Redline is most famous for its range of BMX bikes, frames, and parts. It is a company that got involved with BMX bike building when the sport and style of riding was in its infancy, and it has introduced many innovations down through the years. In addition to the respected BMX bikes it offers, there is also a range of mountain bikes.
Redline started life manufacturing frames and other components for racing motorcycles. They got involved in the development of the BMX bike in its earliest days, though, and introduced many innovations in the industry. Today they offer a wide range of BMX bikes, and are still involved in the sport. In addition, they offer a range of mountain bikes.
The company was founded in 1970, and quickly gained a reputation for producing components for motocross, speedway, and other types of racing bike. Their start in making components for BMX bikes started as a bet. The bet came from a local bike shop, who said Redline would not be able to make a stronger yet lighter fork than those currently fitted to the emerging new style of bike - the BMX. Redline won the bet when they developed the tubular chromoly Redline fork. That was in 1974, and it changed BMX bikes forever.
They continued to develop new parts for BMX bikes over the coming years before selling their first complete bike in 1976. By 1978 they had sold 10,000 frames, new distribution contracts were set up, and they started to get involved in the sport.
During the 1980s they won just about everything that they could in BMX racing, firmly carving out a position for the brand in the history of the sport. Some of the most famous BMX riders of all time have ridden Redline bikes.
For a time Redline also sold other styles of bike, including cyclocross and road bikes, but today the offering is primarily BMX, in addition to a small but respected range of mountain bikes. They also supply parts and accessories, plus they are still a well-known feature in BMX racing and freestyle events, with multiple riders competing under the Redline name in each discipline.
Redline splits its range into four main categories:
• Race - a range of bikes built for the track and competitive BMX racing. It includes various options in the popular Flight, Proline, and MX ranges. They have the latest technology to provide the perfect combination of speed, agility, and strength.
• Block - these bikes are for the more casual BMX rider and for children. They are perfect for cruising around the neighborhood, or as your first BMX.
• Freestyle - the freestyle range features attractive bikes that are built with durability and agility in mind. They are for riders who jump, flip, and spin, and are built to be tough enough to handle spills and hard landings.
• Mountain bike - a range of mountain bikes designed for getting off the beaten path
In addition to complete bikes, Redline also offers frames, parts, and accessories including apparel, headwear, and race wear.
Ever since Redline teamed up with the BMX legend Stu Thomsen in 1979 it has been heavily involved in the various BMX sport disciplines. Today the Redline racing team includes Sam Willoughby, Jason Carnes, and Hunter Pelham, as well as the female rider Alise Post. There is also a Redline freestyle team featuring Brandon Dosch and Parker Heath.