Redline 2009 Conquest Pro Preview

Cyclocross Pro Reviews

The 5% that’s not spot on? 1. The brake pads could stand an upgrade to better slow down this 205 pound Clydesdale, I’m thinking Koolstops. 2. The Bulldogs are overkill on the fast hardpack I raced on today, they felt a little sluggish on the road section, and my time suffered. 3. The big issue? The San Marco Ponza saddle. It’s not CCX racing friendly. If you’re playing around on trails and fire roads without race pace dismounts, it’d be fine. But the saddle’s short points off the back snagged my shorts four times on remounts, the saddle’s sharp nose grabbed on a fast dismount, and the cover’s abrasive mid-section didn’t allow easy sliding into position to suit terrain. This saddle’s getting retired.

Overall: The 60cm build weighs in @ 20.5 pounds without pedals. That’s about two pounds lighter my steel tried and true Hunter CCX race bike. The Conquest Pro is a little longer top-tube wise and with more laid back geometry than my Hunter – so it steers a little slower than what I’m used to, but the slighter longer chain stays help the rear tire hook up well under climbing force, with less of a tendency to go light and spin. With a few upgrades planned for this week (a smoother saddle, skinnier, faster tires until the mud season hits, and better brake pads) I’ve a hunch the Conquest Pro is going to emerge a contender.

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