully lock out (it’s not designed to) was firm enough to get a good drive on. The overall feel between frame, wheels and suspension was spot on.

Limitations. You could argue it’s a bike that competes with the Capras and Strives of this world, although the former has a shade more travel. Maybe a Process, Sommet or Meta would be a better comparison. Of course the Capra is £800 cheaper and takes some beating but is slightly heavier and actually does have a touch of noise. Many riders will still like the fact it’s a UK company.

The shock is not quite bang on and we’d be looking to get a Fox Float X in there which we feel might offer a shade more poise and control to the character but that’s more an upgrade than a fault. Whilst it’s length is impressive and its head angle and bottom bracket about average we’ve ridden some even lower bikes recently but this is nothing a £10 offset wouldn’t sort in a minute.

Verdict. Massively impressed. They have the size range to cover most rider’s, it has proven reliability and doesn’t come with a ton of hype and certainly isn’t trying too hard. It’s true there’s been some real overthought dog’s dinner’s coming from the UK over the year’s but companies like Whyte, Nukeproof, Vitus, Mojo Geometron, Orange and now Airdrop are providing truly up to date bikes that function well and look good.

Frames, frame bundles or complete bikes from a small, rider owned independent bike brand based in Sheffield sounds so simple. And it is. The bike delivers what they set out to achieve – simple, effective and fun to ride. Good on them.

£2899

Airdropbikes.com

 

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