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.
- 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.