BMX Bikes

1987 Redline 400c

As I reported earlier, I found a 1987 Redline 400C in a hard rubbish collection on my way back from the pub one night. The bike was complete and basically original except for the seat and pedals. This model had a unique Anlun stem and Peregrine seat clamp and I have had these parts repaired and polished and they have come up a treat!


The bike was originally black and a horrible, primer-like grey. The frame has been powder-coated at Arvex in a gun-metal grey colour and I have painted the bottom bracket area in black prior to fitting the decals. This model had graduated decals that faded from black to transparent to reveal the frame's base colour. I think the combination of chrome, gun-metal grey and black hints at the original colour scheme but look much nicer.


As you can see from the photos above, the forks have been freshly rechromed by Star Plating and Rob has done a magnificent job. These forks were badly pitted with rust - especially on the inside - and needed a lot of work.

  • Redline Trimoly 400c Frame
  • Redline Forks
  • Anlun Alloy Stem
  • Sugino Cranks / Spider
  • Dominator Seat
  • Win CrMo Handlebars
  • Redline Splatter Pads
  • Dia Compe 901 Calipers
  • Dia Compe Tech 4 Levers
  • Araya Chrome Rims
  • Peregrine Seat Clamp

Finally, I got the pads custom made by Steve at Esem Design in the UK. He has done some other work for me - including a set of Carrera pads for my '84 Redline PL-20 - and every time the work is excellent. And before anyone tells me that the splatter pads were for the '85 model 400C, have a look at the '87 catalogue - there they are on the 600CXL and RL20A. These look much better than the lame washed out grey ones that were on the '87/'88 400C.


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