Redline R760

We can thank Redline up front for putting some utilitarian, real world, real people vision back into our ‘$7000 carbon bike or bust’ test force. All the bike snobs in the office didn’t give the R760 much of a gander lined up against the carbon fiber museum we seem to have assembled in the RBA shop. It’s deep rust red color, 6061 double-butted aluminum construction, relatively high weight and mid 1970’s lines didn’t cause them to spend much time looking at the bike. That all changed when we passed the bike around to ride.

Yes, the RT760’s aluminum chassis does harken back to early bike design times (on purpose), but is complemented by carbon seat stays and a carbon fork, designed to give the bike not only a smoother ride but a funky old/new impression that wasn’t lost on the more erudite of the RBA test force. The Shimano 105 component package, the FSA Omega-Mega EXO crankset, Tektro R730 long reach brakes and Kenda Kontender tires highlight the package. The RT760 is available in six different sizes from XS to XL. Our test bike was an XL and had a 61cm top tube, 73.5-degree head angle and a 73-degree seat angle.

Out on the road the RT760 was surprisingly fun to ride (actually more fun than some of the bikes that have passed through the RBA halls with three times the price tag). How is that possible? The carbon seat stays and carbon fork worked in harmony with the aluminum in a way that not only soaked up bumps, but gave the RT760 a unique and comfortable feel. Strangely stable and confidence-building on the downhill and corners (the Kenda Kontenders helped with that as well), the RT760 hung in there on all the corners and downhills of our world championship lunch ride, but took a few hits once we got to climbing, due to the 23.4-pound package. Who is this bike for? Anyone who doesn’t have a trust fund and wants a comfortable, fun bike to ride and commute on. Speaking of commuting, the RT760 also features clearances in the carbon fork and longer chainstays (41.5mm) so it’s a road bike which will fit 700 x 28c tires and has pre-drilled holes to accommodate fender fittings and hardware. We are sold on the RT760 with its $1100 price tag.
Price: $1100
Weight: 23.4 pounds

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