The Condor Bivio – Gravel is the latest model to join the range. Like all Condor’s that have been built since 1948, it was developed in London and of course, it is made by hand from a custom Columbus steel.
Built by Condor in Italy, the frameset—designed for mixed terrain and surfaces—uses custom Columbus triple-butted steel, similar to that used for Condor’s UCI-approved Super Acciaio race model. The frameset, priced at £1,199.99, features a melon and grey colour scheme. There is clearance for 40mm tyres with guards fitted, and upfront a 44mm head tube provides handling stability on twisty paths.
The Condor Bivio Gravel’s first public appearance was at Bespoked last month, which is where we took these photos. Just wheeling the bike through the centre of the show turned a lot of heads, which considering we were at the UK Handmade Bike Show can only be a great sign. The ‘melon’ colour scheme is really stunning. The bike is remarkably light and nimble and with clearance for up to 40mm tyres (with guards!), you could ride the Bivio anywhere.
The British brand recruited former JLT Condor professional rider, Luke Mellor, to put the R&D model through its paces.
“Luke recently rode an entire lap of Britain. He started in Shropshire and headed clockwise around the coast. Luke is a tall rider with a natural ability to ride fast. He was an ideal candidate for the frameset because ride quality and feedback are amplified on his large 61cm size frame.”
The Bivio Gravel is an evolution of the Bivio-X, an all-rounder aluminium cyclo-cross frameset. Two fork options are available within the frameset price: TRP’s full carbon thru-axle fork with mudguard eyelets, or Columbus’ full carbon Mud Disk fork with quick release.