2004 Hardtail Special Construction - The Redhill Lightweight

Low, Fast, And Built For A Girl

As the owner of a successful custom bike shop, it's expected that your personal ride would be a shining example of your work. For a female proprietor, the expectations are even higher. Mercedes Ross is part-owner of RedHill Motorcycle Werx in Lyons, CO, and she knew very well that her bike would have to be something special. Having already paid her dues on top of a hardtail, she also knew this bike would be nicely suspended.

Mercedes and husband Scot saw this as more than a chance to build a custom bike-it was also an opportunity to show the market what can be done to suit the unique needs of a female rider. An all-aluminum chassis from Wildcat Engineering with a little stretch and 38 degrees of rake not only sat nice and low but knocked off unneeded mass. The lightweight chassis set the tone for the rest of the bike, and aluminum bodywork soon followed, as did a Perse frontend. Power comes from a TP 107 and is mated to a transmission from the same manufacturer via an Arlen Ness primary. Rolling stock is from RevTech in the form of Meridian-style wheels wrapped in Metzeler rubber. Hand and foot controls are also from Mr. Ness, and the M bars (for Mercedes) are by Rick Doss.

The unfinished bike went to several shows in its raw metal state, and Mercedes was having a hard time covering it up with paint. She and Scot, along with in-house painter Phil Greff, dreamed up a solution. All of the red was done with a translucent powdercoat, and the balance of the exposed aluminum was treated to a Scotchbrite pad and clear powder.

The result of their efforts is a bike that sits low, weighs 150-odd pounds less than a stocker, and will keep up with Mercedes' husband's big-bore bikes without any trouble. We had to ask about the name, though. Mercedes explained, "My employees came up with that, because sometimes I can be one." We can't verify that particular fact, but we do know she and her shop can build one hell of a nice bike.

SPEC SHEET
OWNER MERCEDES ROSS
SHOP REDHILL MOTORCYCLE WERX
PHONE (303) 823-6363
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL ’04/REDHILL/ SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION
FABRICATION REDHILL MOTORCYCLE WERX/
PAINT BLACK CANYON CUSTOM
ASSEMBLY REDHILL MOTORCYCLE WERX/
PAINT BLACK CANYON CUSTOM
BUILD TIME THREE AND A HALF MONTHS
ENGINE
YEAR/TYPE/SIZE ’04/TP/107CI
BUILDER TP
CASES TP
FLYWHEELS TP
RODS TP
PISTONS TP
CYLINDERS TP
HEADS TP
VALVES TP
ROCKERS TP
ROCKER BOXES TP
PUSHRODS TP
PUSHROD TUBES TP
CAM TP
LIFTERS TP
CARBURETOR MIKUNI
AIR CLEANER FORCEWINDER
IGNITION CRANE
EXHAUST YAFFE X-PIPES
TRANSMISSION
YEAR/TYPE ’04/TP SIX-SPEED
CLUTCH CCI
PRIMARY DRIVE CCI
FRAME
YEAR/TYPE 04/WILDCAT ENGINEERING
RAKE 38 DEGREES
STRETCH 3 INCHES OUT
SUSPENSION
FRONT PERSE
LENGTH STOCK
TRIPLE-TREES REDNECK ENGINEERING
REAR SWINGARM WILDCAT ENGINEERING
SHOCKS WORKS PERFORMANCE
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
FRONT BUILDER/SIZE CCI/21
TIRE METZELER ME88/21
CALIPER GMA
ROTOR CCI
REAR BUILDER/SIZE CCI/16
TIRE METZELER ME880/218
CALIPER GMA
ROTOR CCI
FINISH/PAINT
COLOR TRANSLUCENT RED POWDERCOAT OVER RAW METAL
PAINTER PHIL GREFF/
PAINT BLACK CANYON CUSTOM
GRAPHICS PHIL GREFF/
PAINT BLACK CANYON CUSTOM
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER YAFFE
REAR FENDER WEST COAST CHOPPERS
GAS TANK FAT KATZ
OIL TANK WILDCAT ENGINEERING
HANDLEBARS RICK DOSS
HAND CONTROLS ARLEN NESS
FOOT CONTROLS ARLEN NESS
FOOTPEGS ARLEN NESS
HEADLIGHT HEADWINDS
TAILIGHT THUNDER CYCLE
LICENSE MOUNT THUNDER CYCLE
SEAT ALL UPHOLSTERY