OUR HISTORY

EST. 1948

A FAMILY BUSINESS

We're champions of quality and good old-fashioned craftsmanship.

When Monty Young first opened the doors of Condor in 1948, he probably didn't think he'd build bicycles for pop stars, Olympians, and royalty over the years. He probably didn't think we would still be building frames by hand and still have a store on Gray's Inn Road.

We have a passion for cycling, to make the best bicycles possible, and inspire everyone to get out on two wheels. Condor bicycles have been ridden to World Championships medals, multiple National titles, and ridden in the Tour de France. Our success over the last seventy years has been dependent on our attention to detail, customer service, and experience. We test our bicycles in the real world with the help of our professional athletes and our own pro teams. 

As more and more marques take their manufacturing to the Far East, we continue to produce our frames by hand in Italy, creating everything from race bikes to gravel ready machines, from all sorts of materials. Our current range features carbon frames, performance aluminium and steel, including stainless steel.  

Our bikes take inspiration from our rich British heritage. Few brands can claim to have had their bikes ridden by household names, from Ed Clancy, OBE to Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mick Jagger.

CRAFTSMANSHIP AND YOUR BIKE

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.

Our skilled craftsmen build everything out of anything. Millimetres translate into performance, and our attention to detail can be seen on every bike.

Condor craftsman

Purchasing a Condor bicycle is a simple four-step process. Don't worry if you're new to cycling because we're here to help at every step with knowledge, skill and experience.

Learn more about The Condor Way

 Condor Leggero frameset

Condor Store and Stockists

Our store on Gray's Inn Road has been part of the community of Clerkenwell since 1948. It is the home of all things Condor. In the store you'll find everything a cyclist could ever want spread over three levels. In the basement, we display our complete bicycle range, plus ex-demo and sale bikes. There is also our repairs and servicing workshop, bicycle fitting area, and a dedicated space for Brompton folding bicycles. Whether you're looking for a Campagnolo widget or to replace a rusty cotter-pin, you'll find it at Condor. Up top, there is an array of clothing from brands we've tried and tested. Treat yourself to a pair of sumptuous Assos bibshorts, or stay visible on your daily commute with an Endura jacket. We have a shoe fitting and helmet fitting area, too.

Can't visit our store? We work with selected independent retailers who provide the same level of care, attention to detail, and service as we do.

Find your nearest Condor retailer

 

Vintage frames

Do you have a vintage or retro Condor, have you inherited a frame and want to know more about it? 
Learn more about vintage Condor's, read our tips to identifying your frame.

Read the guide

 

A  BRIEF HISTORY OF CONDOR

OUR TIMELINE

1948

Monty Young opens Condor Cycles at 90 Gray’s Inn Road

1950

Condor Cycles opens 211 Balls Pond Road

1960

Era of the Condor Mackeson team, which nurtured top riders such as Colin Lewis and Dave Bonner

1972

Grant Young, Monty’s son, begins working at Condor in 1972

1980

Monty Young sets up Paris Lightweight Cycle – frames feature unique style and handsome bi-laminations.

1986

Condor Cycles support Percy Bilton Pro Cycling Team – racing in a range of Pro tour race

1998

Supports Anglia Sport cycling team. Rider Gary Baker wins several stages of Milk Race

2005

'The Condor Years: A Panorama of British Cycling' is published

2006

Rapha Condor racing team formed

2007

Reintroduction of the Paris Cycles range – includes Galibier and Tour de France models

2008

Condor Cycles celebrates 60th Anniversary

2009

Kristian House wins National Road Race Championship on the Condor Leggero

2012

Condor rider, Ed Clancy win gold medal at the London Games

2013

Condor releases Super Acciaio 2.0, the first UCI approved racing steel frameset

2015

JLT CONDOR pro cycling team are the first team to be sponsored by Mavic apparel.

2016

Ed Clancy wins a third gold medal at the Rio Games

2017

Bivio-Gravel all-round steel frameset is added to the range and JLT CONDOR relaunched in blue and burgundy. 

70th Birthday of Condor Cycles

2018

Condor celebrates 70th birthday with anniversary festival, rides, pop-ups and parties.

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