Cycle '08: Condor's new look
By Ben Atkins | Thursday, October 23, 2008 9.21am
Condor's Leggera gets a completely new look for 2009 and is the team bike of Rapha-Condor-Recycling.co.uk. Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com
London-based Condor has considerably updated its Leggero frame based on feedback from the Rapha-Condor-Recycling.co.uk team.
The new version is virtually unrecognisable from last year’s edition with a completely restyled and considerably stiffer main triangle. Beefier looking intersections join the newly tapered head tube to the top and down tubes and the seat tube now also carries a far more aerodynamic profile. As before, the frame is made from DCS SL high modulus carbon and retains the Dedacciai drive box rear stays.
Major changes are also evident in Condor’s top-end carbon sportive frames, the Baracchi. Previously based on the Dedacciai Ribelle monocoque chassis, the frame is now made from separate tubes joined by carbon wrapping. Also noticeable is that the previous “Etape Profiles” graphics package has now been moved down the range onto the entry level Italia (which now comes with an optional shorter top tube to replace the women’s specific Bellissima). The Baracchi now comes in a much simpler one-colour paint scheme with Condor’s new font.
The Condor Baracchi is now a wrapped tube-to-tube carbon frame instead of the previous semi-monocoque
New paint and graphics are in fact spread right across the 2009 Condor range. The steel lugged Classico now comes in a clean cream colour with green and pale blue accents, and where the down tube font goes modern on the other frames it goes further retro here.
Going fixed has been the fashionable way of getting around London for quite a few years now and Condor has long been at the forefront of the movement. Condor’s entry level steel fixie, the Pista, gets a fresh look courtesy of some new paint schemes, updated graphics and, by the looks of things, some pretty wild coordinating build options.
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Condor’s entry level steel fixie, the Pista, gets a fresh look
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