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"Cross: $799 Redline Conquest or $999 Rocky Mountain Rail?"(2 posts)

"Cross: $799 Redline Conquest or $999 Rocky Mountain Rail?"Demon Blues
Aug 22, 2002 10:26 AM
After many years of drooling over cyclocross bikes, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and get one. Why cross? Because it would fill this "void" between my roadbike and mountainbike. I'm getting a cross bike with some cross racing in mind, but mostly I'll be using it for commuting and long "epic" rides. My short list includes a Redline Conquest I found selling for $799 and the Rocky Mountain Rail for $999.
I know that Redline has been making cross bikes for some time now. I know nothing about Rocky Mountain cross bikes. The $200 difference in price primarily involves componentry of the bikes mentioned. The Redline Conquest is equipped with Shimano Sora-level componentry, while the Rocky Mountain Rail is equipped with Tiagra and 105.

Any insight on these bikes, other bikes, or cyclocross in general would be greatly appreciated.

DB
Rocky MountainJakob
Aug 22, 2002 10:45 AM
All things being equal (i.e. you like both bikes, they fit well, etc.), I'd get the Rocky because the parts are better (the only tiagra part is the rear derailleur, right?) and because it's a better overall deal. The Rail compares more to the Redline Conquest Pro, and for $200 I would get the higher quality parts. The crankset alone (Ritchey if you buy the bike at Colorado Cyclist) is enough to sway me toward the Rocky Mountain.