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by Ed Brazier July 27, 2021 4 min read

A limited edition Fade built around the Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork (in red) with Shimano SLX drivetrain & brake and Burgtec finishing kit.

Rewind to Spring 2020 and the opportunity came up to get hold of the new Marzocchi Bomber DJ forks out of the very first batch in the UK. At that point we didn't have a plan but we pulled the trigger anyway, knowing they would be both incredible to ride and as rare as unicorn poo. Little did we know that there would be a global pandemic and that the bike industry would be blown to bits, meaning it would take until now to release them on a bike. Still, we think it'll be worth the wait.

With the forks dialled in we knew the rest of the build had to be up to par so we went straight to Hope for the Fortus 30W 26" wheels and Burgtec for the finishing kit; there's a nice British-brand thread running through the bike with Gusset providing the grips, chain and sprocket. 

Add all that to a Shimano SLX crank, BB and SLX hydraulic disc brake and you've got a light, fast and seriously dialled DJ or pumptrack bike. Shame we can only build five of them!

This bike will be released at 9am on Thursday 29th July.



Airdrop Fade SLX Ltd Edition

The red Marzocchi Bomber DJ forks were the jumping-off point for this build. They're so rare right now we've been sitting on them for months while we pulled everything else together. It's been very difficult not to fit them on my own bike :-)

Burgtec Cockpit Setup

Burgtec Mk3 Enduro stem and Josh Bryceland signature 'RideHigh' 38mm bars. The grips are Gusset Sleeper Flanged push-ons. Note that all Fades are built with 4x 5mm headset spacers and uncut bars to make sure riders can tune their position perfectly.

 Burgtec Boost Saddle

Burgtec The Cloud Boost saddle ties in with the bar-stem combo. We specced the white & yellow embroidered logo to tie in with the bar graphics and pick out the yellow of the Bomber DJ top-cap. Small details matter.

 Shimano SLX Cranks

The Shimano SLX 170mm crank is paired up with a 30t chainring (30-13 ratio) and looks trick when paired up with the Gusset Slink 1/2 link chain in black.

 Singlespeed Setup on the Fade SLX

Detail of the singlespeed setup, dropouts and brake We spec a Hope Pro 4 SS hub (yes, it's a loud, positive click) in black with Hope spacers and Gusset 13t sprocket. The chainline is perfectly straight. The rear brake is a Shimano SLX hydraulic 2-pot caliper and SLX M7100 lever. Its set up on a Shimano IS20 spacer with an SLX 160mm rotor.

Bomber DJ forks & Hope hub

Closeup of the Hope Pro 4 front hub sitting in the Marzocchi Bomber DJ fork. Note the 20mm bolt-through axle setup. Both the hub and fork carry tabs for a disc brake if you want to add one later (the bike comes with a rear brake only).

Hope Fortus 30 rim

The rims are Hope Fortus 30w 26". It's a rim offering DH strength and stiffness but without a significant weight penalty; the entire Fade SLX build comes in at 10.7kg (that's 23lb).

Halo H-Block Tanwall

The Halo H-Block tanwall is a wire-bead tyre with a tried & tested tread pattern. We spec the tanwall version as a subtle nod to the bike's old-school heritage (remember the original Bomber DJ?).

This bike will be released at 9am on Thursday 29th July.



Frequently Asked Questions

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 SLX ltd edition is £1999.

How many will be available?
Only 5 of these ltd editions will be built.

When will it be released?
Thursday 29th July at 9am (BST).

Can I preorder one?
There's no need; this particular build is in stock. We’re giving everyone who wants one the same chance to get one from 9am on Thursday 29th July.

Can I buy it online?
Once released, the Fade SLX ltd edition can be bought online here.

Can I buy it by phone?
As we expect them to sell very quickly, it’s not possible to buy the Fade SLX ltd edition over the phone.

If I buy one, when will it ship?
We expect to ship these early-mid August although it’s possible that it may take a little longer.

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. We have another batch of Fade frames due in soon and we’ll do our best to secure more stock. Although we don’t repeat ltd editions, we are planning new ltd editions for later in the year as well as standard Works builds.

Can I buy the Fade frame only?
Yes, Fade frames will go on preorder in August with stock expected to ship in September. There will also be a limited number of Fade frame & fork bundles.

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. Under normal circumstances we can take international orders as custom orders but as these bikes are likely to sell out within minutes, it won’t be possible to do that.



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

Galvin Galan
Galvin Galan

December 25, 2021

I wish Airdrop fade 2022 small sizes will be available for a short rider like me 🥺

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