by Ed Brazier September 14, 2022 4 min read
Our limited edition series is a way for us to try out cool ideas and build bikes in interesting new ways. As a small brand we can't always do full production runs but what we can do is put together sick bikes in small batches like this. And for a few lucky customers, there's an opportunity to get a custom built bike that's both rare and unique.
The Bomber Ltd Edition bike is built around the Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork, Reverse BlackOne DJ wheels and Burgtec finishing kit, all colour coded and with some nice little touches. We're only going to build 10 of these.
The Fade Bomber Ltd Edition is out now.
We put together a quick build video so you can share the satisfaction if every part coming together. As with all Airdrop bikes, the Fade Bomber ltd editions will be built in our Sheffield workshop.
The Marzocchi Bomber DJ is just about as iconic as dirt-jump forks can get, especially if you were around the scene in the '90s. But unlike those original forks, the new versions have the performance to match to the looks. With 36mm stanchions, tapered steerer, 20mm bolt-through axle and a Fox GRIP damper, the Bomber DJ are legit.
For this limited edition, we've specced the matte black forks and paired that with the matte black powder coated frame finish we developed specially for the Fade. The fork's gloss white decals are matched up to gloss white decals on the frame. There are nice little touches of white on all the Burgtec logos.
That gold top-cap on the forks is so lush.
We chose the Maxxis DTH for this bike, not least because it's such a good tyre in all conditions. But also those yellow logos... they match up so nicely with the foks top cap and the Burgtec logos on the bars and saddle. We added a bling gold 1/2 link chain to keep things matchey.
We put a lot of emphasis on keeping things as clean as possible with the Fade. Singlespeed only and chain tensioners built into the dropouts. The brake hose guides are tucked underneat the toptube and are positioned centrally so you can run your brake UK or Euro style.
This is the first DJ build we've done with the new BlackOne singlespeed wheelset from Reverse. We've been testing them for a while and we've been impressed. For a modern mtb style dirt jump bike like the Fade, they're a good choice. The rims have a 30mm internal width which is wider than traditional DJ rims but they're just as strong, and that extra width works so well on higher volume tyres like the DTH.
Bling bling. Gusset Slink 1/2 link chain in gold. The ratio is our preferred 11-28 gear, using our own Airdrop 28t CNC chainring on Descendant 170mm cranks.
When we build a bike like this, I always take time to enjoy shooting nice photography. The creative side of things has always been important to me and it's the work that I enjoy the most. The only problem with that is that I've now got 100 shots of this bike and I can only share about 10 of them... So you can't blame me for posting up one last shot. These were taken in our local skatepark.
The Fade Bomber Ltd Edition is out now.
For more details on spec and geometry, plus a full rundown of the build kit, hit the 'shop now' button which will take you through to the product page. And remember - only ten of these limited editions will be built!
We are receiving lots of enquiries about these bikes which we're always happy to help with, but as they're all very similar we thought it best to publish some of the more frequently asked questions here:
How much is this build?
The Fade Bomber Ltd Edition is £1799.
How many will be available?
Only 10 of these ltd editions will be built.
When will it be released?
It's available to order now (while stocks last).
Can I preorder one?
There's no need; this particular build is in stock.
Can I buy it online?
Yes of course. The Fade Bomber Ltd Edition can be bought online here.
Can I buy it by phone?
Yes of course. Just give us a ring on 0114 2012339 (mon-fri 9am-4pm) and we'll be happy to help.
If I buy one, when will it ship?
We expect to ship the Fade Bomber Ltd Edition bikes around the end of September.
Can I make changes to the spec?
No. These builds have been planned and the parts bought months in advance so it’s not possible for us to make changes.
What if I don’t manage to get one?
We’re working as hard as we can to try to build enough bikes for everyone, but as a small business it’s not always possible. If you miss out, you might want to look at the stock Fade builds.
Can I buy the Fade frame only?
Yes the Fade is available to buy as a frame-only option.
Do you ship outside the UK?
Yes, with some limitations. The website will allow customers in the EU to buy subject to the new international taxes applicable. The website will not accept orders from outside the EU but if you contact us we can make special arrangements.
Ed is the owner of Airdrop Bikes. A former web and graphic designer, he sacked off his job one day and decided to start up a bike brand.
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