Sea Otter: Redline says goodbye to cantis, hello to thru axles for 2015

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Thru Axle is here on the Redline Conquest carbon frames for 2015. © Cyclocross Magazine

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New for this year is the addition of thru axle forks on all of the carbon models.

The top-of-the-line carbon Conquest Pro will be equipped with SRAM Force CX1 and full hydraulic disc brakes from SRAM (though the show bike was shown with Avid BB7 MTN disc brakes), and retails for $3,759.99, complete with Novatec CXD disc wheels that are tubeless ready. Redline’s team will likely race these exact wheels, since the team has switched from Challenge to Kenda tires for 2014, and Redline’s 30-34 National Champion Justin Lindine plans to race Kenda SCT tires tubeless on his Novatec CXD wheels.

The Conquest Pro features a Fizik Tundra 2 saddle, Cyrano stem and the excellent Cyrano seatpost, one of our favorites due to its easy angle adjustment and reliable hold on the saddle and angle.

The new Conquest Team with CX1 at Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

A level down and showcasing the new (and not yet officially announced) SRAM Rival 22 with A-Class tubeless wheels, TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes and Schwalbe Smart Sam tires is the Conquest Elite at $2,659.99. Rival adds YAW and an extra cog for 2014, a move that we predicted in our show preview just two days ago.

The Conquest Elite at Redline. Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

The last of the carbon frames is the Conquest Expert, which will be decked out with SRAM Apex 10-speed and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes for $2,299.

Conquest Expert at Redline. Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

A solid thousand bucks cheaper than the carbon models, the Conquest Comp is the first in the lineup to have Shimano componentry with the TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes for $1,299. The striking red alloy Conquest doesn’t look that different than the original Conquest from 1994.

The updated aluminum at Redline looks similar to the first ever ’cross frame. Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

The basic Conquest model comes with Shimano Sora with Render R mechanical disc brakes for $1,059 as seen below:

The new 2015 alloy Conquest from Redline at Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

Want the best of the Redline frames? The carbon Conquest Flight with a front thru axle is available for an estimated $1,699.

Celebrating 20 years of ’cross at Redline. Sea Otter 2014. © Cyclocross Magazine

Redline stressed that the MSRPs listed aren’t set in stone, and are still subject to change as the bikes become available.

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