Four and a half years ago, I bought a used Redline Conquest Pro on Ebay. It was a 52cm frame. I eventually realized it was too small and I replaced the frame and fork with the 2002 version in a 54 (used, of course). The bike has seen lots of changes since I bought it and it retains perhaps a handful of the original components.

This Redline is my commuter/pit/rain bike. Much of the year it is fitted with fenders and an Adams Trail-a-bike hitch. It fits okay but I don’t like the geometry nearly as much as my Merckx. One of the upgrades I made is the Ritchey BioMax bars. I like the short reach and shallow drop but I’ve come to dislike the overly ergonomic bends. I also dislike the sharp bends from the tops to the drops. I much prefer the Deda 215 bars on the Merckx and my road bike. The original owner had it powder coated black and I’ve stuck a collection of stickers on it.

The specs:

  • Frame: Redline Conquest Pro (with disc tabs)
  • Fork: Alpha Q cyclocross fork
  • Headset: Chris King 1-1/8″
  • Stem: Off-brand
  • Bars: Ritchey BioMax
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 9-speed STI
  • Front dérailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Rear dérailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Crank: Shimano Ultegra (38/46)
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra (12-27)
  • Pedals: Crank Bros. Eggbeaters
  • Seatpost: Parts bin generic
  • Seat: Terry Fly
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura Ace 32-hole hubs laced 3x with 14/15 spokes to Mavic Reflex rims (tubular) or Shimano Dura Ace 28-hole hubs laced 3x with 14/15 spokes to Mavic Reflex rims
  • Tires: Tufo Flexus (muddy courses) or Griffo Challenge (dry courses) — basically whichever wheelset isn’t on the race bike.
  • Bar tape: Cinelli
  • Brakes: Avid Tri-Align cantilevers with Kool Stop pads
  • Chain: SRAM 9-speed something

The cable routing for the rear mech and rear brake is along the top tube. Front dérailleur cable routing is along the down tube. I prefer the down tube cable routing for the front mech because I think the pulley is a mud magnet and I haven’t had a problem with the cable when shouldering the bike.

While the Merckx is my favorite of the two, this Redline has gotten me though some races and is a solid commuter bike.


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2 Responses to “Redline Conquest Pro”

  1. josh says:

    I have a submission for the “bikes of the not so rich and fameous” if you are open to submissions. It’s my cx rig. It actaully wont be all put together until this weekend hopefully (a few bits and pieces needed replacing after last year). Let me know. – j

  2. Brooke says:

    Josh, drop me an email. Look for the contact linky at the bottom of the left sidebar. We can talk about it.

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