Cyclo-cross bikes and touring/commuting bikes have a lot in common. You want a good stable platform that can handle rough roads and the ability to carry a load. Thus, it should come as no surprises that many riders have found ‘Cross bikes to be excellent commuters for the urban jungle; especially when it comes to the reliably/stability of using wider tires for those rough shoulders and roads that riders will inevitably encounter along their commute.
The longer wheelbase of a ‘Cross bike also contributes to the bike being more stable and more comfortable to the rider.
Redline’s new Conquest Classic takes the cyclo-cross proven geometry of the Conquest bikes and constructs it out of sturdy double butted 4130 cromoly tubing. In many respects you get the best multi-purpose bike with the Classic; a bike that can fit wide tires (up to 40c) and with all-weather stopping power of Avid disc brakes.
The rear disc brake mount fits between the chain stays making the double eyelets easy to access for fender and rack mounting. The Shimano 105 gearing on the Classic is designed for a wide range with the triple FSA 48X38X28 Vero crank and the Shimano 12×25, 9-speed cassette.
Attention to details – such as having chrome stays and fork legs, along with the durable double wall aero shaped Alex rims, are a postive sign of the care Redline took in designing this steel steed. One of the key points of detail is the use of a smaller-than-normal rear rotor disc (at only 160mm), which allows for easier rear wheel removal when making tire/tube changes.
MSRP of $1149.00.