i have an acciaio. it's lightweight steel, i ride 60-80 milers on it. it's the best bike i have ever ridden. it gets admiring glances from everyone. it's a thing of rare beauty. i love it. i have a veloce gs and vento wheels. i rode the malvern hills last weekend and it was amazing.
Anyway, Peejay's comments are spot on - ditto the number of admiring comments, even from those with considerably more expensive bikes. My Acciaio is in a very nice mid to dark blue (probably my favourite colour). 105 standard group set. I use it for commuting to London (30 or 60 miles depending on whether I take the train back), local rides, just about everything I can. Fast and responsive (for me), extremely comfortable (even more so than my trusty Dawes Super Galaxy, which has felt rather neglected lately ...). And looks gorgeous IMHO.
For info, I did consider the Fratello, as being potentially more of an all-rounder. I think I would have looked at it closer if I didn't have the Galaxy which can take a pannier rack. But the Acciaio seemed to me to be purer and cleaner somehow.
Thanks for the feed-back gents, that's a nice looking bike by the way Peejay. Had a big off on my OCR earlier this year and while it has little damage, it feels a bit 'unlucky'. I was thinking of stripping the 9 speed Ultegra parts and getting myself a nice frame, steel or titanium, to fit out nicely and was just wondering about people's views on Condor frames
Yes, I did, back in 1991. That year's model was built by Dave Yates. It still rides as well as the day I took delivery -- well better actually because it is tweaked and run in, as you would expect of a 16-year-old bike.
been looking for a fast comuter with rack and guards for far to long, was going to get a tricross but was never sure about the compromises and the supposed flaws, then looked at some audaxes but buggered if I could find a shop with my size to test
now I've seen the condor bikes and they look very nice and just barely within my price range with a bit of scraping, thinking the fratello, that looks dead nice and reviews very well, barring a remark about flex under pannier(s), that or the agio alu one I think, being fitted as well is a bonus