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1987 Redline RL-20II

#1 2007-11-07 10:55am

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1987 Redline RL-20II

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1987 Redline RL-20II

NOS 1987 Redline RL-20II, custom build.  Redline RL-20II frame and fork, Forklifter handlebars, Hutch freestyle stem, ACS Pro Rotor, 401 Flight cranks, Suntour XC-II pedals, Peregrine HP Super Pro wheels with RL Edge tires, Elina Flyte Tech seat, Dia-Compe Nippon brakes, etc.  Every component is NOS with the exception of the Hutch stem (which was rechromed) and the 401s (which are mint).  One more concession: the GT seatpost is mid-school, but the decal was such a great color match I had to use it.  As a kid I loved R.L.'s red Redline - of all his rides, it was by far my favorite.  I hope you like this entry.  - Kevin


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#2 2007-11-07 1:07pm

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

Amazing bike!! That was my favorite bike of R.L.'s too...Just seemed like such an elite bike (still does) I also liked his Generals but even though they are rare and revered I never liked bully's.


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#3 2007-11-07 1:46pm

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MAKES ME NAUSIOUS¡¡¡ SO....SIC!!

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#4 2007-11-07 1:48pm

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

JESUS!!!!!!!

You had to show us all up by putting a Hutch Stem on it...
(as if we weren't already drooling to begin with....)

Where are you finding this stuff???

haha..

(I think I'm ready for that hug.)


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#5 2007-11-07 4:11pm

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Thanks guys - I really appreciate the feedback on this one!
And Chromey - that hug comment was awesome (lol).

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#6 2007-11-07 5:46pm

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

Awesome bike!!! California Red is my fav color for Redlines.

Do you ride it alot?


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#7 2007-11-07 5:52pm

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

You know you wanna swap me that Hutch stem for an ACS Slanted Rotor stem.. so ya can be more like RL. ;)

haha...


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#8 2007-11-07 7:33pm

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chromey wrote:

You know you wanna swap me that Hutch stem for an ACS Slanted Rotor stem.. so ya can be more like RL. ;)

haha...

:-)  Yes, at some point R.L.dropped his stem but I think that was a bit later...his General days!

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#9 2007-11-07 7:42pm

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redlinerl20 wrote:

Awesome bike!!! California Red is my fav color for Redlines.

Do you ride it alot?

Thanks redlinerl20.  No, I don't ride this one - I have a chrome '20-II that's my old school rider. Long and lean!

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#10 2007-11-07 8:47pm

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That's a beautiful RL20II.  Cali Red has always been my favorite too!  A lot of guys build RL's Hazard Yellow so it's cool to see your RL20II built to resemble his Cali Red.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/RLCaliRedRL20IIPege1.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/RLCaliRedRL20IIPage2.jpg

I always liked this shot of Todd Anderson on his Cali Red RL20. 

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/ToddAndersonUn-Lookback.jpg

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#11 2007-11-08 12:13am

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I remember this last shot in mag!!! KILLER


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#12 2007-11-08 12:47am

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That is a great shot of Todd Anderson.  The Cali Red RL20 was always my favorite.  I'm currently building a Cali Red RL20 like Todd's with the chrome Forklifter bars and Flight cranks.

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#13 2007-11-08 11:50am

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

Crowe-t,

Thank you for the compliment!  Yeah, I've always considered R.L.'s yellow bike the stuff of legends - a mythical creature, almost - but I've always thought of his Cali Red ride as Iconic - the color I most associate him and his Redline days with (personally, of course).  Those images, by the way, are great!  I spent many hours looking at that backwards infinity roll, and Anderson's style was just awe inspiring.  Remember that photo of him, in the air, one-footed, with his finger under his nose as if to stop a sneeze?  Six-or-so feet out no less (lol)?  Ridiculous.

Can't wait to see your Anderson repli-styler complete!

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#14 2007-11-08 11:59am

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Re: 1987 Redline RL-20II

kmpap wrote:

chromey wrote:

You know you wanna swap me that Hutch stem for an ACS Slanted Rotor stem.. so ya can be more like RL. ;)

haha...

:-)  Yes, at some point R.L.dropped his stem but I think that was a bit later...his General days!

Ah yes you're right.. that was on the RLOL General.
The infnity Roll pic is insane.. and perfectly shows how closely you've replicated his bike.. even the ACS sticker on the bars.

Awesome.

So, wait.. you have THREE RL20 II's?  haha.
(keep your eyes out for some forklifter bars for me , huh? :) )


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#15 2007-11-08 12:10pm

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Thanks chromey - after seeing that infinity roll pic I realized I need to change the levers to chrome Tech 4s.  I have 'em, I'm just lazy at the moment. ;-)  And yeah, I have moe than a few RL-20IIs - been hunting them down for years, now.

Forklifters - race or freestyle style?  Will keep my eyes peeled...

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#16 2007-11-08 12:16pm

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dude that is sweet!! i really like the seat post lol. you know me, GT guy. i noticed in the pic of the infinity roll his brake shoes are white, just saying. really tho, kick ass bike.

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#17 2007-11-08 3:05pm

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rafe711 wrote:

dude that is sweet!! i really like the seat post lol. you know me, GT guy. i noticed in the pic of the infinity roll his brake shoes are white, just saying. really tho, kick ass bike.

Hey Rafe -
Thanks, bud!  Yes, the GT seatpost would right up your alley (lol).  You're right - the brake pads are white.  I never caught that before.  They look like stock metal-backed Dia-Compes or something...you have a good eye.  That infinity roll pic has given me new insight - I have a few small changes to make...:-)

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#18 2007-11-08 4:17pm

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kmpap wrote:

No, I don't ride this one - I have a chrome '20-II that's my old school rider. Long and lean!

Post up some pics of your rider RL when you get a chance. Don't see too many being used as riders.

Oh yes, absolutely killer build!

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#19 2007-11-08 4:48pm

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raul wrote:

kmpap wrote:

No, I don't ride this one - I have a chrome '20-II that's my old school rider. Long and lean!

Post up some pics of your rider RL when you get a chance. Don't see too many being used as riders.

Oh yes, absolutely killer build!

Will do raul - will do it this weekend.  And thank you for the compliment!

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#20 2007-11-08 9:23pm

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kmpap, I have most of the parts for my Cali Red RL20, but due to currently living in an apartment I can't build it yet.  Here is a picture with the stem and bars.  The stem and bars are NOS.  I put them on for a few pictures.  My RL20 is an 86 with 87 forks, but I may swap out the forks with an 86 set.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/IMG_2648b.jpg

Here is a B/W picture of RL on his Cali Red from that same magazine(Freestylin July 86).  He had a Dia Comp 880 in the front and a 901 in the rear.  The brake pads are the stock white/metal ones.  This was also the brake set up he had on his 85 Hazard Yellow.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/RLOsbornonCaliRedRL20IIBWPage2.jpg

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#21 2007-11-10 12:02am

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crowe-t,
WOW.  I love the RL20 - so clean and sleek with that single top tube.  And I see you have a hazard yellow '20II build (in the background) as well - you have to post a picture of that.  I'd love to see it!

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#22 2007-11-10 12:54am

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kmpap,
Thanks for compliment!  The RL20 is a real nice survivor, the paint and chrome are in excellent condition.  I will be replacing the stickers with an NOS set.   

Here are 2 pictures of the Hazard Yellow.  It's actually an 86 that was powder coated yellow.  I bought it that way.  The color is actually lighter than Hazard Yellow and you can see the difference of the color of the stem.  The stem is an original Hazard Yellow.  This bike will be done in an 86 color soon.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/IMG_2590.jpg
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/IMG_2569-1.jpg

Here is an 85 RL20II that I just had re-chromed and powder coated Hazard Yellow by Chip at C4 Labs.  The color is correct on this one.  I have some NOS stickers for this one too.  I will post some pictures when I get it stickered.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/crowe-t/IMG_4594.jpg

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#23 2007-11-10 1:08am

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That Red RL is a beauty.  I wonder if bmx bikes will ever look that good again.  Damn, do I miss the 80's

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#24 2007-11-10 3:07am

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WoW nice Bike I would love to have a Redline Frame and Fork.
ONE DAY I WILL BUY ONE!!!

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#25 2007-11-10 3:36pm

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mr2nds wrote:

That Red RL is a beauty.  I wonder if bmx bikes will ever look that good again.  Damn, do I miss the 80's

Thanks for the compliment, mr2nds - and I also wonder if today's bmx bikes will ever have the grace and individuality of those from the '80s, too...they really were things of beauty back then (in my opinion)!

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