Redline Bicycles developed in the 1970s with the advent of BMX racing. They are renowned for their freestyle, stunt, dirt, street and race BMX bikes and accessories. Redline also produces quality cyclocross, road, mountain and fitness/comfort styles.
- address: 7620 So 192ndKent, WA 98032
- telephone: (800) 283-2453
- website: https://redlinebicycles.com
Redline has had a heavy emphasis on speed and racing in BMX and their bikes generally appeal to those who like getting a little gnarly, particularly in the youth market. However, Redline also aims to appeal to people who want to enjoy a ride, even if it’s not in a race or on a BMX. That often means parents of kids with Redline Bicycles can be seen on them too.
Redline has made an effort to make styles in every price range, starting at about USD $400 for the reasonably priced Proline BMX series through to USD $3,000 for the elite Flight Pro Series. They also offer every category of bike with road, mountain, BMX, indoor, fitness, commuter and comfort bikes. The Conquest Series is their best selling cyclo cross range. They also have some of the fastest and most comfortable commuter bikes on the market like the Metro Series. So if you thought Redline didn’t know much about anything except BMX, take another look because you might be pleasantly surprised. Many of their bikes originally came as a frameset and forks deal, but many are now sold as complete bikes.
While Redline is the oldest BMX manufacturer in the US, hard-core gurus might not realize Redline’s origins are actually in motorcycling. It all began back in the 70s when two buddies joined forces to make lightweight, high quality frames and swingarms for motorcycles. They were challenged by a local bike shop owner to make a stronger, lighter BMX fork, so they rose to the challenge and created the first tubular-chromoly fork in February 1974. This did away with heavy bladed forks and effectively led them into the bicycle industry. A year later their pioneering efforts continued when they produced three looptail frames called the ’75 Squareback, one of which still exists today. By January 1978 they had sold 10,000 frames.
According to the Redline website, 75 percent of BMXers sitting on Santa’s lap in Christmas 1981, asked for a Redline. This was certainly at the height of the BMX fad and Stu Thomsen’s era, a pro for Redline who won about every accolade there is in the sport. He is particularly well remembered for a 1983 jump he did over three Porsche 930 Turbo cars. Redline Bicycles re-enacted the jump for their 35th anniversary in 2009. Redline Bicycles were also catalysts in the introduction of the 3-piece crankset, triple-clamp fork (1997) and aluminum frames and components.
In BMX, Redline has been a heavy achiever, winning titles and design awards. So for a new challenge in 1994, they entered the world of cyclo cross by producing 20 prototype frames. Before long, Redline bikes were sitting atop the podium in cyclocross as well.
Hours of work
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Standard Frames: Yes
- Custom Frames: No
- Retrofitting old bikes: No
- Year Established: 1974
- Products Made In: Taiwan
- Availability: authorized dealers & online
- Types of Bicycles: BMX, cyclo cross, mountain bike, freestyle, commute, fitness, children’s
- Construction Methods: Chromoly construction frame
- Frame Materials: alloy, carbon fiber, aluminum