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Old 07-27-14, 02:29 AM   #1
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Redline Pro SS

Saw an ad on le bon coin (French Craigslist) for a new, unbuilt Redline Pro SS frame, it's in white with cantilever posts. Price is awesome at 250.

Can't really find much info on the frame. It is an American company, but is it made it America or made in China? Couldn't find any answers to this through searches. Beautiful lines and paint style but ugly, ugly welds.

I've never seen a Redline in France before, and really like the specs: 130mm track ends, rack mounts, fender mounts, cantilever posts.

Looks like it could be a great pit bike for my SSCX series, if not it could serve a lot of other purposes.

Can anyone comment? I know many of you are US-based, but there seems to be no info on this bike and I wonder why? I don't want to buy a dud. But I know I'll never have thr opportunity to purchase this bike ever again.
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Old 07-27-14, 02:50 AM   #2
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US based company. Made in China.
Some background: redline was founded and primarily is a BMX company.

They make a good quality solid bike anyhow considering they're a bike shop brand.

They're not known internationally due to a lack of an international dealer network and their business side has decided that it's not worth it to expand most likely considering they've been around for quite some time.
It's like the equivalent of finding a european KOGA-miyata frameset in the US.
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Old 07-27-14, 03:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comments.

Could you explain to me what you mean by "considering they're a bike shop brand."? Does this mean Redline only manufactures the products for bike shops? Is this a negative critique? I'm not sure because you say they make a "quality solid bike."

I googled much more today and the only place I can find the frameset seems to be directly through Redline (at $550 USD.) I even find a video on YouTube of one of their employees talking about this model. But I find absolutely no reviews of this bike, even here. There is one article about how a women's national SS champion in America rode it. It seems like a very nice bike. I wish they found some more skilled laborers to do the welds.

I wish I knew more about the bike. I can't go all the way to the seller and decide otherwise. It's a 110km away, no where near a train station, so I'd have to take the car.

Also, I figured it would be difficult to find Looks and Lapierres and Meridas and Canyons in the US, but I thought a Koga-Miyata would be a great touring bike for your market since that seems to be very popular there. (Or so I imagine!!)

Anyway, thanks for the clarification on where it was sourced.
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Old 07-28-14, 12:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, so I guess if no one in America has ridden this bike and has any feedback for it then that's not a good sign for me to spend the cash on it.

This would be so much easier if it was a bike from Wal-Mart or a Kilo TT. The thread would be six pages long by now.
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Thanks for the comments.

Could you explain to me what you mean by "considering they're a bike shop brand."? Does this mean Redline only manufactures the products for bike shops? Is this a negative critique? I'm not sure because you say they make a "quality solid bike."

I googled much more today and the only place I can find the frameset seems to be directly through Redline (at $550 USD.) I even find a video on YouTube of one of their employees talking about this model. But I find absolutely no reviews of this bike, even here. There is one article about how a women's national SS champion in America rode it. It seems like a very nice bike. I wish they found some more skilled laborers to do the welds.

I wish I knew more about the bike. I can't go all the way to the seller and decide otherwise. It's a 110km away, no where near a train station, so I'd have to take the car.

Also, I figured it would be difficult to find Looks and Lapierres and Meridas and Canyons in the US, but I thought a Koga-Miyata would be a great touring bike for your market since that seems to be very popular there. (Or so I imagine!!)

Anyway, thanks for the clarification on where it was sourced.

Bike shop brand = a brand that's exclusively sold through bike shops, thus ensuring exclusivity and that the bikes are properly assembled and tuned before being handed to a potential customer. So, yes they only sell through authorized bike shop dealers. This is a good thing as it's higher end.
Their non-BMX bikes are not that popular and that's why you can't find many reviews about it. On the other hand, you shouldn't have much problems finding reviews about their BMX offerings on forums more specific to that discipline.

LOOK & canyon is pretty easy to acquire in the states although I wouldn't ride a canyon over the prior haha
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Well I bought the frame this morning. Pretty nice bike. Horrible welds, but I saw pictures already.

Perfect do-anything bike. Racks, fenders, canti/linear brakes, 130mm spacing, carbon fork, track ends. If this thing said "Surly" on the down tube it would have it's own sub forum here...

I'll build it up later this month and post pics.
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