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by Ed Brazier July 21, 2016 2 min read

Every now and then a customer comes along with a really clear idea for what they want their new bike to be. Brett is a manager on the 3sixty Bicycle Stunt Display Team, a pro trials rider, and holder of multiple world records. So when he asked us to help him build up an Edit as an Enduro race bike, we knew it was going to be good...

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit


Full Specification

Frame: Airdrop Edit, size medium
Colour: Orange with black decals
Forks: DVO Diamond 160mm, black
Rear Shock: DVO Topaz T3 Air, black
Headset: Cane Creek 40 series ZS44/ZS55
Stem: Chromag BZA 35mm, 35mm clamp, black
Handlebars: Chromag BZA Carbon, 35mm clamp, 780mm wide, 25mm rise, orange
Grips: Chromag clutch, orange with black lock rings
Seatpost: KS Lev 150mm with southpaw lever, 30.9mm
Saddle: WTB Hightail Ti
Brakes: Shimano Saint M820, 203mm front & 180mm rear ice-tech rotors
Wheels: Atomlab DHR rims on Atomlab Pimplite hubs, 32h with Halo DB spokes
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 dual ply 3C front, Maxxis Minion SS 2.5 dual ply 3C rear
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR 1x11
Cassette: Shimano XT 1x11 11-42t
Shifter: Shimano XTR 1x11
Cranks: Shimano Saint M820 with OneUp 32t n/w chainring
Chain: KMC X11SL Gold
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Saint BB80
Chaiguide: OneUp
Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit

The orange frame with blacked-out build kit looks great, and sets off the green anodised details on the DVO suspension.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit

Brett's done a lovely job on his garden too.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with Shimano XT 1x11 11-42 Cassette

If you're a Shimano fan, it's hard to beat the combo of the XT 11-42t cassette and XTR rear derailleur. A good range of gears (although not quite as wide as the SRAM 1x11 offerings) and incredibly precise, reliable shifting. You can also see the awesome Saint 4-pot calliper lurking in the background. World-cup DH level stopping power on tap.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with Chromag BZA carbon bars & BZA stem

You have to be careful with colour co-ordination; it's so easy to overcook it. But we reckon Brett's got it just right with his cockpit setup. The finish on the Chromag carbon bars is lovely and the orange highlights tie-in with the frame nicely.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with KS Lev dropper post

Brett chose the KS Lev dropper because the hose is routed into the seat-clamp area rather than beneath the saddle. This means there's no hose-loop to worry about and it keeps things nice and tidy at all times.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with DVO suspension

The frame's not too bad either.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with DVO Topaz rear shock

You have to see the DVO kit up close to really appreciate the level of build quality and attention to detail. It's almost a shame to get it muddy. Brett's going to give the Diamond forks and Topaz shock some serious abuse over the Summer and report back on their performance. We've got high expectations.

Brett's custom built Airdrop Edit with DVO Topaz rear shock

It's a bit of an unusual build, but we love it. And it obviously works, because Brett's been smashing KOMs on it since he got it. And it just goes to show how versatile a platform the Edit really can be. Brett's taken it down a hard-hitting route, using strong build kit throughout. But how would you build yours?

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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.

1 Response

Dan Swallow
Dan Swallow

August 19, 2016

That’s frickin awesome! Great kit and love the attention to detail!

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