Condor Vintage Frames and Bicycle Guide
Do you have an older Condor frame and are looking to identify the model, if it is a genuine Condor, or when it was made?
Use our online catalogue library to learn more about past Condor frames, and follow our tips below to identify your frame.
1. What year was my frame made
Look for a frame number. The frame number is found on the bottom bracket on the underside of the frame. Condor frames from 1948 to 1980s are stamped with a four or five digit frame number. Frames from mid to late 1990s onwards are stamped with a five or six digit frame number.
The first two numbers denote the year the frame was made, while the second two or three digits refer to the production number. In some cases, the format is reversed, such that the production number is first and the year second.
Unfortunately we do not have an archive of frame numbers that are pre 2009.
The frame number is 5840.
It was manufactured in 1958 and was the 40th frame to be produced that year.
The frame number is 5831.
This frame was made in 1958 and was the 31st frame to be produced that year.
2. Is it a Condor?
Can't find a frame number or it doesn't match our examples? There are several way to identify a Condor. Condor did not make bicycles with baskets or with swoop back bars similar to Dutch bikes — these were made by a now defunct Swiss maker.
Condor used dropouts by Campagnolo during the 1960s and early 70s. Dropouts are often stamped Condor or Campagnolo.
Solid top eye semi-wrap seat stay
Condor frames have a solid top eye design that semi wrap over or would meet at the Allen key seat bolt. The top of the seat stays do not fully wrap over the top tube. This style was used on cheaper, mass-produced bikes such as Raleigh, Carlton and Falcon. The top eyes meet at the seat Allen key bolt, rather than below or at the back of the seat tube.
From the late 1970s onwards, customers could choose to have Condor etched into the top eye.
Semi wrap over design
Engraved top eyes
Brake Bridge Detail
A "C" for Condor is etched into the rear brake bridge. This can be found on frames from the late 70s until the late 90s.
3. What model is it?
In the early years, Condor — like many custom performance frame builders — did not have a range of models. Instead, customers could choose from a variety of unique lug patterns and choose their own geometry, paint, fixtures and fittings to suit their needs.
Condor lug patterns available were No. 1, No.2, No. 3, Superbe. Fleur de Lis, and Italia. The most popular patterns were the No. 1, Superbe, and Italia.
Condor No. 1 Lug Design
Condor Superbe Lug Design
Condor No. 3 Lug Design
Condor Italia Lug Design
Curly and fanciful lug patterns fell out of fashion in the mid-1970s as riders looked to find way to make their bicycles lighter. Frames with Superbe and No. 1 lug sets were still made but not in high numbers. The Baracchi, Sienna and Italia became increasingly popular.
Condor introduced a model know as the Baracchi from 1970, which was 350g lighter than a normal lugged frame. These frames did not have welds or lugs at the head tube.
The Sienna was built from Columbus SL tubing and an "S" engraved into the fork crown. It features simpler lug design the lugs and bottom bracket are cut out.
A number of models were introduced in the 1980s that focused on off-road riding, audax and touring.
Models of this era include Cadet, Special Cadet, Super Cadet, County, Italia, GS Racing, GS Touring, and TTT Turbo. Frames made in the 1980s didn't always carry a metal head badge and instead a Condor logo was applied vertically to the head tube.
Frames made in the 1990s didn't always carry a metal head badge and instead a Condor logo was applied to the head tube.
Condor produced several off-road bikes for mountain biking and touring models, as well as the Condor Professional, a top of the line race frame, along with the ever popular Italia.
4. What material is my frame?
Condor frames made before 1998 were all built from steel tubing manufactured by Reynolds or Columbus. From 1973 onwards, Condor used different different tubesets as technology advanced. Key frames and materials are noted below.
- Reynolds 531 steel butted tubing is used on all models from 1948 to 1973.
- In 1973, the Condor Sienna was built with Columbus SL.
- From 1978–1990, the Condor Baracchi was built from Columbus SL.
- From 1976 onwards, Condor frames could be spec'd with Reynolds 753, if chosen by the customer.
- During the 1980s Condor Professional used 653, later changing to 631.
- From 1995 onwards, Condor Professional and Baracchi models were built with 853.
- From 1948–2002, the Condor Italia was built from Reynolds 531. In 2002 the frameset was built from aluminium tubing.
5. Where was my frame made?
Condor frames are all handmade and are never mass-produced. Each Condor bicycle is custom made and fitted and we still do this today.
Condor frames from 1948–2005 were built in Britain. Condor frames from 2006 are built at our facility in northern Italy.
Contacting us about your vintage frame
If you require replacement decals or a headbadge please contact us with a an image of your frame and frame number. We don't have an archive of all decal types from our 70 year history.
If you have an query about your frame after reading our guide, please include as many clear images as possible to help us with your query.