Condor Italia review

Condor Italia 2011
Cycling Weekly Verdict

It's not particularly light but the Condor rides extremely well. It's stable, predictable, comfortable and easy to like. This winter, with mudguards fitted, it has been the bike we've gone to and in a bike test that's telling.

Reasons to buy
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    Great ride characteristics

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    Winter ready

Reasons to avoid
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    Gearing may not suit all

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The London firm, currently enjoying surging popularity, has launched a new version of the Italia for 2011 with a completely different shape, but still keeps it crucially a penny below four figures with this SRAM Apex build.

The Italia is made in Italy from Deda 7003 aluminium and the most striking aspect is the swooping flattened top tube, whose arc continues in the chainstays. This is paired with an oversized down tube and standard round-gauge seat tube. The rear brake cable routes internally through the top tube, which gives it a clean look, and the minimalist, arty graphics accentuate the effect. On the practical side, the frame has mudguard eyes and rear rack mounts. Condor says the arched top tube is not just for aesthetics - it allows a D-lock to be mounted inside the main triangle.

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