Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Auburn, WA
Bikes: Cannondale cross bike-- 2008 TJ CX4
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I think both bike companies are great, but it all depends on what you're looking for. Components can always change, but the foundational design and ride of the frame is what you really need to understand and determine what you like best. I have a 2008 Cannondale TJCX4 and love it. Now I have to disclose that all my bikes are Cannondale, but when I was searching for my Cross bike I did looked at all brands including Specialized and Redline. In the end, I really liked riding the Cannondale frames and the stiffness that comes along with them. Some like/love it, some don't. However, I talk to a lot of folks out at the races that also love their Redline Conquests. In redline, as I understand it, you get a mountain bike feel and design in a road bike frame.
Bottomline, go and test ride both for a good ride. This will help you understand how your body feels about both frames. Then make the best decision based on what you feel is best.
Good luck, I think you're going to be happy with either of these bikes.