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Pro bike: Kristian House's Condor Super Acciaio

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Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-JLT) rode a steel Condor Super Acciaio on the final stage of the Tour of Britain last Sunday

Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-JLT) rode a steel Condor Super Acciaio on the final stage of the Tour of Britain last Sunday
(Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Campagnolo Record bottle cages: ridiculously light at 16g

Campagnolo Record bottle cages: ridiculously light at 16g
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House's steel Condor Super Acciaio steed was painted up with the team's characteristic pink decals…

House's steel Condor Super Acciaio steed was painted up with the team's characteristic pink decals…
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… Which are carried through on the custom fi'zi:k Arione saddle

… Which are carried through on the custom fi'zi:k Arione saddle
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The Campagnolo Record 11 had carbon flourishes in the rear derailleur arm

The Campagnolo Record 11 had carbon flourishes in the rear derailleur arm
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The Rapha-Condor-JLT detailing continued to the dropout arches

The Rapha-Condor-JLT detailing continued to the dropout arches
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The team sponsors bedeck to the custom (56cm) top tube beside the characteristic Condor motif

The team sponsors bedeck to the custom (56cm) top tube beside the characteristic Condor motif
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The provenance of the heat treated steel frame is displayed on the seat tube

The provenance of the heat treated steel frame is displayed on the seat tube
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The subtle decals pop up all over the frame

The subtle decals pop up all over the frame
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House mismatches his Italian groupset and Italian made frame with Shimano Dura-Ace pedals. There's probably a law against this

House mismatches his Italian groupset and Italian made frame with Shimano Dura-Ace pedals. There's probably a law against this
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Standard 53-39T chain rings on House's bike

Standard 53-39T chain rings on House's bike
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The Condor Super Acciaio is fixed with a stand out white Deda Elementi 35 stem and handlebar combination

The Condor Super Acciaio is fixed with a stand out white Deda Elementi 35 stem and handlebar combination
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Stem length is 130mm

Stem length is 130mm
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House's bike is fitted with a Campagnolo Record 11 mechanical groupset

House's bike is fitted with a Campagnolo Record 11 mechanical groupset
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Carbon rim specific pads transmit the brakes' stopping power to the Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two wheels

Carbon rim specific pads transmit the brakes' stopping power to the Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two wheels
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Rapha-Condor-JLT had a stock of Continental Force and Attack tubular tyres, with a slick central track

Rapha-Condor-JLT had a stock of Continental Force and Attack tubular tyres, with a slick central track
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The steel stops at the fork of the Super Acciaio, which is a Deda Nero Supremacy with a classic curve and neat graphics

The steel stops at the fork of the Super Acciaio, which is a Deda Nero Supremacy with a classic curve and neat graphics
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The neatness of the braised cable guides signal this frame has received meticulous attention

The neatness of the braised cable guides signal this frame has received meticulous attention
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The TIG welding on the rolled frame tubes is exquisitely neat.

The TIG welding on the rolled frame tubes is exquisitely neat.
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Carbon also turns up on the Record 11 derailleur too

Carbon also turns up on the Record 11 derailleur too
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This article originally published on BikeRadar

The Condor Super Acciaio is billed as a thoroughbred race frame by the London builder, and Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-JLT) was riding one on the Tour of Britain's final stage in London on Sunday.

The revamped and in this case custom frame – the 33-year-old's bike has a slightly longer top tube – is Columbus heat-treated steel and is cut and TIG welded in Italy.

Condor says the frame geometry is borrowed from the Leggero – the company's elite performance carbon frameset – and is a reversion to the company's roots, which started out building bikes in steel.

The bike's classic looks are augmented with a mechanical Campagnolo Record 11 groupset and matching Campagnolo Hyperon Two wheels. House foregoes the team's sponsor Speedplay pedals in favour of Shimano Dura-Ace and the bike weighs a competitive 7.2kg (15.9lb).

Steel race bikes have been making a return in the UK domestic peloton. While House – Rapha-Condor-JLT's most decorated road rider - received the bike just prior to the start of the Tour of Britain, another of the squad's riders, James McCallum, rode one in the 2013 Tour Series.

And of course, rival team Madison-Genesis have been riding the Genesis Volare 953 all season long.

Check out the gallery for a closer look at House's bike.

The provenance of the heat treated steel frame is displayed on the seat tube

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Condor Super Acciaio
Fork: Deda Nero Supremacy full carbon
Headset: Condor Tapered 1.5"-1-1/8"
Stem: Deda Elementi 35 130mm
Handlebar: Deda Elementi 35 (o-t-o 440mm)
Tape: fi'zi:k Superlight
Brake calipers: Campagnolo Record D Skeleton
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11
Shifter levers: Campagnolo Ergopower Ultra-Shift Record 11
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11-25
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
Cranks: Campagnolo Ultra-Torque Record 11 53-39
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo PF30
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-7900
Front wheel: Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two
Rear wheel: Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Two
Front Tyre: Continental Attack Comp tubular 22mm
Rear Tyre: Continental Force Comp tubular 24mm
Saddle: fi'zi:k Arione (team colours)
Seatpost: Condor Supremacy
Complete bicycle weight: 7.2kg (15.9lb)

Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.85m/6'1"
Rider weight: 73kg/161lb
Saddle height from BB (c-t): 780mm
Seat-tube length, c-t: 550mm
Seat-tube length, c-c: 500mm
Nose of saddle to centre of bar: 575mm
Head tube length: 165mm
Top tube length: 560mm