Urban Velo: Redline Urbis Photos Apr 27, 2010

From one end of the fixedgear spectrum to the other, Redline‘s Urbis bike has been getting a lot of attention as of late. With a complete build price coming in around $550, including a front disk brake (which I’m very apprehensive about), it’s kinda easy to see why. Personally, I think someone at Redline has been paying attention to the growing fixed freestyle trend. I can’t blame them, riding these bikes are a lot of fun. Just go easy on that catapult brake!

Urban Velo has a few photos of the newly re-designed Urbis up on their blog, head over to see what they think about the bike.

  • Charlie

    Looks like a lot of rake on that fork.

  • Tyler Johnson

    I may be wrong, but I believe KEO has been riding one of these for a while..

  • Keo has actually been riding a 925 recently.

  • Boulabob

    Those rims seem ridiculously deep! Otherwise, the bike looks good imo.

  • Anthony R

    How big are those tires? Looks like they are paying close attention.

  • Josh

    I think I’m gonna pull the trigger and have my LBS order me on of these. I was pretty set on gettin the Subrosa complete, but this is 200$ cheaper and seems the better deal.

  • Jerrylikesbikes

    Why so scared of disc brakes? Disc brakes aren’t all about how fast you can lock up a wheel, they’re all about modulation! If disc brakes were either ‘on’ or ‘off’, they wouldn’t be on mountain bikes. No one wants to skid a wheel, that’s the epitome of losing control. Disc brakes are all about having the best modulation and the most control over the speed of your wheel. Try one sometime and you’ll dig it!

    FWIW, I ride biketrials where it’s advantageous to be able to lock up your rear wheel. A vast majority of us use a rim brake out back since the sticky rubber on aluminum rims will stop asap. Discs just don’t lock quite as well as a V-Brake.

  • Jerry,

    ANY front-only braking system, let alone disk brakes, create a hazard for “newbies”. If something suddenly surprises you (the newbie), your first instinct is to “clamp down”. What happens when you clamp down on the only brake? You endo. Depending on how fast you’re going, you endo over the bars.

    Disk brakes are awesome, when they’re front and back. On a +/- $600 bike, the chances of an experienced cyclist buying one is slim…

    Hence my apprehension.

  • Mister B

    Looks like a pretty well thought out fixed freestyle bike…

  • momoli

    Do you think this bike is strong enough for tricks ?? I mean the price is not expensive, he looks like a great freestyle bike but where is the swindle ?????

  • Vinyl

    I have been running a mechanical front disc on fixed for years now – its the best set up IMO if you want to run a brake, and tackle terrain that isn’t totally smooth. A corectly set up disc wont send you over teh bars, and works a treat in shit conditions.

    Also the only soloution for freestylers wanting to run a brake, and keep things barspinable

    Heres one of mine


  • ctjustin

    i gotta disagree on the brake thing here. a newbie with a front brake only is way safer than someone with no brakes at all……

  • Jeremiah

    you have to remember as well…even though this bike is made over seas, it was developed in Seattle. the disc break is for all weather breaking power.

  • I just made a post about this bike about a week or so back on my site, I’ve been watching the devolupment of it for a while now. If I could get my hands on just the frame set, I’d give it a go.

    and about disk brakes, why argue over that….it’s a personal preference all the way. Some will hate it, some will love it. To each there own, stop hating and ride your bike.

  • Jason

    First impression, looks solid.

    I agree with all of the comments about the brake so far. They are all valid statements and concerns.

    Here is my two cents. Since there aren’t many, if any, complete fixed gear bikes that come standard with disc brakes it really sets redline apart(marketin department). The all weather braking is a plus and it was smart to run the brake line so barspins are still possible for those that are into tricks. One last thing no one mentioned is durability. Over time rim brakes wear away the rim at the braking surface. Replacing a disc brake rotor is way cheaper than replacing a rim. Not to mention some people hate the way machined sidewalls look on their fixed gear bikes. Aesthetically disc brakes still look clean.

  • Luke

    This bike has machined sidewalls so whatever.
    Solid component setup without being incredibly expensive = something I could get behind.

  • Colin

    Wish I could get this thing, phoned around to a few shops here that carry redline. They said they couldnt get it (being redline) anymore because they changed distributers or something.

    Ps this is in western Canada, so I may just have to make a trip to the states to grab one. The price on this makes methink it will make an awesome commuter and I’ll feel ok locking it to a poll over night outside the apartment.

  • Jason

    [email protected] at Luke

    Yeah I realize the bike already has machined sidewalls, that’s obvious, I was just referring to the possibility of wheelsets that people would build for a bike that ran a disc brake. For example, a velocity chukker or h plus son to a disc brake hub.