Snap March 1998
text/photos: Keith Mulligan
test rider: Tim Strelecki
Redline’s Proline complete is built for the serious racer. A simple statement, but definitely true. It’s the bike that has helped factory Redline pro, John Purse, win both the UCI Pro World Championship title this summer as well as the ABA Number One Pro title this past Thanksgiving. That alone speaks for itself.
Looking over the Proline, you’ll first notice its sharp mirror red (anodized) finish. Next you’ll notice its components. Stock on the Proline are a number of high quality parts. The drive train is made up of the famous Redline 3-piece Flight cranks (180mm). These cranks are some of the best on the market and are highly respected. They feature dual pinch bolts, a sealed bottom bracket, and a shiny chrome finish. The 44/16 gearing is perfect for most tracks (it’s the set-up that most of the top pros run with). The sealed-axle pedals are made by Redline as well. They feature replacable square cages. Next comes the wheelset. Sun Rhyno Lite chrome rims (36 hole) are laced to sealed high-flange Redline hubs. This makes a great combination. They’re also topped off with Tioga Comp III tires for the best in traction. The Sun rims are strong and the hubs spin smoothly. A Redline stem (slightly inverted), aluminum bars, brake lever, Kevlar seat, and Tektro brakes are some of the other components that round out this high-end model.
Test riding the bike Tim immediately found the bar and stem combo to be a little bit uncomfortable. Since the stem is slightly inverted and the bars have only a 6-1/2″ rise, the front end is very low. This made it very difficult to speed jump. And kind of awkward for jumping. Keep in mind that Tim is a double-A pro and stands at about 5’11”, for many riders who are a little shorter than Tim, this may feel alright.
Besides the front-end uncomfortableness we can honestly say the rest of the bike rode and handled great. All the frame angles are
Redline Proline Complete
Price, Specs & Info:
Complete Bike Price: $519.99 (suggested retail)
Finishes Available: Anodized Mirror Red
Complete Bike Weight: 23 lbs.
Head Tube Length: 4″
Head Tube Angle: 74-1/2°
Seat Tube Angle: 70°
Steerer Tube Size: 1-1/8″
Handlebar Rise: 6-1/2″
Handlebar Width: 28″
Top Tube Length: 21″
Top Tube Outer Diameter: 1-1/2″
Down Tube Outer Diameter: 2″
Fork Leg Outer Diameter: 1-1/4″
Seat Tube Inside Diameter: 26.8mm
Seat Tube Outer Diameter: 1-1/4″
Bottom Bracket Height: 12″
Chainstay Length: 15-1/4″
Chainstay Outer Diameter: 7/8″
Frame: 7005 Aluminum Alloy with Anodized finish.
Fork: RL Proline. Oversized, threadless with tapered legs.
Handlebars: RL aluminum Forklifter
Stem: RL Flight Group
Grips: RL XL grip with endplugs
Headset: Dia-Compe SX-1
Rims: Sun Rhyno Lite 36-hole chrome plated with eyelets
Hubss: RL High Flange sealed bearing chrome plated
Tires: Tioga Comp III, 2.125″ (front), 1.75″ (rear)
Brake: Tektro 821 linear pull
Brake Pads: Tektro
Brake Lever: Redline CNC
Pedals: Redline Proline with replaceable cages
Cranks: Redline Flight dual pinch bolts 180mm
Bottom Bracket Set: Redline Flight, sealed
Sprocket: Redline Flight CNC 44T
Chain: KMC silver 3/32″
Seat: Redline Flight with Kevlar wrap
Seat Post: Redline aluminum with micro adjust
Seat Post Clamp: Redline alloy
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty to original owner on frame. 1 year warranty on parts.
For More Info Contact: Redline, 7620 S. 192nd, Kent, WA 98032. Phone: (425) 251-1516. Internet: www.redlinebicycles.com