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Pro bike: Kristian House’s Rapha-Condor Leggero

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Kristian House's Condor Leggero.

Kristian House's Condor Leggero. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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No-nonsense chainstays and conventional bottom bracket.

No-nonsense chainstays and conventional bottom bracket. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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PRO Vibe bars wrapped in grippy Fizik tape.

PRO Vibe bars wrapped in grippy Fizik tape. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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House is one of only three Rapha riders to have Di2.

House is one of only three Rapha riders to have Di2. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Continental tubulars provide grip.

Continental tubulars provide grip. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Dura-Ace C25 carbon rims.

Dura-Ace C25 carbon rims. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Front Dura-Ace hub continues the personalised theme.

Front Dura-Ace hub continues the personalised theme. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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More a split wishbone seatstay than individual stays.

More a split wishbone seatstay than individual stays. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The Leggero frame is Di2 ready.

The Leggero frame is Di2 ready. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Even Houses's hubs are personalised.

Even Houses's hubs are personalised. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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House's bike still celebrates his 2009 Nationals victory.

House's bike still celebrates his 2009 Nationals victory. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Dura-Ace brake callipers are fitted with SwissStop pads.

Dura-Ace brake callipers are fitted with SwissStop pads. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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PRO Vibe stem and Condor-branded headset.

PRO Vibe stem and Condor-branded headset. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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No mistaking whose bike this is.

No mistaking whose bike this is. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The famous Condor head tube badge and asymmetric head tube.

The famous Condor head tube badge and asymmetric head tube. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Neat detailing with all sponsors listed. Note Rapha stripes at dropout.

Neat detailing with all sponsors listed. Note Rapha stripes at dropout. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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House has much less saddle setback than most.

House has much less saddle setback than most. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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PRO bottle cages surround the Di2 battery mount.

PRO bottle cages surround the Di2 battery mount. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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The immaculate detailing continues throughout.

The immaculate detailing continues throughout. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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Seatstays are very slim in this plane but vertically deep.

Seatstays are very slim in this plane but vertically deep. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)
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House's championship celebrations also adorn the underside of the down tube.

House's championship celebrations also adorn the underside of the down tube. (Image credit: Robin Wilmott)

The 2009 British national road race championship was a great victory for Kristian House and his Rapha-Condor team in the face of more fancied opposition. To mark the occasion, the now customary special bike was produced. But as we’ve come to expect from any enterprise involving Rapha, House’s bike is super-stylish with minute attention to detail.

The 2010 Leggero frame uses Dedacciai high modulus carbon, and has a rear end which is lighter and more compliant than the previous model. The tubes vary in profile to promote both stiffness and comfort, and are matched to a Deda fork with tapered carbon steerer for a responsive front end.

All the skeletal innovations are masked by the patriotic red, white and blue stripes which run from the middle of the Fizik Arione saddle along the top tube and down the underside of the down tube. This colour scheme even continues to the hubs to complete the look. Subtle Rapha pink and white stripes highlight the dropouts, and the team’s sponsors are listed neatly in several locations on the frame.

Shimano supply almost everything else on the bike. Their PRO component arm provides a Vibe bar, stem and seatpost, which are well known for their vibration reducing properties while remaining plenty stiff enough to maintain performance. Wheels are Dura-Ace C25s, which House favours for almost every type of racing; the team also use C35 and C50 wheels.

Even House's hubs are personalised with the British flag's colours.

The Tour of Britain was one of the races during the year when the Rapha-Condor-Sharp budget could stretch to racing on tubular tyres. The squad often race on clinchers, eschewing the Continental Competition tubulars for Grand Prixs instead. Handlebar tape is the very tactile and grippy Fizik tape.

House is one of only three riders on the team to be equipped with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, on account of his nationals victory. The others are Dean Downing and Chris Newton because of their title wins. With Dura-Ace pedals, PRO bottle cages and bike computer rounding out the specification, Shimano have a rolling showcase for their wares.

House has a conventional position but has his saddle relatively far forward on the rails, giving minimal setback. The 2011 Leggero is already in testing with input from Chris Newton. The main change expected is a stiffer rear end, but little more is known at the time of writing.


PRO bottle cages surround the Di2 battery mount. House is one of just three Rapha riders to use Di2.

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