1980 V Bar ad

This ad with Greg Hill shows the 1980 bike and bars. The V bar came in two sizes. Proline which was 26″ wide in those years and the Microline at 23″ wide. In the ad Greg is holding the Microline. The Microline came stock on early complete MX-II’s.

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John Crews and Stu Thomsen in Australia 1980

Two great shots of two of the biggest names ever in BMX. Showing the guys down under how the Yanks do it, and asking the burning question, “Who the hell is Jamie Hayles?”

John Crews Australia 1980

Stu Thomsen Australia 1980

“(c)1983 by Wizard Publications Inc. Used by permission.”

1978-1980 Proline Specifications

This is the first version. As more details become available like tube diameters and wall thickness etc I will add them to the drawings.  I will do a one glance section as well s adding a drawing in the corresponding years.

1978-1980 Proline Specifications

You may need to click on the headline to show the image. Then click on the thumbnail to see it full size.

1978-82 Redline MX-II

In early 1978 they still used the old Squareback front end. But sometime in 1978 they began using the modern MX-II front end. Early complete bikes received the designation as MX-III but in actuality were MX-II frames. The Series 3 frame would debut with the 1983 model late in 1982. So from 1978 till 1981 all the bikes (except Proline, Microline) used a MX-II frame even if the bike was sold as a complete bike with a MX-III decal.

In 1982 (debuting in late 1981) the new Redline logo would be on the bikes. The first picture shows the MX-II logo used from 1978 till 1981. The second image shows a Proline. But those are also the correct decals for the late 81 and 82 MX-II’s. At least when sold as a complete bike.

1979 MX-II 1982 Decals

You may need to click on the headline to show the image. Then click on the thumbnail to see it full size. The photo of the black MX-II is courtesy of Flyin Bryan. The photo of the 1982 decal set is courtesy of Adam C. Melbourne, Australia.

1978-1980 Proline

1978 Was the first year of the Proline. In the early years of the Proline it used the MX-II type rear dropouts. Going to the larger Proline type dropout in 1981. The early Proline’s used a fork similar to the MX-II but it had a lightening hole in the dropout. Here are some examples with the correct forks.

1979 Dennis Dain Replica 78 Proline

You may need to click on the headline to show the image. Then click on the thumbnail to see it full size. The Dennis Dain Replica picture is courtesy Jeff “JT” Tollefson, http://www.JTFreestyle.com  The Red Proline is courtesy of Nitrowang.