Red Bull - Hardline 2016
Design & Manufacture of the Red Bull Hardline 2016 awards.
Hailed as the toughest downhill mountain bike race in the world, the third edition of Red Bull Hardline in association with Jeep, returned to the hills of Mid Wales on September 18, 2016.
Redsky were asked by Red Bull to design & manufacture the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners trophies for the most anticipated extreme event of the year. Laser engraved solid Welsh oak, 3mm stainless steel break discs laser cut to shape, UV inks and a bit of magic helped bring these weighty awards to life.
Main image credits © Olaf Pignataro
Turned around in just 4 days the Red Bull Hardline project was certainly challenging. Both Red Bull and we are delighted with the results and we think the winners of these amazing awards were pretty happy too...That may have had something to do with them completing the toughest downhill extreme mountain bike race in the world.
Using various materials and machines and finishing techniques the stunning laser engraved solid oak wood panels were complemented with two 3mm laser cut stainless steel powder coated brake discs in bronze, silver and gold. The awards were certainly in keeping with events theme, Red Bull's brief and guidelines.
The reverse of each of the three awards were laser engraved with Wales 2016 to commemorate the event. Shown here is the solid welsh oak and natural knotting which adds character to the piece.
Stainless steel security screws were bound to the wood to secure the gold brake discs to the reverse and stainless steel discs to the front of the awards. The 3mm stainless steel discs were individually laser cut to shape and size before we powder coated them in a combination of metallic bronze, silver and gold.
The front of each of the awards were laser engraved with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. You can see here the etching of wood and the effects of the laser.
Sandwiched between 34mm oak and shown here are both brake disks that were made bespoke for Redbull. The Red Bull branding was CNC routed out of 1.5mm aluminium and printed in full colour plus white UV inks.