Redline 2009 Conquest Pro First Impressions

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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

The call came in Friday afternoon. “The Redline has arrived”, I repeat “the Redline has arrived”. Mostly set-up, the Conquest Pro didn’t take much time to finish building and match positions to my CCX race bike. I did a test ride in Nisene Marks Saturday morning, and then raced today. Whew, that’s fast. Maybe too fast to work all the kinks out – that’s okay, cause this is going to be a great review ride throughout the hectic CCX race season we’re in the middle of.

In the meantime, here are my first impressions.

Spec: 95% Brilliant. It’s all built around a Redline R6 aluminum frame and a Redline carbon fork. Rival derailleurs front and rear with 09’ Rival shifters make me smile. An FSA Gossamer crank in 46/36 with the SRAM 1070 12-25 rear cassette is my gearing of choice. Avid shorty cantis do the trick, unless the front straddle cable slips loose on lap three (totally attributable to the short set-up window). Other FSA goodness includes a carbon wrap seat post, shallow drop OS bars and stem. Tektro top mounted levers are a new treat for me; I think I’m going to warm up to the option of braking from the flats. The Ritchey DS Pro wheelset looks good and tough. And the rubber? It’s a set of Hutchinson Bulldogs, one of the fattest (but not fastest) set of knobbies you can find these days.

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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Comments:

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the tires on that bike! I’ve always been curious about Redline Bikes, seeing them in Bicycling magazine, but never entertained the idea of looking further than their half-page ads.

  • Anonymous says:

    The Bulldogs look stunning; they’re beefy, with aggressive knobs in that light gray that looks even better all dusty. Now we just need some rain to turn our hard pack into slop so I can really wring them out.

    Redline seems to be looking to deliver in some interesting niche markets; they have a cleverly spec’d lineup of cross, 29er and singlespeed bikes. Someone is paying attention up in Washington state. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Swapped out the stock Avid pads with Koolstop MTBs in Salmon/Black before a long, steep, single-track adventure on Sunday – what a difference the pad change makes.

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