DK Bicycles has a long history in BMX that directly led to the sweet bikes, components and accessories they're famous the world over for now. It all started in 1979 when Charlie Danishek was saving to buy a moped. He happened to see a flyer for a new BMX track opening and decided he wanted to BMX rather than spend his money on a moped. But, while building up his first bike, he ran out of money. So he asked his dad, who just happened to be a machinist at GM, to help him out and make him a stem. He broke a couple until they redesigned it and made it work. Pretty soon, every kid in the neighborhood wanted one of those custom stems.
Through races and word of mouth, more and more people wanted the hand-made, one-off stems made by Charlie's dad. At the time, all production was done after hours at GM, but with the newfound popularity, production had to be moved to the family garage. It became a true family affair with Mom, Dad, sister and brothers drilling holes, polishing and assembling. The legendary DK stem was born, except it wasn't called that yet. The fist production run was for a local bike shop and they were simply called K&G stems. It was after a huge race called the Jag in Indianapolis that the DK moniker would stick.
Since then, they've never stopped innovating. The DK freestyle seatpost clamp in '85, with its 2-inch standing platform with grip tape included was a huge success. They introduced their first frame in 1994. It was a dual-purpose jumping/racing model. Then they moved on to a chromoly frame specifically built for jumping, and then, the super-strong S.O.B. street/ramp frame in '97.
Today, the tradition continues. DK has been down with BMX since the beginning, they're designers and they're engineers, but above all, they're riders. With proven theory, endless testing and plenty of experience, DK makes a bike for every discipline from flatland to full-on racing.
So whether you're a seasoned pro or a little grom just starting out, we've got a DK for you. We'll hook you up and get you rolling. As core BMXers ourselves, we sell what we ride too, and we ride DK. Swing by and check them out soon.
Oh, and just what does DK stand for? Why, Dad and Kids, of course!
Back in 1974, Redline originally manufactured replacement swingarms for motorcycles. Then a local bike-shop owner with a son interested in the emerging sport of BMX, bet that Redline couldn’t build a stronger and lighter BMX fork, a challenge that led Redline into the bicycle industry.
According to BMX history, Redline created the first tubular-chromoly fork on February 10, 1974. It’s safe to say that Redline forever changed the bicycle industry, as heavy bladed forks would soon become things of the past. Shortly after their revolutionary fork, Redline produced their first run of BMX frames known as the ‘75 Squareback. Redline had officially entered the bicycle industry.
Since their crossover from motorcycles, Redline has been decorated with numerous BMX accolades and racing titles. And they continue to be pioneers in the BMX industry as they helped usher in the 3-piece crankset, triple-clamp fork and aluminum frames and components.
Redline has also expanded into other exciting areas of the cycling industry too. In 1994 they produced 20 prototype cyclocross frames. And it wasn't long before Redline was on top of the podium in cyclocross as well as BMX.
Today Redline's tradition of innovation, quality, speed and fun can be found in every model they make. And luckily for us, they make bikes for just about every style of riding.
Along with fast road, mountain and BMX bikes, you’ll also find a line of fitness and comfort bikes. All of which have been crafted for comfort and ease for the casual ride or general commute. Redline bikes aren’t just for racers anymore; they are for anyone who wants to enjoy the day on a great bike!
Swing by The Kickstand soon to choose your favorite Redline. We look forward to seeing you!
|In 1991, Mat Hoffman started Hoffman Bikes with the simplest of intentions: to build a better BMX Bike. Almost twenty years later, not much has changed. Each year, Hoffman offers the highest quality products in the BMX market. Hoffman takes feedback from the Hoffman Bikes Team Riders, dealers and everyday BMXers to create awesome and technically progressive product lines leaving no stone left unturned. Stop by The Kickstand and check out the latest selection of Hoffman BMX bikes today!|