Redline D600 review

Good beginner 29er

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Offering one of the better components packages of the bunch, the Redline D600 29er also features some high-end trends, including a 2x9 drivetrain and color-matched rims, fork and grip hardware. Handling is predictable and stable, and the slightly longer chainstays give it a grounded feel. Up front, the 100mm RockShox Dart is one of the nicer fork options for this price range. WTB Prowler tires were a favorite among our testers. The cockpit (bar, stem and seatpost) is laid out nicely, although the stem could be a bit shorter for improved handling.

  • Standout features: Solid overall 29er package, no major letdowns in any area; really good suspension fork performance from RockShox Dart 29; 180mm front brake rotor
  • Pros: Good handlebar; great wheels and tires
  • Cons: Long stem; soft seat; cable actuated (rather than hydraulic) disc brakes; tall (hard) gearing
  • Weight: 13.97kg/30.8lb. Wheelset: 5.82kg/12.83lb
James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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