Cyclocross - Suggestions for a noob...Cyclocross 5 vs. Conquest Pro
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09-25-08, 10:31 AM
I'm interested in getting my first CX bike. The bike's primary use will be general purpose winter riding but I am also interested in racing it...just for fun, nothing serious. After talking to a couple guys at my LBS I'm leaning toward either the Cannondale Cyclocross 5 or a Redline Conquest Pro. I like the build kit on the Redline but I suspect the Cannondale frame is better. Is this true? I'm basing my opinion on their history of Al road bikes. Perhaps that doesn't apply to CX. I like the BB30 on the Cannondale, but prefer the Rival on the Redline. Any and all imput is appreciated.
I also have easy access to Specialized, Trek and Felt if they have something better that I'm missing. FWIW, I'd prefer something more aggressive handling since it will be replacing a fixed-gear bike that I was using in the winter.
09-25-08, 03:07 PM
I'd go with the Redline simply for the Rival. The BB30 is pretty nice, but with cartridge bearings so easily replaceable in the Rival BB I don't think it's that big a deal.
09-25-08, 03:14 PM
oh yeah, and the Redline is a nice frame. It's no C'dale, but it's nice.
09-25-08, 04:30 PM
redline has a tried and true geometry... i was going to build one but have pretty much decided on using a Soma double cross
09-25-08, 09:37 PM
Cannondale has a pretty long track record in cross. One of the local guys has a pretty old one built up with 8 speed Campagnolo.... I'd probably go with that unless I was dead set on Rival for some reason.
Cannondale keeps changing their geo around, but Redline has pretty much stuck to the same concepts for quite a while. That said, Redline's geometry may not work well for you. I ouldn't automatically assume Redline's frame is worse, either. I'm pretty pleased by the build quaility of my D660 (aluminum 29er).
09-26-08, 09:40 AM
Thanks for all the input thus far! This weekend I'm going to try to test ride both of them.
03-24-09, 07:46 PM
I'm currently trying to decide between the same two cyclocross bikes that you were (Redline Conquest Pro and Cannondale Cyclocross 5). I was just curious if you ended up purchasing either bike and what your thoughts are on it?
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