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by Ed Brazier December 17, 2015 2 min read

All the images we've used of the Edit were taken using the latest set of prototypes. Now that we're in production we're able to confirm the final specification of the frame, including some small but significant improvements to the design.

None of the changes affect the bike's geometry, clearances or specifications, and of course everything has been tested. We will bring revised photography to the site as soon as possible, but for now here's a rundown of those improvements:

Cable Routing

The cable routing has been moved from the top of the tubes to the underside. This enables us to clean up the little CNC cable widgets at the front of the frame and it also means the rear mech cable run on the chain stay is no longer vulnerable to damage from the chain. It also means…

Bottle Cage Bosses

There is a set of bottle cage bosses on the top of the down tube, in a sensible place that’s reachable when riding. There’s plenty of room for a good sized bottle even when running a piggy-back shock.

Bottle Cage Bosses on the Airdrop Edit

The illustration shows the location of the bottle cage bosses inside the front triangle, where the bottle is kept away from mud splatter and can be reached from a riding position. The shock shown is a Cane Creek DBair which is just about the biggest shock around.

Head Tube Gusset

On the prototypes there was a simple junction between the top tube, down tube and head tube. The Small and Medium sizes required a custom mitre between the tubes but the Large, by vitue of the longer head tube, had a gap. We felt that aesthetically it wasn’t quite right, and was a potential weak point (although it tested fine). We’ve added a small gusset between the top tube and down tubes which eliminates both issues:

Headtube Gussets on the Airdrop Edit


All the bikes on the site are prototypes. The graphics on those bikes were also proto graphics. Production bikes will have slightly revised, more sophisticated and better executed graphics. They’ll be just as simple and unobtrusive. AS this develops we'll release images on the site and through social media.

Frame Weight

There is no aesthetic change to the tubing but we were able to remove material from certain areas and specify slightly thinner tube walls which results in a frame weight that’s around 200g lighter than the prototypes. That’s why weights aren’t listed on the site. As soon as accurate weight information is available, it will be published to the site.

Ed Brazier
Ed Brazier

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.

4 Responses


April 25, 2016

Has anyone ridden one yet. I’m really curious as to how poppy playfull they are. All th reviews are very vague on the handling of the bike.
Is it more a dh / all day back country bike or trail centre basher.

Andi aldred
Andi aldred

March 31, 2016

Hy pal…like the look of the simple but good looking bike …I nor ally try n buy different makes of bike …just had an empire for nearly 2 yrs..awesome mini dhill rig…. .now back on a jekyll .awesome. but more peddle friendly. .I do race enduro and lots of scots rides ..but I do like the look of these….just waiting for the finished weight to be published ….cheers andi

Chris Barker
Chris Barker

February 22, 2016

Be really good to see the finished item soon. Maybe even on delivery lol.

Simon Howett
Simon Howett

December 17, 2015

Thanks for the updates.
Looking forward to seeing final pics of the frame /colour.

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