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Redline Conquest Pro ?Rattlebone
Jun 17, 2001 11:40 PM
I have a chance to buy a Redline Conquest Pro at my LBS. Its used but in perfect shape for $699. What do you think? Im 6'1 and the frame is a 60cm it seems to fit me pretty good with about 2" of clearence. Is this type of clearence ok for cyclocross?
re: Redline Conquest Pro ?Manicmtbr
Jun 19, 2001 3:35 PM
I have about 2 inches of clearance with my Redline cross bike. I would say to aim for a bike that is one to two sizes smaller than your road bike size. The price seems ok to me if it is in really good shape and it fits you. Good Luck.
sounds goodlonefrontranger
Jun 24, 2001 8:56 AM
Redlines are measured center-to-center, run quite large for the published size and are tall bikes in general because of the high BB. The fit somewhat depends on what you'll use this bike for: racing or touring/urban assault. For racing, yes you'd prefer it to run a tad small, because a small bike is easier to throw around and maneuver.

2" of clearance means you're in good shape. The more important measurement (IMO) is to make sure the forward reach is comfortable.
For 'cross racing, you don't want to be very stretched out as is the current trend in road bikes, because you need the control a well-bent pair of elbows gives you. Use wider bars, this will compensate for any "crunched up" feeling you get from going shorter, and the wider bars help your stability in treacherous stuff.

My 50cm Conquest has the seat rails at about 1.5 cm off the collar, and I have not 1mm of standover clearance (I can sort of get away with this cos I'm a girl), but it's very comfortable and easy to get on/off of in the heat of battle, and most importantly the forward reach is correct. I should have gone with a 48, but the 50 was all that was left at the time. In my next life, I'm coming back 5'10" and male - maybe then I'll find bike stuff built to fit me.