We were big fans of the Airdrop Bikes first launch – the Edit. Seems that it’s gone down well with a lot of people as they are just about to launch a brand new hardtail – the Bitmap.
We’re stoked to introduce the new Airdrop Bitmap, a hardcore hardtail in the best British tradition. A simple design with a strong, stiff frame, aggressive geometry and tonnes of mud clearance. A fast, fun hooligan of a bike.
The idea behind the Bitmap was to make the ultimate hardtail for ripping trails. You might think it’s an easy thing to produce an alloy hardtail, but to make one as good as this took us two years of development. We’ve put everything into designing what we think is one of the best hardcore hardtails out there. It’s simple: no bearings and no shock to tune. Just dialled geometry, a strong, stiff frame and a well thought-out spec.
The frame uses our own specification 6061-T6 alloy tubing, which we’ve tuned to get the ride character just how we want. There are gussets in all the right places and a custom CNC chainstay yoke that gives bags of space for a 2.6” tyre with tonnes of mud clearance. The Bitmap has the same CNC dropouts as the Edit, so you’ve got a super stiff bolt-through rear end (boost 148x12mm), a replaceable mech hanger and brake mount designed for a 180mm rotor – no faffing about with spacers.
Short chainstays (420mm) mean you can rail it through berms and manual sections with ease whilst the head-angle is slack enough (65°) to handle the steeps comfortably. The fore-aft balance is just right so you can throw your weight around and find the grip – or cut loose if that’s your thing. Super low standover on all sizes means you can fit a 150mm or 170mm dropper comfortably, and choose your size based on reach. Cable routing is external with a port for a stealth dropper, there are ISCG05 tabs for a chain guide and a bottle cage mount.
Every Bitmap frame comes supplied with an Airdrop bolt-through rear axle and CNC seat clamp.
// Designed by us in Sheffield // 6061-T6 alloy tubing
// 27.5” (650b) wheels
// Ideal for 140mm forks
// Boost 12x148mm rear axle
// Stealth dropper compatible
// Tonnes of mud clearance (27.5×2.6”) // Threaded BB with ISCG05 tabs
// Replaceable hanger & brake mount // Bottle cage bosses
// Airdrop bolt-through axle included // Airdrop seat clamp included
// Frame weight 2.3kg
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW
The Bitmap is available to order now, with stock arriving before the end of May. Two frame colours, four sizes and more than a dozen decal colour options. Choose a frame only, one of our three builds: Bitmap Trail, Bitmap Pro and Bitmap Works. And of course there’s our one-to-one custom build service to consider.
BITMAP FRAME £449 BITMAP TRAIL £1999 BITMAP PRO £2399 BITMAP WORKS £2799 Inc axle & clamp Revelation / Reverb / Level / NX Pike / Reverb / Guide / GX Pike / Reverb / Guide / X01