Lovers of hand built Italian steel frames wishing to avoid temptation should stop reading now because today Condor Cycles launch a limited edition range of lugged steel World Series framesets to celebrate company founder, Monty Young's birthday. Monty first opened the doors of the now legendary London shop in 1948 and since that time Condor has supported numerous British national, world and Olympic champions.
From the mid-Fifties that support came in the hands on shape of Monty driving the Condor Cycles service van to races up and down the country. The new range of frames celebrates the success of Condor supported riders at world level with a limited run of 150 framesets in five different combinations of white and one of the colours of cycling's world champion rainbow band. The frames are made from triple-butted lugged steel hand made in Italy. The design is based on the bikes used by Condor's professional track teams of the Sixties and Seventies and the package includes a matching World Series San Marco Concors saddle and seatpost, colour co-ordinating leather bar tape, headset - 1in naturally, a numbered commemorative booklet and a World Series cap.
Five colourways are matched by five different size options running from 49cm through 52, 55, 58 and topping out at 61 - and you can have the choice of either horizontal or vertical dropouts - although given their track team inspiration and from the promotional shots released by Condor geometry is going to be much more at the track inspired end of the scale. Condor's attention to detail means that the frames certainly build up in to a very elegant range of bikes.
The World Series go on sale today and if you've got £550 you can have one, but we're guessing that you'd better be quick
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