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1986 Redline Conquest Escape Vehicle

Old 03-03-18, 08:40 AM
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1986 Redline Conquest Escape Vehicle

For brown bike month I picked up this 1986 Redline Conquest MTB frame. It's kind of sort of brown, not sure what to call this color:
















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This frame is long - 24" ct. TT with a 20" ct. ST. That matches my short legs/long torso, but is a little longer than the 22.5-23" TT stuff I usually ride. Planning an upright build with swept back bars. Maybe Nitto Albatross or a bullmoose.

Here's the original catalog page, courtesy of T-Mar. These came with a pile of Suntour XC bits. Seat post diameter is 26.6




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Any idea on the story of these?

I know of Redline- just from a BMX standpoint- but don't know of them doing anything like this. How was it built?
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There is a good chance this was built by Redline in California. AFAIK most Redline bike were US built until 88 when they were bought by Seattle Bike Supply.
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Really, the catalog stuff wasn't showing when I posted before...
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Sorry, it took a bit to sort out the catalog PDF -> JPG thing
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This is a really gorgeous frame. It's rare to see chrome stay and fork ends on an ATB. You can see the BMX influence in the head gusset, unicrown fork and TIG welding. The latter two were just starting to move into mainstream ATBs at the time. However, there are a couple of features that started trending around this time, that Redline missed. First was the use of top tube brake cable stops, as opposed to tunnels and second was moving the 2nd set of bottle mounts to the seat tube. Still, it's an interesting specimen of the ATB evolution occurring in the mid-1980s.

Based on my research, this appears to have been a 1st year ATB for Redline. The serial number and steerer tube logo both suggest the frame was manufactured by Redline, as opposed to a contract build. The use of quad butted tubing suggests an Ishiwata EXO set, while the post size suggests heavier EXO-H, which would be appropriate for an ATB of the era.

Enjoy the build. It would almost be a shame to use it as intended and get the frame marred but of course we'll need a ride report.

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This is too big for me to get any serious off road use. It's destined for more of a cruiser/hauler.

With a headset installed:

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Found some 90s Redline Flight cranks and might try them on the Conquest at some point. No plans for era correct Flights, those are obscenely expensive.

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I call the color, along with the whole frame freaking awesome.
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Wow, so clean!

Those cranks are amazing as well. I have a feeling your build is going to be very tasteful and interesting.

I just got my hands on a Velo Orange Klunker bar and it's great. Highly recommend for a bar with rise and sweep that looks good and keeps with the ATB aesthetic. They come in a nickel-plated finish as well.

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Also, I would call that color Champagne. It's silver with a mild copper and metallic pink hue to it. Same color as my Mercian.
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Those bars are a great idea. Maybe with a RL BMX stem.

Cycle trucks are so hot right now
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That looks awesome, great crankset as well. I always wanted a Redline when I was into BMX, was never aware of these.
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My first real bike was an early 80s Redline 20" BMX. I'd like to find one in white, Proline/MXII/Carrera, something like that. Right now I've got 2 other Redlines. A 90s 24" BMX cruiser and this blue 20" MX-III

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It's a bike again



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That's a very sweet piece of machine. Shag originality, I'd ride that all day.
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Nice!

Need a head on Roller Cam shot!!!
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Rose grey metallic, pewter, my favorite color for a machine.

I seriously must have that frameset, love your build but to me that screams drop bar conversion touring rig.

This has to be the first bike on bike forums I've lusted over. Enjoy!
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Would you happen to have a copy of the pdf still. I have this bike with serial number 0001 and try and find info on it from time to time. I emailed Acell when they still owned Redline, but never got a reply. The new website only allows questions about new bikes. I think it was a very limited run that may have started in 1983.
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