Oct 2010 - "The idea of a steel race bike was created on a whim.
Could we make a bike light enough to be raced, stiff enough to perform while retaining the characteristics of steel."
Sept 2013 - "In December 2012 we sat back down with Kristian and Tom from the team and decided to try and create something even better, now we have version two, lighter and faster."
Neil Manning, Production Director
You've poured untold hours, miles and sweat into your passion and now Condor delivers a bicycle frame in a material that will lift your experience of cycling to new heights; which makes you want to go out and ride again and again. We're dedicated to bicycles built with passion, innovation and purpose. Are you?
Made by hand
At the heart of a bicycle is the frame. It is the soul of the machine. It is one of the most expensive parts and the part that will give your ride its character, its feel and its purpose.
At Condor the frameset is extremely important to us; it has and always will be. That is why after sixty five years we still make all our frames by hand to our specifications in our production facility.
Past Present Future - a book by Condor
Past Present Future is a celebration of cycling, bicycle design and Condor. Condor partnered with the makers of The Ride Journal for the project, which features a mix of portraits, studio and lifestyle photography by a range of contributors.
The book talks of how, in the early nineties, Condor were the first to make sturdy steel single speeds, not for the track but for London's couriers, swapping an aggressive track geometry for a more relaxed position and bullet-proof build.
John Herety discusses British racing and the inception of the Rapha Condor Sharp team, and why the roots of Condor are within British racing. Former Condor rider and Tour de France veteran, Colin Lewis, shares anecdotes about racing abroad, while production director, Neil Manning, writes a poignant essay about the material steel, and why after all the years, and the popularity of carbon, steel has always remained within the range.
Past Present Future goes behind the scenes through interviews, essays and photo stories with close friends, riders and famous names that have ridden the bikes over Condor's sixty-five year history.
"As London riders, we always knew Condor. We have both spent way too much time hanging around the store, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to work on a project with such an iconic British cycling brand. It was a pleasure to record the fascinating, heart warming and emotional tales surrounding the shop. Whether it was a national champion, a hardcore commuter or the grease-stained workshop staff, everyone's story was linked by their passion for bikes." - Andrew and Philip Diprose, The Ride Journal.
Amongst the history are the personal experiences of the staff that have shaped the brand. Sandwiched between Monty describing when Mick Jagger asked to go to the track with him, and a workshop photo story, is a a heart-warming tale from bike fitter, Angel Vila, who had his bike stolen and months later met the thief. Greg Needham, head of sales, explains how he found his way to cycling after a running injury ended his athletics career.
There is plenty of history within the files of Condor but it is the changing faces and the growth of cycling that has prompted the compilation of a book. It celebrates cycling and shares stories from cyclists, and also capturing images of jewel-like components that are essential to us all. It talks of the changing technology within cycling, from lugged frames and hand-stitched jerseys, to flocking, to using laser cutting machinery to produce bikes we see today in the Condor store.
"Cut for a life on the bike" is the mantra of the new Mission Workshop jacket, which was introduced this Winter. Condor is the exclusive London stockist of the new Orion jacket from the American-based bag maker.
The 4-way stretch Schoeller c_change™ fabric actively responds to varying climates. In high temperature the fabric opens, pushing excess heat out and increasing breathability. In cool temperature the fabric heats up to keep you comfortable. Sealed seams make the Orion fully waterproof.
With more pockets than you know what to do with the Orion is cut for a life on the bike, featuring an internal iPod pocket, external phone pocket, hand pockets, removable hood, and articulated sleeves for riding. The jackets are made in Canada, and we all know that Canada has some serious weather.
Available in black and olive.
Born out of a San Francisco workshop, Mission Workshop set out to create gear that outperforms its rivals, while maintaining a clean aesthetic appropriate for cycling, travel, and the daily routine. Mission Workshop started creating bags that can handle a lifetime of abuse, and apparel that can withstand the worst weather.
Lyle from Mission Workshop explained: "domestic manufacturing allows us to make smaller, more controlled runs of each bag, ensuring that each one is worth its lifetime warranty."