Cycle Show 2013: Condor Cycles

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Cycle Show 2013: Condor Cycles

The Condor Cycles stand has become one of the key attractions at the Cycle Show in recent years, and their display at this year’s show featured three new bikes.

The London brand has entered a partnership with tube manufacturer Columbus this year and the Milanese brand’s steel and aluminium pipes have been deployed in each of the new bikes (Condor will continue to work with Dedacciai).

London brand Condor included three new models at the Cycle Show

The steel-framed race bike, the Super Acciaio, is one that has inspired others to mix a traditional material with contemporary design cues, and has received a subtle but significant update for this second iteration.

Elsewhere, Condor exhibited a road bike equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, the Heritage Disc, and a new aluminium road bike, the Italia RC. We made a close inspection of each.

Condor Super Acciaio

The star of Condor’s stand at the Cycle Show is the new version of the London brand’s steel-framed road bike: the Super Acciaio.

The new bike is made with rolled, steel tubing from Columbus, specifically designed for the bike in collaboration with Condor. The top tube, for example, which looks flattened to the naked eye, is multi-sided.

Condor are claiming a weight saving of 200 grams on the previous incarnation, which was made with triple-butted Dedacciai tubing,  and which we tested last year. The weight of the new chassis is 1.6kg for frame and fork for a painted 55cm model.

Condor’s Super Acciaio steel race bike contains many of the design features of contemporary carbon steeeds

It retains many of the features of its ground-breaking predecessor – a tapered headtube and BB30 press-fit bottom bracket, both more readily associated with carbon frames – but includes a few subtle changes in profile, such as a lowered driveside chainstay to prevent damage to the paintwork from chain slap.

A Super Acciaio chassis in a 55cm frame has a 165mm headtube and 73.5 degree seat tube angle, reflecting its development with riders who have become mainstays of the Tour Series city centre criteriums.

The machine has been tested by Rapha Condor JLT’s Kristian House, and raced by his team-mate, James McCallum, in this year’s Tour Series.

The Condor Super Acciaio frame will be available in the black and white livery of the Rapha Condor JLT team, or in black with striking neon red detailing. It will be available in sizes 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm, and 64cm, or in custom geometry for an additional £100 (RCUK understands that the Super Acciaios of Rapha Condor JLT are custom).

The Condor Super Acciaio frameset will sell for £1299. A full bike with Campagnolo Athena carbon 11-speed will cost £2499.

Condor Heritage Disc

Condor showed a new, disc-specific incarnation of their all-steel touring bike, the Heritage, expected to hit the shelves of Condor’s London store and the pages of its website next spring.

The Condor Heritage Disc is made from Columbus Spirit steel tubing

The Heritage Disc  exhibited at the Cycle Show was equipped with SRAM S Series hydraulic disc brakes. The rear disc mount has been placed on the inside of the chainstay for pannier clearance.

Condor have used Columbus Spirit tubing throughout, and deployed flattened tube profiles in a bid to offset the additional weight incurred by the disc set-up.

The frameset will sell for £599.

Condor Italia RC

We’ve written extensively about aluminium’s comeback as a material for frames at the high-end and entry level. This £599.99 frameset from Condor, fashioned from triple butted Columbus Airplane aluminium tubes in all but the seat stays and fork, which are carbon, represents something of a middle ground.

The new, aluminium-framed Condor Italia RC, has carbon seatstays

Introduced as the senior sibling to the Italia, Condor’s entry-level all-rounder, the Italia RC, is equipped with a full carbon and some aesthetically pleasing, oversized TIG welded aluminium pipes.

It will be available in the white colour scheme shown here and as a frameset or in a choice of builds, starting at £1449.99 for SRAM Apex or Campagnolo Veloce.

Special Ticket Offer

RoadCyclingUK.com readers are being offered a special ticket price of just £11.50* per ticket in advance by visiting http://www.cycleshow.co.uk/book and entering discount code RCUK when prompted. Tickets for children aged 14 and under are £1 with a paying adult and children under five go free.

*Tickets are normally £13 in advance and £16 on the door. A £1 booking fee will be charged for all advance bookings.

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