Condor remain headline sponsors of the former Rapha Condor-JLT team, despite Rapha’s departure last year, which means the London-based firm still provide bikes for the likes of Olympic champion Ed Clancy and former British champion Kristian House.
After House, riding his final season with John Herety’s team, tested the Condor Leggero SL last year he was aboard it again at the
Tour of Britain. While Clancy – riding in preparation for the track season and next year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games – was on the Condor Leggero Team Edition.
We took a closer look at both bikes – including House’s Big Lebowski-themed top cap. Check them out in the gallery below.
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Ed Clancy's Condor Leggero Team Edition
Team pursuit champion Ed Clancy may have made his name on the track but he's also become a stalwart for Condor-JLT, this being his fifth season with the team. The Tour of Britain was another step in his preparations for the track season, with London hosting the World Championships in February. The race was actually Clancy's first Tour of Britain since 2009. His bike of choice – the Leggero Team Edition – was one of two at the team's disposal.
The Leggero Team Edition is the result of years of feedback from riders on the JLT-Condor team. The Italian-built frame boasts a black high gloss finish but with the eye-catching addition of the yellow, white and grey colour-scheme.
The bike boasts a tapered head tube up front, built for stiffness, to ensure the bike is versatile enough for both sprinting or inner-city criterium racing. Clancy's two Tour Series victories earlier this year – alongside one apiece for team-mates Richard Handley and Kristian House – are a testament to that. The asymmetric headtube flares from 1-1/8" at the tip to 1-1/2" at the bottom. Internal cable routing keeps things neat.
Stiff, light, square
The Leggero features a BB30 bottom bracket. Carbon construction for the bike is tube-to-tube, with a blend of unidirectional and directional high-modulus carbon fibre combining to make a bike which offers plenty of stiffness and tips the scales with a claimed frame weight of 1,150g. Condor say the tubing profile offers a lighter frameset with a squarer silhouette.
The grey, white and yellow colour-scheme continues on the rear triangle. The cut-away on the seattube keeps things nice and aero, sitting snug with the Campagnolo Bora One 35 wheels. Speaking of which...
An Italian-built frame could only really be paired with Campag, right? The team use both the Shamal and Bora wheelsets, with the latter called into action for the Tour of Britain. The 35mm Bora One 35 carbon fibre tubular wheels were shod with Continental tyres.
While the frame has gone through many subtle changes over the years to end up as it is for 2015, the cockpit's had a more noticeable makeover. Fizik now provide the stem and handlebar (and seatpost) whereas in previous years it was Deda. Clancy uses the alloy Cyrano R3 stem and bars.
Fizik provide the seatpost too, though Clancy has opted for the carbon Cyrano R1 at the back rather than the alloy equivalent. Fizik have also provided the team's saddles for some time, and the custom-coloured perch atop Clancy's bike is the Fizik Arione K3 with Wing Flex technology.
Campagnolo Record 11 brakes and the Italian firm's Record 11 EPS electronic shifters are called into action by Condor-JLT.
Kristian House's Condor Leggero SL
The alternative bike for the team is this one, the Leggero SL, which Kristian House was riding to tackle the Tour of Britain's Queen Stage from Prudhoe to the summit finish on Hartside Fell. The frame is much lighter – claimed weight is 900g – and was unveiled at the The Cycle Show in 2014. Though it uses the same BB30 bottom bracket and tapered head tube there are some big differences too – the size of the seatstays is one noticeable change (Clancy's bike is behind which makes for easy comparison)
The Leggero SL is £2,999.99 off-the-peg and boasts a Columbus carbon fork, headset and seatclamp.
Though the bike has been crafted in Italy, it's London-based Condor responsible for its design. The company has been a long-time supporter of the team and has been creating custom-built bikes in London for more than 65 years. The head badge adds a touch of style and heritage to the bike, and pays homage to previous crests which have all featured Condor's 90 Grays Inn Road address.
The carbon tubing of the Leggero SL, like the Leggero Team Edition, has been hand cut and hand-wrapped. House tested the brand's R&D model for some time before its official launch in the spring. The frame geometry is largely the same though more-advanced carbon fibre ensures the low weight.
Other differences between House's bike and Clancy's include the cockpit, where House has opted for Fizik's Cyrano R1 bars in the alloy stem. House also has a custom Big Lebowski top cap...
The Big Lebowski
Here's a closer look at that top cap. Though born in Kent and a former British champion, House was raised in Austin, Texas, and owes his accent to his cross-Atlantic upbringing – hence his nickname, "The Dude". His stem cap has been etched by Somerset-based Kapz and features Jeff Bridges' eponymous character from The Big Lebowski. "The Dude Abides" is a line from the film, for those yet to watch the American cult classic.