Condor Italia RC road bike review

Condor Italia RC road bike, Italian-made aluminium frame with a nod to the past £1,550

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Of all the bikes in the test, this is least like its stereotype. It confounds all expectations by being the smoothest-riding of the four. It’s not 100 per cent aluminium because it has the carbon fork and wishbone to take the sting out of the bumps, but it’s still a shock — or there’s a distinct lack of shocks — that it feels so plush. It isn’t super-stiff compared with modern race bikes, but it has bags of liveliness and feels fast and exciting. This is the lightest on test, and the snappy-shifting Athena enhances that sensation — a very good bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightest on test

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    High-end components

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    Plush ride quality

Reasons to avoid
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    Welding isn't pretty

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Condor boss Grant Young told CA that in the Nineties, when aluminium frames began to arrive from the Far East, he didn’t think road cyclists would accept the blobby welds.

Yet they did, and steel began to fall out of favour. Condor had to adopt the new material or go under. Young found a factory in Italy and the same factory hand-builds the Italia RC today.

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