A Powerful Alloy

 Aluminium is back in the pro ranks and we're out to prove our handmade superlight race frame is smoother than ever.

The last man to win the Tour de France on an aluminium bike was Marco Pantani in 1998.

In these pre-millennium years, aluminium tubing was surfing an exciting wave of new tech like Gameboys and Sony's MiniDisc. If you were at the top of the pro ranks, you had aluminium. Big bold tubes, unusual shapes, aero design; it looked new and modern and most of all it was lighter than anything before. The possibilities seemed endless and it made cycling feel effortless.

As the millennium bug threatened computers, a Texan named Lance Armstrong rocketed to his first Tour win on a carbon bike. He then won another six Tours and suddenly aluminium was no longer in vogue. Factories in the Far East got smart and flooded the market with affordable alloy. Ideal machines for your Gran to go shopping on, but the messy welds and harsh ride of the budget grade aluminium selected for the frames ruined the reputation of all aluminium.




At Condor we believe aluminium never quite got a fair run at the top. If it’s made properly, by the right craftsmen, with the right selection of aluminium, then it rides smooth, it rides well and can be raced at the top next to carbon. 

Our new Italia RC frame shares many features of the race proven carbon Leggero model: a tapered head tube, internal cable routing, made by hand and balanced ride qualities. The top tube is formed into the same slender decagon shape as used on the Condor Super Acciaio for increased torsional stiffness. 

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Italia RC headtube


Condor Dunne riding Italia RC



Conor Dunne is perhaps the tallest rider in the pro peloton,. He stands at a lofty 6ft 7in. During the development of the new aluminium frame in 2015 and 2016, the Irishman pushed the Italia RC to its limit. The large 64cm custom frameset was the ideal test for the new model. The long tubes needed to prove their strength in competition, stiffness to perform, and ride quality for all day breakaways. It did and more; Conor rode to fifth in the Tour of Taiwan, battling a mountain top finish for his high GC position.

Like steel, the main parameters of aluminium tube design are wall thickness, butting, and shape. Aluminium is classed based on the International Alloy Designation System. Each alloy is given a four-digit number, where the first digit indicates the major alloying elements.

1000 series is essentially pure aluminium. 7000 series aluminium is alloyed with zinc and can be precipitation hardened (a form of heat treatment) to the highest strengths of any aluminium alloy. 6000 series alloy is used on most entry level framesets.

However, high strength 7000 series alloy can be triple-butted. Triple butting a tube makes the tube go from thick to as thin as paper, if you so wish. Then it is down to tube design. With a better grade of material, tube design options are greater. This is why 7000 series alloy is used in the Italia RC. 

The frame is paired with a new, lighter carbon fork and is hand welded by Condor’s master craftsmen. Their skilfully-welded tubes use less material at each join, which further improves the sleekness of the ride.

 "The frame shares many features of the handmade carbon Leggero model; a tapered headtube, internal cable routing and broad tubes"

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Condor Dunne Italia RC at Tour of Taiwan