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The AirDrop Filter is a lip-boosting backside-pumper that measures 27.5 inches in length | Technology

The AirDrop Filter is a lip-boosting backside-pumper that measures 27.5 inches in length | Technology

The AirDrop Filter is a 27.5 lip-boosting backside-pumper!

Don't call it a comeback. Ohh well then you can.  There is a small resurgence happening late in 27.5.  Last week we had Pivot Shadowcat.  This week's little wheel is the AirDrop filter.

Airdrop filter details

  • 27.5 inch wheels!
  • 6061 aluminum frameset
  • 135mm rear travel (185x55mm trunnion mount)
  • 150mm fork
  • Air or Coil Shock Friendly
  • External routing 
  • Threaded bib
  • CNC Rear Axle (Boost 148) 
  • Frames from: £1,149 (no shock)
  • Complete bike from: £3,099
  • airdropbikes.com

The F-word makes its expected appearance in the description/explanation/excuse for the existence of this 27.5in wheel bike.  The F-word is fun.

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AirDrop: "Filter is all about fun. Boosting lips, pumping backsides and slashing turns. The focus here is on agility and rider input. This is the kind of bike that will keep you on your toes and leave you with your hair."  I will reward you for riding like fire.

"We took what we've learned from four generations of Edit frames and turned the fun dial up to 11."

We're not sure if the phrase pumping backsides is used ironically in the nudge-nudge wink-wink sense here, but who cares?

We like how it refers to the key feature of the smaller wheels;  Generating momentum from exits to trail features (transitions, landings, rocks, roots, whatever).

Airdorp: "It's aimed at riders who look different paths, looking for the insides on doubles, high lines, and corners. Those who want a bike that gives back, pumps hard,  Rise high and change direction rapidly. 

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Not referencing modern 29ers specifically, Airdrop elaborates: “Yes we value stability, speed and grip.  But we also recognize that not all of us are riding the roughest, roughest terrain of all time.  And we want our bikes to be easy to ride.  If you feel like home on the bike you can push it a little harder, get a little more creative and just have fun with it.  It means a balanced position on the geometry;  Long but not too long, low but not too short and slack but not too loose.  ,

Unfinished Manufacturing

  • Frame only, £1,149
  • Frame & Cane Creek DBCoil IL, £1,399
  • Frame and RockShox Super Deluxe Air Ultimate, £1,449
  • Frame and RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate, £1,449
  • Frame and EXT Storia Lok V3, £1,949
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Airdrop Filter Luxe, £3,099

  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Fork: RockShox Pike RC 150mm 
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 RS
  • Dropper: OneUp v2 Dropper
  • Wheels: WTB Protera Tough i30
  • Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.4 High Grip / Fast Rolling
  • Bar and Stem: Burgtec RideWide / Enduro MK3

AirDrop Filter Deluxe, £3,599

  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate 150mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate
  • Dropper: RockShox Reverb Stealth 1x 
  • Wheels: WTB Protera Tough i30
  • Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.4 High Grip / Fast Rolling
  • Bar and Stem: Burgtec RideWide / Enduro MK3
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Airdrop Filter Works, £4,099

  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate 150mm
  • Drivertrain: SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate
  • Dropper: RockShox Reverb Stealth 1x
  • Wheels: Hope Pro 4 / DT Swiss XM481 Built in-house
  • Tires: Michelin Wild AM Competition
  • Bar and Stem: Burgtec RideWide / Enduro MK3

Start pre-ordering filters now.  With orders expected to ship in 3-4 weeks.

Source: Ben Haworth, Single Track World