Featured in the August 2009 Issue.

"Redline made its first CX frames in 1994. "Those were TIG-welded 6061 aluminum and used a 7000-series aluminum fork with 45mm of rake," says Redline product manager, Tim Rutledge. "But we had to work out some geometry tweaks, getting the head tube slacker—they were, like, 75 degrees—and lowering the bottom bracket. We designed the forks to be threadless, using a one-inch steerer tube and the Aheadset, back before Cane Creek took this [Aheadset/threadless steerer standard] over."

Today, Redline has its numbers dialed. On the claimed sub-18-pound Conquest team shown here, head angles are between 71 and 73 degrees (depending on size). Other goodness: an A-Class 730 wheelset developed specifically to work with Hutchinson’s tubeless Bulldog tires (Rutledge claims the wheels are lighter than the Shimano 7850s and seat the tire better so you can run lower PSI), a SRAM Force drivetrain that’s lighter than ’09 Ultegra, and TRP’s highly adjustable and featherlight EuroX brakes."