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Redline D600 Review

Posted by RL Policar On September - 11 - 2012

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I took delivery of the Redline D600 a few months ago to test it out. Mind you this review is at a view point of an entry-level 29er rider.

The test bike I had was a medium, I’m 5’7″ and the fit on this was almost right with the exception of my short arms. With that in mind I swapped out the stock stem to a shorter 60mm version.
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Here are some Key Features/Specs:

MSRP: $599
Frame 6061 Alloy Hydroformed Down Tube
Fork SR Suntour XCX With Hydraulic Lockout 100mm
Drive Train SRAM X4 3X8
Crank SR Suntour XCT
Brakes Promax Mechanical Disc

As you saw above the parts are what most seasoned riders as “entry level.” But for a person who might be just betting into mountain biking, it may not matter. Yes the Redline D600 is a 24speed mountain bike. It has a basic fork with a preload adjustment and lock out

How does the D600 ride? Coming from a 26er, riding a 29er felt tall. The big wheels do feel like they roll better on the flats, cornering was just fine since the CST Critter 29er tires surprising gripped well.
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The Promax Mechanical Brakes worked great in stopping the big wheels. Though it uses an 8speed drive train the SRAM X4 3X8 set up was very reliable. Out of the box I didn’t even have to tune the derailluers and during the months that I rode with it, they kept shifting precisely. One some of the tougher climbing I did, I did wish for a larger cog in the back to shift too that you’d normally find on a 9speed and even on 10speed bikes. Then again if if the D600 was equipped with a 3X9, then the price point would be much higher.
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Overall the Redline D600 is a great entry-level bike. The beauty of this bike is this…when the entry level rider has become more seasoned due to riding the D600, he can easily upgrade the parts on it. The D600′s 6061 frame is not only made of quality aluminum alloy, but it’s pretty durable. So with an upgrade of parts here and there, their D600 could easily become a high end 29er.
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All done…almost!

Posted by RL Policar On March - 25 - 2014

Ok kids, I now present to you the world famous…BURT REYNOLDS…again!

Here he is in all his glorified glorehh! You like his new bars? Those are the On-One Midge bar. I think I bought the last one since I checked this morning, they were out of stock.
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This bar tape you see, it’s the On-One Micro Fiber Bar Tape. Easy to install, comfy on the hands, legit on the looks. The tape it self makes the bike look uber-fierce.
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I say that it’s almost done because I’m having chain skipping issues. Could be the chain I’m using because the line is perfect. Basically what happens is when its on the stand, it works fine. But as soon as I put pressure on the pedals, it skips.

Want a peak?

Posted by RL Policar On March - 20 - 2014

Don’t worry I won’t call you a peeping tom….Anyhow, do you remember the other day I posted some sort of Surly Singulator and a cog? Well here’s a sneak peak on what I’ve got going on. Here is Burt Reynolds in all his awkwardly gloriness!

Behold! A very confusing looking 29er mtb that sorta looks like a cross bike but not really.
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Before I go on with the build progress, let me fill you in on some history about this build. You see, the other day, our very own Adam Spik and I were working on LadyP’s new Titus Rockstar. I mentioned that I wanted to sell my 10speed shifters, derailleur and cog since I just wasn’t a fan of it. He said he’d take them. I told him that we should just do a trade. My 10speed Saint stuff for any single speed parts he has. You’re probably thinking that he made out in this trade, ya probably, but he’s a homie and homies help homies. Anyhow with this trade I received a Surly Single Speed kit, Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes and rotors as well as a couple of cogs. Well now that I think about it, I may have gotten the better end of the deal.

Ok, let’s go back to the main reason why we’re here. We’re you wondering why it’s missing a front tire? Well the other day I was watching that show Hoarders Buried Alive and that got me motivated to do some spring cleaning in my garage. I’m actually what you call a Bike Hoarder. I’ve got well over 15 bicycles in my garage and shelves of bike parts. So I make myself watch Hoarders to keep me in check. Apparently I may have inadvertently thrown out my front tire and tube during my TV-Inspired surge of cleaning since I didn’t want to be a hoarder. So now I’m sourcing a new tire…

Right, now that you see what I’ve got going on, there’s already a few changes that I’ve made to this configuration. First up, I ordered me some Midge Bars and a luxurious set of micro fiber bar tape from Planet X.Why the Midge? Well just look at it! It’s bad ass. Besides the shallow/flared out drops allow for better control and leverage.
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I’ve also swapped out the stem for something shorter, I’ve got short arms so it doesn’t make sense for me to be all stretched out on the bike.

I do have to thank Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney for donating the set of Tektro drop brake levers to this build. He did have a concern that they wouldn’t have enough leverage to work with the mechanical brakes I had. Fortunately, they were a matching brand and actually provided all the reach that I need to ensure proper stopping power.

So for now that’s where this project is at. I’ve bee subjected to waiting for parts once again. However, once I get those things in, I’m hoping to get Burt Reynolds back on the trail in no time!

Hurt my back, no ride, got bored and built up a bike

Posted by RL Policar On January - 4 - 2014

Yep that’s how my Saturday turned out. So without boring you with some lame details, here’s some pictures. But first, let me tell you about my Bro-Date with Art Aguilar. He’s so dreamy! We had some tacos by the beach.
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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about what I did. So ya, I hurt my back moving stuff the night before and I woke up with my back still aching. Oh sorry, I forgot that I said I’d spare the details, oh well. So let’s get to it. Since I wasn’t riding, I decided to spend some time in the garage. Pulled out the Retired Burt Reynolds. I had some parts laying around I figured, I’d build him back up again.

First thing to deal with was to remove the Plasti Dip that I put on a few months ago.
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That whole process took me about an hour. Crazy how long it took. Actually I’m so A.D.D or ADHD…not quite sure which, but one of those, that I decided to leave some of it on the hard to reach places like the drop outs, and other nooks and crannies that the plastidip got into.
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One of the things I like to do while working on my bikes is to smoke cigars. I didn’t feel like using up one of my premium ones, so I opted for a “daily smoke” cigar. I realized that a bike frame makes for a great cigar tender.
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The Plasti Dip did a great job in preserving the paint on the frame.

Yep this is the same 1×10 drive train that came off the the Titus Rockstar. I didn’t want it to just sit there and gather dust.

Here’s how it looks now with the 1×10 and honestly, it looks like how it did before I dipped the bike.

For the kids that like to weigh everything, here’s the weight of Burt Reynolds. 25ish pounds.

Burt Reynolds…Retires

Posted by RL Policar On November - 21 - 2013

It is with a heavy heart to announce that our very own Burt Reynolds is retiring. He’s gone from a regular Redline D600 to a rigid single speed, then to a formidable XC riding machine with X9 parts and all that jazz.

On his latest rendition he donned a whole new look with blue plastidip. But unfortunately, this is goodbye for Burt Reynolds. It’s been a great 11 months since all the changes. I’ve had hundreds of miles of fun with Burt and I will miss him. This is how he looked this morning. Still spry, but a bit tired. Thanks for the fun times Burt!
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Do you ever feel burnt out from riding?

Posted by RL Policar On June - 10 - 2013

I know I know, some of you are thinking that this isn’t possible. But you know what, it’s happened to me more than a few times. In fact just last year I felt it from May until September. It’s this overwhelming feeling of just not wanting to ride, or lack of motivation to get on the bike. What’s trippy about this whole experience is that you feel weird because you shouldn’t be having these funky feelings of not wanting to ride because riding is something you just love with…or at least you used to.

In years past, I’ve tried mixing up where I ride, who I ride with or what time I ride. But you know what, all that did was make me not want to ride. But here’s some stuff that did work for me, perhaps it will help you.

1. Change things up with your bike. One thing I found that keeps me excited about riding is changing things up on my bikes. Take for example Burt Reynolds. This started off as a Redline D600. Very basic, entry-level 29er. I first gave the bike the moniker of Burt Reynolds due to the color scheme of the bike, black, gold and grey. It reminded me of the Bandit in the movie Smokey and the Bandit. I started this on-going project with Burt Reynolds back in December and now it’s May and I’m still changing things up on him. He’s gone from the 24speed that weighed over 32lbs to a 26lbs rigid, single speed, then to a 27 speed rigid, then new carbon bars, then wider aluminum bars, then M-Bars, then a suspension fork, then a 2×10, then most recently, new-to-Burt wheelset, tires, handle bar and stem. Oh and I can’t forget his newest bling, a gold Chris King headset, to match the small gold pin striping on the frame. During all these changes, I had even considered powder coating him pink, but decided against it because I like the idea that Burt Reynolds is a boy bike and felt weird changing him to a girl bike.

2. Timing. Try riding as fast as you can on the trail you most frequent. Set up a route that you could see what your best time would be. Use mobile apps like MapyMyRide, Strava and others to see how you rank against other people who ride the same trail. I know that 2 of my friends compete with each other on Strava, but neither of them know this. I figured it out when I visited each of them at different occasions. Friend 1 said that he noticed Friend 2 was making some progress on Strava. But wanted to make sure that Friend 2 wasn’t going to beat his mileage and times on the trails. When I visited Friend 2, he mentioned that Friend 1 was gaining up on his Strava results and assured me that the long 25 mile ride he had planned would put him over Friend 1.

3. Ride with newbies. Recently I started riding with one of my buddies from church who just got into the sport. He’s pretty fired up and because of it, he was able to influence some of his coworkers into joining him. Sure enough every Tuesday and Thursday for the last few weeks I’ve been joining their group of 6+ riders on a fun pace with tons of jokes and laughter. It really us fun to ride with guys who are just getting into it because if you recall how it was for you, anything new is like a adventure.

4. Use riding as a form of exercise. Believe it or not, riding your mountain bike does burn calories! Ya, so that means rather than going to the boring gym, go out for a ride. Use mountain biking as a cross trainer for other sports like hop-scotch, kick ball, and noodling.

5. Last but not least, hit up a different trail. Nothing says new than a new trail. One of the rides I recently went on was with Cuz’n Joe. He took me part of a trail that I’ve never been before and I LOVED IT! I want to go back again but I don’t know my way around the area yet. So until I do, I’ll need a guide.

Hopefully these simple tips can help you not feel burnt out and get you back in the saddle. If not, you could always get into collecting cats.

Midweek Ride with Cuz’n Joe

Posted by RL Policar On May - 1 - 2013

On Wednesday Cuz’n Joe and I hit up a trail that I haven’t ridden in more than 5 years. I remember riding there, but I can’t find any evidence of us doing so…weird. Any how, I really wasn’t looking forward to riding because I felt so tired that day. I ended up getting at the trail head early, this allowed me to take a quick nap in the limo…my mini van. What you see there would be my lower half and Burt Reynolds anxiously waiting to hit the trail.
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Notice how Cuz’n Joe and I are matching with our Orange? I’m giving a thumbs up for our colors, not so much for his butt.
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Nice view of LA County. Cuz’n was checking into Facebook. You know what they say, “if its not on Facebook, it never happened!”
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During our ride we saw 2 snakes! The first one had Cuz and I screaming like little girls. The second one, Cuz actually ran over. But it was fine. Notice how the snake is going towards Cuz…I’m sure it was pissed at him. I’m sure if someone ran me over, I’d be mad too. Fortunately the snake slithered off the trail.
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Cuz and I ended up riding nearly 2 hours on a Tuesday afternoon…ya I know I’m sure you’re jealous and you’re also thinking about what you were doing between 2-4pm on Tuesday. I bet you were sitting at your desk working on those TPS reports…

How to gain 3lbs on a bicycle!

Posted by RL Policar On April - 22 - 2013

First step to gaining 3lbs on your bike is to get a wild hair up your butt like I did and somehow convince yourself that going from a 3×9 drive train to a 2×10 would be “upgrading.”

Second step is to procure yourself a slightly used SRAM X7 2×10 drive train.
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Step three, install said drive train and watch the pounds add up!
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Once you do this, you’ll visibly and physically notice the weight difference.
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Before the 2×10 drive train swap, Burt Reynolds weighed in at 27lbs. After the swap, you can see he gained a bit over 3lbs…Hmm, not sure if this 2×10 stuff is worth the excess poundage. I can tell you this, that dinner plate sized cassette would be one of the culprits of this weight gain. But I’m willing to give it a try tomorrow and see if the weight will be over shadowed by the benefits of the new drive train. If at any time I don’t like it, I’m taking that stuff off and putting back my 3×9 drive train.

Burt Reynolds gets soft.

Posted by RL Policar On April - 5 - 2013

Hey! Don’t think this soft thing means that Burt is a wuss, NO! It just means he got a new-2-him fork! Scheck it out kids, this is my latest acquisition for Burt Reynolds, it’s a Rockshox Reba RL (that part is my favorite, you know, that fact that it says my name, RL).

So take a look at this. My steel Redline Rigid Fork weighs around 2.5lbs. Which is awesome compared to the stock/OEM fork that weighed over 7lbs!
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Now look at the Rockshox Reba RL, it weighs a tad bit over 3.0lbs! I was pretty surprised on how light it was.
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Here’s Burt with his new fork looking all fancy and stuff with his matching white bits.
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Looks sharp don’t it? Rides pretty nice too. It sure will be fun to see how it will do on the trails.
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Wow, I’m loving how Burt Reynolds is turning out. He looks pretty good!
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The idea that actually happened

Posted by RL Policar On March - 13 - 2013

As you may recall I talked about Burt Reynolds getting a facelift. So after giving it some more thought and double checking with LadyP to make sure I can part out her old bike, I went to town on Burt the following morning.

After spending some time to strip the KHS XC604 of its parts, I started doing the same for Burt. I removed all of his single speed parts. The process was pretty seamless. The KHS had the same cable stops as Burt. So that means when I installed the cables, it went in easily. I did have to trim some excess housing to make a perfect fit.

I took me less than an hour to do the whole conversion. To my surprise, the bike came in at 26.5lbs with my DH pedals.
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Here he is looking all sharp and stuff with his new drive train and brakes. I guess I lucked out that the color scheme that LadyP picked for her bike ended up working for Burt.
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The white and black really go well together with bits of red to accent the whole bike. Burt also got a set of Avid ElixirR brakes, way better than the mechanical brakes that he came with.
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LadyP was pretty good to her drive train. It just needed to be lubed and it was ready to go!
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Later that afternoon Burt and I headed out at the world famous Fullerton Loop. First thing I noticed with Burt and his new drive train, rides nothing like the 2×10 that’s on the Airborne Goblin. One thing I’ve come to love on the Goblin was the 2×10, it just feels more efficient on the flats. But one thing Burt did well in was climbing, thanks to his granny gears of 22t/34t.
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I found that on Burt, I was on my big ring quite a bit and noticed that I was cross chaining by using the 28t-32t. I am assuming I was doing this because it’s what my legs have grown accustomed to while riding the Goblin. Just like with any bike I test or have ridden, it will take some time for me to get used to everything about Burt. When I converted him over to a single speed. It took me at least 5 rides to finally like how everything was. From cock pit to gearing, it all took some time to get dialed in. I figured it’s going to be the same story with Burt this time around. One thing I did change, and will probably change again by the end of the week is the handle bar. I’ll need something wider since I like my bikes to have short stems and wide bars.

Though Burt Reynolds isn’t a new bike to me, having this new configuration sure feels new and it’s got me all excited! I’m working on procuring some better parts for him, so who knows what he’ll end up with in the next few weeks.

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