Redline 2009 Conquest Pro Full Review – By Steve Cooper
- Frame: R6 Double Butted Alloy
- Fork: Carbon Fiber With Alloy Steerer.
- Sram Rival shifters and derailleurs
- FSA Gossamer 46x36t crankset
- Ritchey Pro wheel set with Hutchinson Bulldog tires
- Available in 7 sizes
Admit it. You’ve watched crazed cyclocross riders with drop bars and skinny tires plowing through puddles, scrambling up muddy hill sides and shouldering their dirt caked bikes over logo clad white barriers. Likely you’ve pondered what it would take to get out in the muck, all with a hunch that the filthier you got, the funner the time you’d have.
The obvious door into that day dream is to break down and buy a cross bike; but your frugal side smacks you upside the head and halts that dream dead in its tracks. Reality check. You talk yourself down, rationalizing that a decent cross bike is too expensive. And an affordable one is bound to be a string of disappointing compromises that you’ll outgrow as soon as CCX skills kick in.
Turns out, Redline has your wake up call. They’ve assembled a sophisticated spec that retires that rationale. The Pro doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to straddle, and if you truly outgrow it, it’s time to line up sponsors. The 2009 Conquest Pro is a solid cyclocross offering that gets you onto the dirt, helping dial in your skinny tire trail chops; and when you finally decide to take it to the races, just get a number and go.
Sure you’ll want to tweak it some. But the Conquest Pro is a great foundation, and since you’re not into it for deep coin, adding those few pieces along the way is as painless as upgrading can be.