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Redline Urbis Street Freestyle Fixed Bike

redline_urbis Redline Bicycles just unveiled the Urbis, to be formally introduced at Interbike next week. This is the latest evidence that aggressive fixed wheel street riding is continuing to grow in popularity and scope, with another long time BMX company jumping on what may be the riding style that defines and hooks the next generation of kids. Low-rise cruiser bars and through the steerer tube cable routing lend an upright position and the ability to barspin to hearts delight with a front brake, or at least crash without tearing apart the cable housing. An exclusive ISIS drive crankset keeps the chainline in check, and the clearance for big tires certainly shows that Redline is paying attention to what riders are searching for these days. The frame and fork is contructed of steel, as it should be, and appears to have water bottle bosses and potentially rack/fender mounts for people who make one bike perform multiple duties. No word on official pricing just yet, but given Redline’s history of competitively priced bikes and the sensible but not bling component spec I’d expect this complete bike to be a deal.

28 Comments

  1. Urban JeffSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Wow…

  2. Urban Velo introduces the Redline Urbis « Suburban AssaultSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    [...] Read more and see a pic on Urban Velo. [...]

  3. dickdavidSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    B.E.A.utiful!

  4. nerdiferSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    uh oh. I’ve got a new bike crush.

  5. crashnburnSeptember 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    crashing w/out tearing up sh..I mean,stuff, that’s cool!

  6. JeffSSeptember 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Looks like Redline has brought another winner to market.

  7. jimmySeptember 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    ISIS BB? WTF? why?

  8. RaiynSeptember 20, 2009 at 1:24 am

    @ jimmy
    Because Redline got a killer deal on them. Next?

  9. more 700CMX’s « 14bikeco’s BlogSeptember 20, 2009 at 11:19 am

    [...] “Low-rise cruiser bars and through the steerer tube cable routing lend an upright position and the ability to barspin to hearts delight with a front brake, or at least crash without tearing apart the cable housing. An exclusive ISIS drive crankset keeps the chainline in check, and the clearance for big tires certainly shows that Redline is paying attention to what riders are searching for these days.” words from urbanvelo [...]

  10. colinSeptember 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

    because isis doesnt strip like shitty square taper

  11. Ghost RiderSeptember 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Square tapers strip only if you install them wrong and keep cranking on the bolts to tighten them…or by forgetting to install the crankbolts in the first place.

    Meanwhile, ISIS bearings fry if you look at them funny. Weird choice, Redline!

  12. TerrySeptember 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Nifty bike, but I’d rather have the square taper myself. Wouldn’t be a deal breaker though.

  13. ChrisSeptember 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Looks awesome, I want it

  14. paulSeptember 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Isis seems like a reasonable pick to me, I’f i ever build up such a bike it’s going to be 48 spline bmx cranks.

  15. dontcoastSeptember 21, 2009 at 1:15 am

    HTA seems pretty… relaxed…for trick application.

    am i wrong?

  16. Ben WSeptember 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I frickin love this bike (warning, I’m biased). Redline’s got a long history with freestyle and I was stoked to see it tapped into for this bike. The Isis cranks are a Redline BMX Race component that provides a good compromise between the light weight classic fixie sets and the big abuseable tubular chromoly units from the freestyle BMX world. The bar and stem are Redline freestyle components, as is the “pivotal” seatpost and saddle. The tiny disc up front with the cable routed through the headtube is nuts, it’s easy to setup and care for, allows bar spins, provides all the stopping power you could need, and looks fantastic. It’s nice to be able to run matching no-sidewall rims and still have a powerful brake. I’d really like to see more options for this setup on the market. I’m looking forward to taking it for a spin, I’m curious about the geometry but I know a whole lot of people who love their 925′s, so I’m betting it’s going to be a real winner!

  17. Ben WSeptember 22, 2009 at 11:31 am

    @LC hate much?

  18. RaiynSeptember 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    @ Colin and Ghost

    Ghost has this 97.3% right. Squares only strip if you do something stupid, but I had good luck with Isis BB in my trail rig.

  19. dickdavidSeptember 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    @LC – Relax, it’s just a bike.

  20. CarterSeptember 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

    @LC

    I have to admit every person is entitled to their own opinion. However, I find some of your ideas to be misdirected. This may be the next hipster generation trying to start their new sport. It could massively fail. Or, it could be the next skateboard. I mean, it was just a board strapped to old roller skates and now it is an enormous multi million dollar industry. Some kid will eat it breaking a frame trying a big gap. But hes a jackass for trying it. If you dont have the understanding that fixie street riding is about style and having fun with your natural environment, then you dont need to be doing it. Buy a bmx bike if your hucking big gaps but I dont blame a company even Redline for trying to corner a market that is obviously expanding.

    (I do agree about the disc breaks and the handlebar. It needs to be a commuter at heart not just a frame. And discs on a fixed gear is just against the grain.)

    Much regards-

  21. bradSeptember 23, 2009 at 12:34 amAuthor

    LC – You’re welcome to comment on our site with whatever opinions you may have, but there will be no trolling or otherwise yelling fire in a crowded theater, ya hear? Everyone’s heard the hipster hate deal before anyway, you might want to find a new act.

  22. Josh PSeptember 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    More photos were posted in a new section

    http://www.redlinebicycles.com/news/84-redline-urbis-sneak-peek

  23. Ben WSeptember 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    For all of you emo phoney-ass mamma’s boy sheeple who are busy raping subcultures and taking credit for it, are too young to remember that the universe didn’t start with you, who hate everything real and pure, and need to be seen styling it up on a rainbow bright bike while living your fixie lifestyle looking for the next big thing to over saturate the market with…

    The new Redline website launched, and there’s more photos of the Urbis.
    http://www.redlinebicycles.com/news/84-redline-urbis-sneak-peek

  24. riccicultSeptember 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Fixed gear freestyle is about style, but the tricks are definitely getting bigger and more like bmx freestyle (more grinds and bigger drops). I personaly love that Redline and a few other companies are making bikes with tricks in mind and wish the component companies would follow suit.
    And for the record, BMX cranks/isis bb’s already have a huge place in FGFS and soon disc brakes will too. I can even see disc brakes becoming the norm on trick-specific bikes.

  25. Redline Urbis – Update « Suburban AssaultSeptember 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    [...] week, Urban Velo introduced the Redline Urbis and I was more than excited about this. Redline is a brand that I’ve always desired  from my [...]

  26. Pre-production Redline Urbis at Urban VeloDecember 9, 2009 at 12:39 am

    [...] probably remember the prototype Redline Urbis we posted a while back. Redline sent us a new spy shot of the pre-production model. The fork has [...]

  27. gApril 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    when is this bike being released?

  28. gooseMay 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    this bike is super cool but its kinda heavy

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