Tête de la course is a monthly feature where we summarise the latest products at Condor and why we think they are worth stocking in our London store and with Spring in the air this issue is a bumper crop of new season delights with a blue hue.
- Rapha Trade Team Jersey
- Assos Yankee Socks
- Defeet Aireator Socks
- Spring Classics Book
- Stages Power Meter
- Cycling Lexicon
- Capo Pursuit Jersey
Rapha Trade Team Jersey - £140.00
If there is one thing that the designers over at Imperial Works excel at its rekindling the past. The 2014 batch of Trade Team issue jerseys tell the story of an epic ding-dong between Eddy Merckx and Italian Gianbattista Baronchelli in the 1974 Giro d'Italia. Each jersey worn by the final podium trio has been recreated with a twist.
The jersey uses that classic soft merino blend, a much imatted material that has formed the heart of the Rapha range for nearly a decade. There are several detailed embroideries, including a specially designed '57 – podia corsa' motif on the back.
Assos Yankee Socks - £14.99
To some, socks are just socks, but if you're like us and you value comfort, Assos' new redesigned summer sock, the 'Yankee', ushers in the new age of tootsie care—the lightest, thinnest, and most compact Assos sock ever with antibacterial properties.
Available in some rather inspiring colour options: Calypso Blue, White Panther, Yellow Volt, Red Swiss.
Defeet Aireator - £8.99
The Aireator is a popular sock within Defeet's expansive range. This seaon they've introduced a few additional, lairy, on trend colours. Defeet's sock range is made in the US.
Spring Classics Book - £29.95
Cycling's spring races are always the most anticipated of the year, not only because they herald the start of the season, but also because they are brutally difficult and spectacularly unpredictable. If you love the racing or have ridden the sportive event then the Spring Classics book with insightful passages of prose is a stunning addition to a coffee table.
Stages Power Meter - £699.99
Measuring power is like Marmite—riders either love the idea of having all the stats while others just don't want to know. A few years ago power measurement was only really attainable by pro riders and if top shelf prices weren't your thing, basic power measuring equipement was unrealiable. But in recent years the number of products available to measure power has increased making the technology much more affordable.
This year we welcome Stages Power Meter to the fore. A modified left hand crank arm bolts on in place of your usual one and the unit then sends a signal via Bluetooth or ANT to your Garmin unit. It is light, easy to install and judging by the lengthy online reviews quite accurate. Stages are sponsoring Team Sky this season too.
Coloured Cable Donuts - 30p each
It's the little things that can turn a bike into an extraordinary machine and whilst these little cable donuts are small their impact is mighty! Available in a range of colours, simply slip your cable through them to prevent it rubbing against the frame.
A Cycling Lexicon - £20.00
Looking like a small bible, it measures twelve-and-a-half centimetres by nine centimetres by four centimetres. The Carter Wong design studio's 'A Cycling Lexicon' is itself a small object of desire that celebrates the delights of other small objects of desire small metal head badges that adorn classic bikes. Whilst these days most brands don't use a head badge cut intrecately from metal, fear not, A Cycling Lexicon is a book that gives you a chance to appreciate the beauty of some truly wonderful craftmanship.
Capo Pursuit Jersey - £70.00
Capo's new Pursuit Jersey delivers the traditional, classic style and proven materials you expect from the brand. The Pursuit is constructed from a combination of lightweight Capo fabrics, one being its versatile and highly-elastic HydroDrop, which is placed across the shoulders using a raglan cut for an extra range of movement. A simple yet classic jersey with a handsome design bursting with cyan—perfect for adding a splash of colour.