Condor Gran Fondo titanium

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by vickster, 23 May 2015.

  1. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Anyone got one? Also, on the Titanium what does the grading mean, 3A, 6A etc, The Condor is a LOT more money *splutter* than say a van nic ventus or enigma frame. It is utterly lush and presumably it's down to the material as well as the name, design etc!

    It's apparently.... Dedacciai K19 triple-butted 3Ai.2.5V titanium

    http://www.condorcycles.com/Condor-Bikes/25630-Condor-Gran-Fondo-Frameset/flypage.tpl.html

    Fortunately for my credit card, the 55cm frame is out of stock with a 10-20 week order time :ohmy:
     
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  2. ItsSteveLovell

    ItsSteveLovell Veteran

    Location:
    Bristol
    Doesn't it come in Mauve?
     
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    vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Ti? No their steel may. Enigma paint their Ti frames for a cost but the detailing on the condor is gorgeous, no colour needed

    Curses @jefmcg for persuading them to stick their stock model on a turbo for me while we waited for the rain to stop! Luckily I don't want campag chorus or I could have been 4k lighter :ohmy:
     
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  4. Afnug

    Afnug Everything you can imagine is real

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    vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    The kinesis is nice but there's just something class about the condor, no paint, just etching :wub:
     
  6. You can't really see in the photos on the condor page, but the joints in the frame are etched so it's reminiscent of a lugged steel frame. It's very lovely

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  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Lovely, lovely bike.

    • 3AL-2.5V Alloy – consisting of 94.5% ti, 3% aluminium and 2.5% vanadium – best suited to building bicycle frames because of optimal, strength, fatigue endurance, corrosion-resistance and workability. But not all 3AL-2.5V is itself equal (as we will find later).
    • 6AL-4V Alloy - An alloy of 6% aluminum, 4% vanadium and 90% ti. An exceptionally hard material that is useful for making drop-outs etc but difficult to make into a complete bicycle frame.
    Once you have had the experience of riding Ti, it's very hard to go back to Carbon, Alu and even steel. My poor old Spesh Roubaix, which is a wonderfully comfy, lovely bike is now gathering dust in the shed, poor thing.
     
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  8. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    Ti is a wonderfully smooth undescribable ride, that just keeps giving :smile:
     
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  9. outlash

    outlash also available in orange

    Location:
    ice station zebra
    That's a properly lush frame, I'd forego my disc brakes and straight top tube rules if I had the cash for that. Problem is with that, you'd have to get top end kit to hang on it (nice, handbuilt wheels too) otherwise it'd be slightly ridiculous.

    On a slightly related topic, I spotted Genesis doing teasers on their twitter feed with what appears to be a Ti Croix de Fer frame...


    Tony.
     
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    vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    They did say I couldn't put sora on it :smile:

    The bike I tried had chorus, some fancy £500 wheels, Deda kit and a most knife like fizik saddle! It was £4200 :ohmy:

    I'm struggling to find anything with styling that comes anywhere close...oh dear...
     
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  11. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Handbuilt wheels don't have to be expensive.

    £320 for these pair

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    vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming

    VN Ventus
     
  14. outlash

    outlash also available in orange

    Location:
    ice station zebra
    Oh definately, but the old phrase 'cheap, light, strong. Pick two', well....


    Tony.
     
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    vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Just had a look at their bike builder, they have the campag scirroco. Very expensive tyres and one women's saddle. I think they are pretty flexible however!
     
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