Durable full chromoly butted frame. Smooth riding butted chromoly fork. Tektro alloy linear type brakes give excellent stopping power. SRAM X.5 shifter and rear derailleur combined with the Redline aluminum crankset with 34T chainring. Sturdy and smooth rolling Redline sealed bearing disc compatible hubs laced up to 29” Alex DH 19 rims. Upgradable to disc brakes and triple cranks.
Available in 4 sizes ( 15”-21”) center to top.
Strengths: Love the big wheel smooth ride. Less effort, faster ride. Feels great. A very nice no frills efficient road/trail bike. Cost vs. riding happiness = I like it. I get compliments "nice bike" on my rides. Like the steel frame. Aluminum or other lightweight frames break on me. Steel doesn't.
Weaknesses: Top gear was way too small for my type of riding. I customized by adding first a 39 then a 42 tooth chain ring for less rpms and greater distance over mostly flat or mildly hilly terrain. Installed commesurate larger chain restraint. Shortened chain that kept falling off. Replaced stock handlebars with curved ones with 4" riser for upright riding. Replaced stock seat twice and post with heavy duty Ringle Moby Deuce - Easton EA 70 Taperwall 27.0 mm Lot 13398. I'm 230 lbs. and 6'-2" and I think bikes are made for skinny 150 lbs. and 5'-9" guys.
Bought this bike in Nov. 2009 - ridden it hard for 3 years since then. I have about 28,000 miles of road/hard dirt trail riding over 27 years, about 10,000 the past 3 years on the 29er. After I adapted it for my specific riding needs, I like it a lot. Very reliable. Value for cost is good.
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2012
Strengths: Awesome frame
Replaced handlebar and seat.
Weaknesses: I am in trouble with 29" tires though. After 3 year and putting hundreds of miles my Presta stems pop out of the tube. Purchased separate badges standard -.89 mm wall by Kenda and Michelin. Those tubes work fine on a flat surface but as soon as I go off road – they pop the Presta stem out after 500yards. Few local shops look at my rim and could not understand why is it. I am not overinflating, seems that too much of dynamic pressure on the tube.
Any suggestions whether 1.25mm wall thickness might work better?
Did any one try Maxxis Welter Weight MTB?
Good frame - lots of troubles with the 29" tubes while off-roading
a Weekend Warrior
from Seekonk, MA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2012
Strengths: Smooth, Smooth, Smooth! It had been months since I had ridden. The first day I bought the d440 I went for a 15 miler road ride. It handles beautifully on pavement and rooty, rocky trails. I've taken it through some sandy spots and rock gardens, despite being a rigid it rolls right along and takes smaller drops fine. I picked the 17" frame because I wanted a huge bmx style ride to tool around on, and it does the trick.
Weaknesses: The stock saddle is literally a pain in my ass. I need to pick up a new one shortly. new grips are on the list as well.
Great bike for the money, looking forward to years of enjoyment on it.
Strengths: Big wheels, Geometry great for tall riders, Frame and Fork rock solid steel.
Weaknesses: Hand Grips kind of suck, not easy to find a rack to fit.
I use this bike for commuting, but have had it on some local urban single track. I have to say this is the funnest bike I've ever had. It's simply a blast to ride. I find myself jumping out of the saddle in the highest gear to race up hills, instead of shifting down and grinding them out in the saddle. I ride to work on a bike trail and half the time I find myself riding with no hands because it's just fun and the bike is balanced so well I have great control. I did take a mean spill on it recently in loose gravel (yes I had my hands on the bars) at high speed and tore myself up, but the bike came out totally unscaved even though it went down hard. I got the 19" frame and I'm 6'2" 200lb and the bike fits me perfectly. I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good all around fun bike to ride either around town or on the trail.
Similar Products Used: This bike was a replacement for my old 94' Trek 850 which finally gave out. I also own a 04' Stumpjumper fsr. This is my first 29r, but tried Treks in the LBS, but didn't like the feel of the bike.
Bike Setup: My LBS installed some really nice metal fenders. It was difficult to find a pair that would fit under the rear rack I also had them install which required some custom retrofitting to make it work. In addition they changed out the rear 8 cog for a 9. They'd done that before I purchased it and I'm glad they did, the extra low gears been nice in a few off road cases.
a Cross Country Rider
from Glendale, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010
Strengths: Solid Frame (LOVE THE STEEL) and a smooth ride, GREAT BIKE for the price. Love riding it anywhere and everywhere. Get many compliments on the bike wherever I go...Oh and dont forget the bike just LOOKZ COOL!!!
Weaknesses: Heavy (but I dont mind) - Had to have chain & gears replaced (063010 @ 2013.9 milez) and Derailleur replaced (072710 @ 2293.3 milez) so far, but really no other problems.
Minus the parts replaced due to wear and tear, BEST BIKE I HAVE EVER OWNED!!! I really LOVE this bike and itz toughness, I ride it all over Phoenix and my goal iz 3700 MILEZ this year currently have 2332.5 MILEZ. Been posting a monthly article on my bike on REDLINE.COM. Solid bike for the price...
Strengths: Awesome frame and huge wheel set combine for a tank of a bike. I find the 29ers help roll over everything and I have put no suspension on it yet it soaks up the rocks and roots.
Weaknesses: Similar 29er faults, tight corning is tricky. Could use suspension but that's what the D660 is for, or buy a fork.
I see no real issues with the D440. I'd recommend putting the BB7s on as they are an amazing upgrade. My shop put the bash guard on no questions which is always nice. I've been riding it for over a month now and can say it's been some of the nicest. It runs smooth, the 1x8 is more than enough to conquer hills, the big wheels roll over it all and the chromly frame is so soft yet so stiff. I'll be taking this bike out west with me and I am more than confident it will handle. I love this bike and after a year of test riding and researching am stoked to make a good decision. Plus with the huge tires on a huge wheel set, and the dope lime green grips plus green and yellow cages the bike just looks hot.
Great bike. Low maintenance, strong frame and componets, unique and frequently complimented. I was riding an aluminum rigid singlespeed 29er and its amazing how less abused I feel at the end of a ride on the cro-moly frame. The 1x8 is all I need (possibly, more than what I need) and although I experience chain slap again it is nice to have a few options.
a Weekend Warrior
from state college pa usa
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2009
Strengths: It is amazingly light, and I think that the fact that the frame is so small and the tires are so big, it just looks bad ass.
Weaknesses: The only thing I could complain about would be that when I tried to put a big fat tire on the back, it would sometimes rub the frame.
This bike is awesome, it is small and light enough that my girlie muscles can control it fairly easily. So, all you other girls out there, if you want a 29er that is easy to handle, definitely consider a d440. Easy to upgrade (not that you really need to), and its pretty gnarly-looking. I ride it to class, ride it up mountains, and it holds up really well.
Similar Products Used: None, the only other bike I had was a Cannondale Killer V, and with the d440, I don't need another bike.
Bike Setup: Just recently put disk brakes and a suspension fork on it...beautiful!
a Weekend Warrior
from Tampa Bay Area
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2009
Strengths: looks great,('08 copper color ) appears to be well made braking shifting etc no issues
Weaknesses: non as of now
Coming from road/tri bikes the D440 seems to be the perfect introduction to 29er/off road riding w/o spending 1k+. I commute to work a couple days a week and the D440 gives me more route flexability than either my road or tri bike plus I can trail ride occassionaly. very pleased after six weeks 100 road miles and four hours on the trails.
this bike is great fun. it weighs under 24lbs as a 29er(not half bad). the shifting is responsive and has never missed (about 5 rides in). the 8 speed drivetrain is everything i need without any of the hassle. the bike is fully upgradeable to discbrakes(brazeons present), triple cranks, and front susp fork (correct geom). i got a 2009 for 500 out the door, which includes tax 9crazy good price, i love me a recession!). the only bad part is these wtb Vulpines. right now theyre okay cause i ride the bike to class for fun, but this summer when its all trail i will switch up to something better.
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Fe, New Mexico Republica
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008
Strengths: For the money, a very high quality frame and components package, with compromises made very intelligently to give you a high quality bike for very reasonable money. And the 08's metallic flake copper paint is absolutely eye popping in sunlight. This does not look like a cheapo bike.
Weaknesses: As usual with a bike at this price point, a few of the parts are a bit cheap:the seatpost, clamp, and headset. The wheels, while heavy (read cheap) are actually quite strong, and well put together-you won't have to replace them right away...
As a commuter, absolutely superb as is. As an offroad bike, you'll probably want to replace the stock Cane Creek headset with something more robust-I have an FSA DH Pig on order for this purpose. But even stock, it has absolutely blown me away with how much more stable and surefootedly it rides in some very rocky and steep terrain than any other MTB I've ridden. Keep this remark in context-it is a rigid, and it is a 1x8, so it can't do everything. But you'll be amazed at how much it CAN do, for so little. In this regard, it's the best bike I've ever ridden, and it's one third the cost of some other bikes I've ridden with better 'names'. Lots of people will diss that it has linear pull brakes, but I don't. The Tektros are about as good as my Avid Single Digit 7's; I actually prefer these to mechanical discs. I'm very pleased, and my other bikes are SO for sale. 5 freakin' chiles....Try and find an 08 for clearance if you can. The 09's are black, and run about $150 more.
Similar Products Used: First 29er. Nothing to compare to.
Bike Setup: Shimano Alivio triple ring crank set to make it a 24 speed. Maxxis Ignitor tires. Avid Single Digit 7 brake set. Race Face flat bar.
a Cross Country Rider
from LA, CA
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2008
Strengths: Price, paint, and wheelset. I know! How can the wheelset on a 549 dollar bike be good. I'd say it is much better than expected. I've been riding the bike a few times a week over some rough trails for almost five months. The hubs are still rolling smooth and the wheels haven't needed to be retrued. Light? No, it's not a race bike but the hubs are disc ready. An Avid BB7 went on easily.
The copper metallic paint is very good. I dropped an aluminum hardtail onto the toptube of the 440 during unloading. No chips or scratches. Also gets plenty of compliments from strangers nearly every time I ride.
The price is significant. If you don't know now you will soon learn that cycling can be expensive. Helmet, gloves, backpack, racks, socks (don't forget the cycling socks, those things are great!) and tools. The list goes on and on. Redline offers a capable bike at this pricepoint.
Weaknesses: Headset. If you're researching bikes at this level you'll read comments about the headsets. The Redline is no different. The stock HS is a loose bearing type that will need to be watched and readjusted depending on rider use. It is an easy 2 minute job requiring a 5mm allen wrench. When I found a Cane Creek S2 HS for 24 bucks I picked it up knowing I would change the HS later.
I ordered the Redline D440 in October 2007 having only seen the bike online. A bit of a chance but it was worth it, to me the bike is a keeper. It's a simple 1x9 29'er that works in alot of situations. For the price paid, I have to give the Redline D440 5 chile ratings.