2011 Redline 925 Review


Meet the 2011 Redline 925. I’ve been testing this bike for the last few months and I’ve finally been able to compile my review below.

First impressions of this bike: beautiful styling, classic color mated with chrome and aluminum. Geometry provides a very comfy yet aggressive-ready ride (more on that later).
Redline 925 Brown
Specs:

Headset Threadless 28.6mm
Frt Der
Rear Der
Shifter
Crank Redline Alloy 42T W Guard
BB Set FSA Square taper 68 x 110mm
Cogs 16T Single
Pedal Alloy Track W Toe Clips
Rim Alex G 2000 Aero Double Wall 32H
Hub HI Flange SB Nutted
Spoke 14G Stainless
Tire Kenda 700 X 28
Bar Alloy Crescent
Stem Alloy Forged, 10 Degree
Saddle Redline Racing
Seat Post Redline Forged Alloy 27.2 x 350mm
Brake Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper
Brake Lever Tektro New Alloy Flat Bar
MSRP: TBD

Redline 925 Brown

The official name for the color used on the 925 is “Pearl dark brown.” Simply beautiful.
Redline 925 Brown

Classic toe-clips with leather strap. No need for special riding shoes or pedals.
Redline 925 Brown

Redline did a great job by pairing this bike’s color with aluminum and chrome parts which gives the bike a very distinguished look.
Redline 925 Brown

Best stopping power I’ve seen on any commuter bike I’ve tested. The Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper and Tektro New Alloy Flat Bar Levers can and will stop on a dime.
Redline 925 Brown

Dual Pivot Caliper
Redline 925 Brown

Fender mounts, radial laced wheel.
Redline 925 Brown

Flip Flop Hub.
Redline 925 Brown

Summary
The 2011 Redline 925 is a very smooth riding bike. Aesthetics wise, its a gorgeous bicycle and what makes it great is that it meets many of our reader’s requirements when it comes to what a commuter bike should have; fenders, chain guard, rack mounts and simplicity. One of the things I enjoyed about the 925 is the geometry. The crescent handle bar provided me with the right amount of relaxed riding position. However, when I needed to sprint or get up and off the saddle for more power to the pedal, the bike is very nimble and responsive.

During the testing period, I made sure I rode it through my pot-hole filled route and would, on occasion, jump the bike off curbs and over parking lot blocks. The wheels stayed true to their form. The frame took all the abuse that I presented and to no surprise, the bike rode as if it was brand new. It all comes down to this; I could not find anything wrong with the 2011 Redline 925. It is a well designed/built bike, the parts spec on it is perfect for commuting and I still can’t get over how awesome the stopping power is on this bike.

I have to mention that we’ve reviewed a Redline 925 before, and fell in love with the bike back in 2007. For each year they release a new model, it just keeps getting better and better. In fact this bike has been a Staff favorite for the past few years.

The Double Butted 4130 Chromoly frame
Redline 925 Brown


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18 Comments

  1. Elizabeth February 4, 2011 7:41 am 

    mmm… pretty. I almost got one of these models back when they came out with the LE model in 2009…. then I built up Toro (complete with the bullhorn bars and more than just the single gearing – which has helped lately in the winds)

  2. Gar February 4, 2011 7:48 am 

    Still loving my ’09, but this looks pretty sweet! I would like to see metal fenders and chainguard in the future.

  3. Ghost Rider February 4, 2011 9:04 am 

    Any bike that comes with sparkle paint is a thumb’s up in my book! The 9-2-5 keeps getting better and better!

  4. Mike Myers February 4, 2011 11:13 am 

    I like it! Very stylish bike. Getting rid of the moustache bars was a good spec for Redline, IMHO.

  5. Ghost Rider February 4, 2011 11:26 am 

    I agree — with curved citybars like the current model, it just “looks” right. Moustache bars are cool in theory, but I just can’t love ’em after trying a pair a couple years ago.

  6. Jim442 February 4, 2011 11:51 am 

    I love my ’06 grey with moustache bars

  7. Simon February 4, 2011 1:13 pm 

    I actually bought a 925 2 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. It hanles the hills and potholes in San Francisco with aplomb!

    I looked at all the cheap single speed bikes (Bianci San Jose, SE Draft, IRO…something, various unbranded crap) but none of them came set up exacly as i wanted (namely, fenders, rack mounts, bullhorn bars, pedals with clips/straps and a fixed cog). By the time i added whatever was needed they were much more expensive than the 925. The salesman who sold me the Redline swapped the bars for some bullhorns at no cost an i was set :)

  8. harry krishna February 4, 2011 1:45 pm 

    are those cable clamps on the top tube?

  9. Ghost Rider February 4, 2011 3:19 pm 

    @Harry — sure enough, those are cable clamps. That way you can run this fixed without a rear brake and pop everything off without undoing the brake cable.

  10. Dacius February 4, 2011 6:07 pm 

    My 26 mile commute would not allow for a single speed. But that is a purty bike-ah-cickle right there.

    Love the paint scheme.

  11. no1mad February 5, 2011 3:14 pm 

    I’m really tempted to order one of these. Been doing the vast majority of my riding trying to figure out if I’m ready for SS, and the gearing on this comes close. But I’m used to riding on 26×1.5’s, and I don’t know how my 230# Clyde butt will take to the difference in ride…

  12. RL February 5, 2011 5:56 pm 

    No1mad,

    I’m about 205 on a good day, and I love the 700c wheels, way smoother than 26″ wheels. I think you’ll be faster on your commute with this bike. Personally I prefer 700c wheels over 26 for my commuter bikes.

  13. Marla Gnarla February 6, 2011 9:53 am 

    Old meets new or new meets old. That is a beautiful bike. It reminds me of an old bike my mom had many moons ago.

  14. Tom February 6, 2011 2:23 pm 

    Nice looking bike except for that ill-fitting chainguard. Is that for real or was it a preproduction thing? Whew.

  15. no1mad February 6, 2011 4:26 pm 

    RL, the 925 is one of two that I’m really considering at this point. The other being the Torker Graduate that you had the “Animal” review a while back. I may just have to tape an “R” on one side and a “T” on the other and just flip a coin…

  16. UptownJoe60640 April 21, 2011 7:54 pm 

    I am really excited about this bike. If the size 52 or 56 work for me tomorrow, I will be coming home with one. Can’t wait!

  17. Mark July 25, 2011 3:27 pm 

    RL, thanks for a great review. Do you find their sizing range a bit odd? I’m 5’11” and have a 56 cm which fits well (my seatpost shows about as much as yours does in the pics here). I’m surprised that 56 is their largest size. The top tube is unusually long, but still. I normally have 56-57 on road bikes and am comfortable on my 56 here, so what about people who normally ride 60? Especially this year with the sweep bars, which probably remove 10-15cm compared to the bullhorns from last year…

  18. Carl Wade September 23, 2011 6:43 am 

    Bought a Redline 925 2011 after reading this review. After riding the bike for around thirty miles started hearing a popping sound while pedaling. Discovered it was coming from the freewheel. Now waiting to see if Redline will replace the freewheel with another cheap freewheel or upgrade to a better freewheel. Oh, I should end this comment on a positive note. I’m impressed with the quality of the ride and how it handles a commuter load and climbs over bridges.

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