JT – of JTfreestyle.com, has been a huge fan of Stu Thomson ever since he first opened up a Bicycle Motocross News paper back in ’75. To his awe, Stu was doing a mind-boggling "Helicopter" (now called a 360), that literally blew JT away. From that moment on, he HAD to have a Redline Squareback.

And he still feels that way to this day.

With all of the buzz these days on the awesome Stompin’ Stu DVD, JT thought he’d combine some parts and built up some authentic Stu rides – in which visitors to the 2009 Rockford BMX Gathering (including Stu and his wife Tanya), got to see live and in person.

For those who missed it – here they are

First up is his original Squareback that was similar to Stu’s setup but this one is exact. JT fills you in on more:

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1975 Redline Squareback

Frame – Redline Squareback with original nickel finish and rare white decals

Fork – Redline with original nickel finish

Stem – Schwinn

Bars – Schwinn

Grips – Schwinn

Headset – Schwinn

Wheels – Skyway Tuff I’s with Bendix coaster brake

Front Tire – Carlisle Aggressor MX 20 x 2.125

Rear Tire – Cheng Shin 20 x 2.125

Chain – Schwinn

Sprocket – Schwinn

Cranks – Schwinn

Bottom Bracket – Schwinn

Pedals – Union

Seat – Mesinger

Seat post – Schwinn

Seat post clamp – Schwinn

Pad set – Speedo 

"As it happens, the best at racing is also the best at riding bowls" Bob Osborn

The Vineland skate park had a skateboarder that wouldn’t let anyone ride a bike but after stating that a bicycle could never show him up, he let Stu in. The skateboarder did a few moves and then asked Stu to ride. Stu walked over to the 15′ vertical section of the bowl, set his coaster brake, and dropped straight down the vertical wall, and then on the other side pulled a one handed aerial!  Stu then proceeded to fly up the other wall to do a one hander one footer and everyone was blown away!

In 1980, Stu left SE Racing for Redline and with Stu being the #1 ABA Pro this really boosted sales of Redline and Stu’s career. Redline offered Stu the opportunities to expand his career which became a historic relationship.  The Redline team was "the Team", top quality products, National titles, NORA Cup winner, and great spokesperson/ambassador for BMX.

In 1980 the ProLine was modified with a stronger rear dropout, lighter forks, same 5" head tube, and geometry change for better handling.  The ProLine was designed for riders 5’6" or greater and the MicroLine products for under 5′ 6". Redline introduced a new catalog featuring Stu and his brother in-law Greg Hill.

* New Super ProLine (brute) stem was introduced.

* New Flight cranks that had no pinch bolt which was added late 1981 to secure the crank on the beefy Redline spindle.

* New one piece Flight gear, lightweight, strong, and easy to change.

* New flute seat post

* New BMX "MX-III" complete bike

* New TUFF RIDER complete bike

* New MOTO-S complete bike

* New EXPERT complete bike

* New Jerseys, Jackets, patches, sticker sets, logo pads, caps, etc. The bike features what Stu Thomsen rode that year including the modified Honda MX lever and dust cover from his mini-bike.  It’s very rare to see black wall Cycle Pro Snakebelly tires and here we have one on the back with a Carlisle Aggressor MX front mounted on first Generation Skyway Tuff’s that were introduced then.

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1980 Redline Proline

Frame – Redline ProLine 5" head tube

Fork – Redline ProLine

Stem – Redline Super Proline

Bars – Redline ProLine V Bars, NOS

Grips – Oakley II’s, NOS

Headset – Tange

Wheels – Skyway Graphite Tuff II’s with Campagnolo hubs

Freewheel – Suntour

Front Tire – Carlisle Aggressor MX 20 x 2.125, NOS

Rear Tire – Cycle Pro Snakebelly blackwall, rare

Caliper – Dia-Compe 890, NOS

Brake Lever – Honda MX

Brake Lever cover – Honda

Brake pads – Kool-Stop finned

Chain – Izumi gold and black, NOS

Chain ring – Redline 43 teeth, NOS

Cranks – Redline Flight non-pinch

Bottom Bracket – Redline unsealed

Pedals – MKS rat traps, NOS

Seat – Cycle Pro Shotgun, NOS

Seat post – Redline fluted

Seat post clamp – Suntour, NOS

Pad set – Redline old font

Being from Minnesota and seeing Stu race on this bike in person, JT had to build it up an exact replica. It was 1981, at the Saint Paul Civic Center, for the Rondo Classic indoor race, here in lovely Minnesota.  The shot of Stu speed jumping is etched in my head for a lifetime after Bob Osborn shot the same angle I was at.  It was awesome to see Stu race here indoors and to honor that thought, JT slapped together the very same ride – to exact spec. In 1981. the Proline was modified with tapered fork legs and new dropouts.  Late in 1981 they introduced the single pinch flight cranks to snug up on the spindle without loosening.

Stu really enjoyed seeing this bike at the 2009 Rockford Vintage gathering.

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1981 Redline Proline

Frame – Redline ProLine 5" head tube

Fork – Redline ProLine tapered forks

Stem – Redline Super Proline

Bars – Redline ProLine V Bars, NOS

Grips – Oakley .5’s, NOS

Headset – Tange

Rims – Araya 7x

Hubs – Campagnolo low flange

Freewheel – Suntour

Front Tire – Mitsuboshi Stadium yellow label, NOS

Rear Tire – Mitsuboshi Stadium yellow label, NOS

Caliper – Dia-Compe 890

Brake Lever – Dia-Compe

Brake pads – Dia-Compe

Chain – Izumi, NOS

Chain ring – Redline 43 teeth, NOS

Cranks – Redline Flight non-pinch

Bottom Bracket – Redline unsealed

Pedals – KKT chrome rat traps, NOS

Seat – Elina Lightning bolt, NOS

Seat post – Redline fluted

Seat post clamp – Suntour, NOS

Padset – Redline new font

Plate – Haro Type II with original stickers from that cover shot.

"Stu, thanks for being such a positive role model both on and off the track!  You’ve contributed so much to the sport of BMX and continue to do so! Hope you all enjoy the bikes as much as the Thomsen’s did."

–JT