For the last few months I have been riding a Condor Super Acciaio. For those of you that don’t know, the Super Acciaio is Condor’s light steel racing frameset. It is probably the only steel race frameset with oversized headtube & bottom bracket to be UCI approved according to UCI’s new system. It is the first time I properly ride a steel road bike (I know I know) and after riding just over 1,700km on this bike I was in love and convinced that I wanted one.
No wonder why the #SteelisReal hype is so big. I don’t know what it is, but steel has a bit more character, looks more classic, etc. Carbon and alloy bikes are really nice too. They can also look and ride so well, but the Super Acciaio is light enough for climbing, riding and racing (our level of racing, maybe not Grand Tour). It is really comfortable, can be made to measure, it is designed in UK and hand built in Italy. I was pretty much sold and was already thinking of how my build was gonna look like. But then a good friend of mine (more on this soon), started building steel frames in Italy and offered to build me a custom, to my size, frame. I couldn’t say no really. Otherwise I would have gone with the Supper Acciaio for my steel build.
Team mate, photographer and art director Erik Jonsson came to watch and support us race on Sunday and took some killer photos. Rudy was racing on a Condor Super Acciaio, which he has been riding for a while (photos and review soon) and Leo was racing on a Aprire Vincenza, his first time on the bike and he seemed to have liked it. Click read more below to see more photos or head over to Build Ride Rinse for the full set.
The London team raced Cat4 and Cat3 at The London Bike Show this weekend. It was a hard course (a hot dog crit) with 2 straights and 2 very sliperry hairpins. It was like a very hard interval training, sprint for 30 seconds, coast around the corner, sprint again, coast around the corner, repeat over and over again. Well done to Rudy and Leo for their effort on the Cat3 race and Matt, George and Pasquale on the Cat4 race achieving a great result with George coming 1st after breaking away with Twickenham CC’s Tim O’Rourke. Stay tuned for photos.
Did you know Condor Cycles make their carbon framesets by hand in Italy?
“Veneto is one of twenty regions in Italy. It is tucked into the north east of country. It boasts Venice as its capital and its borders reach right to the high peaks of the Marmolada mountain. Veneto is also the home of the factory where we build our Leggero and Baracchi carbon framesets from scratch. The race proven Leggero has been ridden to multiple wins in both international stage races and on short criterium courses. The secret to creating a thoroughbred refined frame is down to the combination of time-served craftsman and quality materials. Our craftsmen understand that meticulous attention to detail is vital to success. They hand cut and wrap the carbon fibre, which is sourced from Japan, and bond it together with superior nano resins. This film shows the process in action.” – Condor Cycles.