We've teamed up with Swedish suspension gurus Öhlins Racing to have some of their legendary RXF36 Air forks custom built, just for this bike. And we're offering it with an Earlybird Discount.
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 Fade Öhlins bike is something really quite special. Öhlins don't normally offer a dirt jump fork but we've worked with them to custom build some of their RXF36 m.2 Air 27.5" forks at 90mm travel. That keeps the Fade's geometry spot-on and allows you to benefit from all the performance of this legendary fork. And with the Swedish Gold logo up front, we carried the colour-coding through the rest of the bike from the custom matte decals to the bullion gold stem. That's all pointing out the obvious really. Best thing to do is just look at it...
Order now to get an Earlybird Discount of £400. Bikes will ship in early December (in time for Christmas!).
£1599 £1999 You save 20% (£400)
We know a lot of people are planning (and hoping) to get a Fade for Christmas. So we've booked stock and build slots in early December, and we're giving you plenty of advanced notice (not to mention a heavy discount). Order now to secure your stock for Christmas.
This picture speaks for itself really.
The Öhlins RXF36 fork is one of - possibly the - best forks out there, bar none. Is it a bit too much for a dirt jump bike? Possibly. But is it awesome? Definitely. The whole point of our Limited Edition series is to do bikes that we're inspired to build, bikes that other brands couldn't or wouldn't dare do. Bikes that your mates don't have.
We've pulled in a new decal colour and finish for this bike; Matte Öhlins yellow matches up to the fork decals nicely.
Notice the gold anodised topcap on the fork's air spring? It's a perfect match for Burgtec Bullion Gold. It would have been criminal not to include a bit of bling to pull the colour scheme together. We make no secret of our stoke for all things Burgtec, but we haven't taken it too far... that bit of gold lustre on the stem is just right.
As with the Fade Works, we fit the Burgtec Josh Bryceland signature RideHigh bar in 50mm rise. It's pictured at 800mm which is how they come as standard, but we're more than happy to trim them down when we build your bike. Just let us know how you like 'em.
While we're here, it's worth adding that the SRAM Level T hydraulic brake lever can be flipped so whether you prefer to run your lever UK or Euro style, it's all good. Again, let us know and we'll set up your bike accordingly. The Fade's hose guides run centrally on the underside of the toptube so it works just as well either way. Because we designed it that way.
We don't sell bikes with pedals because they're such a personal thing. But it's pictured here with Burgtec's Mk4 composite pedal in black, which is our favourite for a dirtjump or pumptrack bike. And we're offering these at just £30 (saving you £15) when you buy a set with the bike.
The drivetrain features a Descendant 170mm alloy crank running on a DUB threaded bottom bracket and our own CNC 28t chainring. The gearing is 28-11 which is a 2.55 ratio. We ldid consider a gold chain but in the end opted for the Slink 1/2 link in black, and we think it works really well.
The wheelset is from Reverse Components. People are sleeping on these but when they figure out how good they are, we reckon they'll become firm favourites. The Base SS hub is tried and tested but the new wheelset comes with a BlackOne rim with a 30mm (internal) width. Unlike more traditional DJ wheelsets it's perfect for the higher volume tyres we like to run these days. In this case we're fitting Maxxis DTH.
We don't normally photograph a bike from the non-drive side. Apparently it's against 'the rules' (driveside-on, valves vertical, cranks level). But b******s to that. Let's just take a moment to appreciate the stance of this bike because it's a thing of beauty. I would say that wouldn't I. But I hope you agree.
At Airdrop we have a simple ethos and it's to build bikes that we are proud of. This is one of those bikes.
The Fade Öhlins 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 - there's an Earlybird Discount available for preorder customers.
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 Öhlins Ltd Edition is normally priced at £1999 but customers willing to preorder will get an Earlybird Discount of £400.
How many will be available? Only 20 of these ltd editions will be built.
When will it be released? It's available to order now (while stocks last) with bikes due to be built and shipped in early December.
Can I preorder one? Yes, and if you do place a preorder you'll qualify for the Earlybird Discount.
Will I get it before Christmas? Yes, we do expect to ship these bikes in time for Christmas, and that's partly why we're offering them as a preorder now.
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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