Condor Potenza review

Condor Potenza is the more wallet friendly option from the London based brand but offers the same great riding qualities

Condor Potenza
Cycling Weekly Verdict

While the handling of the Potenza won’t be to everyone’s taste it is an exhilarating and engaging ride that makes you want to dive into corners and go as close to the limits as of traction as you dare. The rear end especially is comfortable enough for long rides when you fancy it but it really excels when you push the pace a bit and fling it round the back lanes. Uphill it was very capable with no discernable flex and felt light enough, though it won’t bring any shock to an experienced roadie if they give it the old one finger pick-up test.

Reasons to buy
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    Great looks and heritage branding

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    Comfy rear end

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    Snappy handling

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Reasons to avoid
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    Buzzy front end

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    Some may find it twitchy

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If you’ve ever been after a great race bike with the kudos of a historic British brand name on the down tube then at any point over the last 60 year then Condor would have been high on your list. While many other UK manufacturers have faded and young upstarts have arrived on the scene – I’m looking at you Chris Boardman – London-based Condor has been putting together fine race bikes both for the pros and the masses for over 60 years, a little like the Condor Potenza here.

The Potenza is one of its models for the latter coming in as the cheapest full carbon offering by the British marquee.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.