by Ed Brazier May 12, 2017

Since launching the Hope Bike Build Video on Facebook a few weeks ago, we've had a lot of interest in our custom build service. This is Joe's bike. Joe's a big fan of the purple Hopetech components, and it shows. 

For those of us who were mountain biking in the mid-90's, purple anodised components will always have a special appeal. I was just getting started as a teenager at that time so I could never afford any of the purple bling, but that didn't stop me lusting after it. I never did get anything purple in the end, but Airdrop customer Joe has helped me scratch the itch was the latest custom build.

Joe's Custom Purple Airdrop Edit

When Joe came for his demo ride he was thinking about getting an Orange Five, but thought he'd better give Airdrop a go first. He loved the demo but I think the real clincher was when we started talking budget. For the same price as a stock Five he discovered that I could build him a full custom Edit v2 with his dream Hopetech kit throughout. And it allowed us to make some particular component choices to suit his riding style and physique. The result is a totally unique bike.

Joe's Custom Purple Airdrop Edit

First stop was the wheel set. Joe's a big lad, so he wanted a strong set of wheels and tyres that he could put through the wringer without getting buckles or flats. We fit the Hopetech Pro 4 Enduro wheel set to a lot of bikes, and they come as standard on the Edit Pro and Edit Trail models. But Joe wanted something with a wider rim that could support a heavier tyre and give it a broader profile, so we went for the Pro 4 hubs (in purple, obviously) with the new 35w rims. The 35mm internal (40mm external) rim really makes a much stronger wheel. They're a bit heavier too, but that's a compromise Joe was willing to make. In terms of tyres we stuck with Maxxis but beefed up the front to a Minion DHF 27.5x2.5" and changed the standard rear High Roller II for an Aggressor 27.5x2.3" DoubleDown. 

Joe's Custom Purple Airdrop Edit

I must admit that I thought purple decals and purple Hopetech kit throughout would be a bit much. But actually Joe showed really good judgement with his choices and it's turned out really nicely. The cranks are Hopetech's new crankset in purple, with a Hopetech Stainless bottom bracket in purple, but with a spider less retainer ring in black.

Joes Custom Purple Airdrop Edit

On a Hopetech bike the choice of brakes is obvious really: The Tech 3 E4 brake. They're super powerful, fully adjustable and reliable as anything. And of course, available in purple. The lever blades and master cylinder top cap in black matches nicely to the cranks and chainring.

Joes Custom Purple Airdrop Edit

The Edit v2 takes a 180mm rotor natively without the need for a rear brake mount adapter so the 180mm floating rotor looks really nice and clean. Joe went for a 203mm rotor up front for maximum stopping power.

Full Specification

Frame: Airdrop Edit v2, size large
Colour: Black with purple decals
Forks: Rockshox Pike RCT3 27.5" Solo Air 160
Rear Shock: Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3
Headset: Hopetech ZS44/ZS56, purple
Headset Spacers: Hopetech Space Doctor, purple
Headset Topcap: Hopetech Head Doctor, black
Stem: Hopetech AM Stem, 35mm
Handlebars: Joystick 8-bit Alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 800mm wide, 20mm rise
Grips: Ergon GA2
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb Stealth B1 30.9 x 170mm
Saddle: Ergon SMA3 Sport
Brakes: Hopetech E4, purple
Rotors: Hopetech Floating Rotors, 203mm front, 180mm rear, Black
Wheels: Hopetech Pro 4 35W, purple hubs
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5x2.5 front, Maxxis Aggressor 27.5x2.3" DoubleDown rear
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX 1x11
Cassette: SRAM GX 11 speed, 11-42t
Shifter: SRAM GX 1x11
Cranks: Hopetech, purple
Chainring: Hopetech Spiderless Retainer Ring, black
Pedals: n/a
Chain: SRAM PC-X1
Bottom Bracket: Hopetech Stainless BB, 30mm, purple
Chaiguide: n/a

Custom Bikes


All Airdrop Bikes are built to order, which means that we can do part or full custom builds, to suit your needs. If you're thinking about building up a new bike, probably the best place to start is our frame sets, or maybe you'd be better off with one of our frame and fork bundles. But if you've got an idea for a full custom bike, give us a shout and we'll be happy to put together a custom build quote for you. It doesn't have to be a blinged-up bike Like Joe's; maybe you're on a budget or you only need part of a bike - we're pretty flexible. 

Ed Brazier
Ed Brazier

Ed is the owner of Airdrop Bikes. A professional designer for 12 years, he sacked off his job one day and decided to start up a bike brand.


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