Condor Super Acciaio review

Stylish steeler with fire in its belly

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £3,410.00 RRP

Our review

Aggressive power and handling and clean steel style, with good value custom options
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Condor’s shop on Gray’s Inn Road, London, has been a cultural hub for everyone from cycle couriers to Continental pro riders since 1948 and has been producing stylish machines for just as long.

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The Super Acciaio blends that timeless style and experience with the fruits of its long relationship with Italian tube master Columbus to produce a sporting steeler.

  • Highs: Efficiently effervescent responsiveness and handling with serious style and good value custom options
  • Lows: Firmer, feistier ride than you might expect from steel
  • Buy if: You want a classically styled, deep heritage, custom configurable steelie with a distinctively dynamic ride

Frame and equipment: deliciously detailed UCI-approved chassis

If you didn’t know about the rich racing history of Condor – most recently in cahoots with Rapha and JLT – there are some clear clues in the Super A frameset. It’s gone through the lengthy and expensive process needed for UCI approval and the international racing clearance that provides.

A tapered head tube keeps a firm (for steel) hold on the light Columbus Grammy Slim fork, it uses an oversize BB30 bottom bracket that is almost unheard of in steel bikes and stout, kinked chainstays end in oversized cowled dropouts. You’ll feel a different cross-section wherever you grab the triple-butted tubes too, with everything from round to oval to octagonal to rectangular and every permutation in between used for maximum power transfer and precision.

The oversized pf30 bottom bracket is a rare sight on steel steeds:

The oversized PF30 bottom bracket is a rare sight on steel steeds

The seatstays are flattened to flex subtly below the Condor-embossed brake bridge and there’s delicious detailing, from the contrast paint inside the double-sided reinforced dropouts to neatly shaped cable guides and multiple 3D versions of the Condor logo on various tubes.

In the UK, a full bike fit at Condor HQ (or nine other regional Condor stockists) is included in the frame or complete, multi-option bike builder price and if none of the six broadly spaced 46-61cm sizes feel right custom geometry (and paint options) are available – with an eight-week wait. The bike builder also allows your personal choice of parts but you’d not go far wrong with Condor’s own pick of mid-range Campagnolo groupset and top end wheels here.

Ride and handling: sparky steel steed

While artistry and custom spec potential help justify a serious bike purchase, it’s how a frame feels on the road that really lights your fire. We’re pleased to report that the Super A is is pretty damn flammable in that respect.

The stiff, short chainstay frame stokes the lightweight Campagnolo Shamal wheels up to a scorching pace with minimal effort for a steel bike. The 8kg weight means it’ll ignite with equal enthusiasm on any steepness of incline or village sign sprint and it’s a standout bike for riders who love to look over their shoulders and prod the pace of a group ride.

The super acciaio is an eager climber:

The Super Acciaio is an eager climber

Even with the wheels swapped it’s still got a noticeable edge over the Enigma’s otherwise similarly sporting steeler, the Elite HSS ST when you’re twisting the bar tape off at max torque. The steep steering makes it a quick-witted companion, and it’s as eager on twisting roads as it is on climbs.

Perhaps inevitably, enhanced power transfer and precision comes at the expense of subtle shock damping and there’s a fair amount of clatter and chatter from either end of the Condor. Bear in mind too that tight clearances make even 25mm rubber a close fit.

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A relatively tall head tube takes pressure off your hands though, and with the extra filter of a skinny Fizik carbon seatpost under the Aliante saddle there’s enough spring to float a big gear over staccato road sections and keep the steel spark alive.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Super Acciaio (15)
Brand Condor Bikes

Available Sizes 46cm 49cm 52cm 55cm 58cm 61cm
Rear Wheel Weight 1480
Wheelbase (cm) 100.2
Top Tube (cm) 55.5
Standover Height (cm) 79.3
Seat Tube (cm) 50
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 26.5
Wheelset Campagnolo Shamal Ultra
Weight (kg) 8
Trail 5.8
Stem Fizik Cyrano R3, 110mm
Shifters Campagnolo Athena
Seatpost Fizik carbon, 27.2mm
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Fizik Aliante Kium
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S II, 23mm
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Power Torque PF
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Athena
Headset Type Condor custom
Head Angle 73.5
Handlebar Fizik Cyrano R3, 420mm
Front Wheel Weight 1010
Front Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S II, 23mm
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Athena
Frame Material Columbus Condor custom
Fork Offset 4
Fork Columbus Grammy Slim/Super Acciaio
Cranks Campagnolo Athena Carbon, 52/36
Chain Campagnolo Athena
Cassette Campagnolo Athena, 11-28T
Brakes Campagnolo Athena dual pivot
Frame size tested 55cm