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 Post subject: '79 Condor Restored
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:50 am 
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This is a 1979 Condor Italia of Reynolds 531 w/ Campagnolo dropouts. The fork is not original; it is a very nice Ishiwata fork with Suntour Superbe dropouts. I'd like to find one some day of Reynolds 531 with a full sloping crown like the red one in the attached photo. I think the fork crown is Prugnat; the same one was used on a lot of Raleighs, Holdsworths, Condors, and Bob Jacksons, and I'm sure others back in the day. If anybody has one I'd like to buy it. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this old bike. It turned out really nice.

Frame: '79 Condor Italia, Reynolds 531, Campagnolo Dropouts

Fork: Ishiwata Steel Fully Chromed, Suntour Superbe Dropouts

Headset: Specialized
Stem: Cinelli A1, 100mm (Reissue)
Handlebar: Cinelli Giro D'Italia (Reissue)
Bar Tape: Fizik Microtex White, Cinelli Silver Anodized Bar Ends

Brake Levers/Brifters: Campagnolo Super Record, White Hoods
Brake Calipers: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Pads: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Cables: Jagwire

Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record on Brazed Bosses
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Derailleur Cables: Campagnolo
Freewheel: Suntour New Winner 7-Speed Ultra, 12-30T
Chain: KMC X8.99 Silver
Cranks: Campagnolo Super Record
Chainrings: Campagnolo Super Record 42-52T
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Pedals: Ritchey Road Logic SPD

Rims: Araya ADX-1 Aero Tubular
Hubs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Hub Skewers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Nipples:
Spokes:
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa EVO CX 700c-23

Saddle: Selle San Marco Concor Profil White Leather
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record 27.2
Seatpost Binder: Integrated Allen Bolt

Bottle Cage: King Cage Stainless Steel
Extras: Campagnolo NOS Vintage Water Bottle

Weight: 21 Lbs.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:55 am 
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I like this very much, was seriously thinking about a new Condor a while ago, good to see an old one still being used.


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Nice bike - but - how do you get your Super Record rear mech to handle the very wide ratios?

And move onto a 30t sprocket?

In my experience there isn't enough 'spring' in the cage to take up the chain slack on wide ratios without removing the cage 'stop screw' which then makes it difficult to remove the rear wheel without the cage and chain wrapping itself in knots. 28 tooth is the largest sprocket I've managed - and Campag say a 26 is largest.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 6:16 pm 
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The Super Record is actually rated to 28 teeth according to the references I've seen. I believe the cage is slightly longer than the Nuovo Record which is rated to 26 teeth. The SR easily does the 30 tooth sprocket. And a Nuovo Record will do 28 also with no problem. In both cases, running the 42-52T chainrings. I couldn't vouch for any other setup, personally. Proper chain length is required. Thanks for the compliment.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 6:23 pm 
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When I get some time later I'll post a new close-up photo with the SR mech on the big sprocket. FYI.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Love those shot-in seatstays. Why the mismatched tyres though?


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:42 pm 
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Simple explanation. It's my spare; I flatted the rear on a staple. The $95 tire, almost new, is being repaired...


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:01 am 
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rroe wrote:
I flatted the rear on a staple. The $95 tire, almost new, is being repaired...


Serves you right for riding it in the office !

Sublime paintwork - it looks hand polished.

Agree about the seatstays being sweet, as is the whole bike. Love the chainstay Campagnolo sticker - is it all original then ?

Those red forks are amazing aren't they - good luck finding them.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:32 am 
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1988_Ben wrote:
Those red forks are amazing aren't they - good luck finding them.


I actually have some of these, unfortunately though, they are attached to a front wheel, headset and frame that I ride every day :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:34 am 
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Also, the long long lugs are so so elegant. They must make the bike faster right?! :wink:


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