The Type 1 LC 1948 bicycle takes design cues from the allure and glamour of the golden era of motor racing. Blending sophisticated, high quality materials with precise attention to details and superb craftsmanship.
Founded in Great Britain in 1948 both Condor and Lotus are equally renowned within their respective industries for their attention to detail and lightweight performance products; both are steeped in heritage and racing history, shaped by medals, honours and World Championship titles.
Lotus is no stranger to cycling - the results include a gold win in 1992 in Barcelona and victory at the 1994 Tour de France.
Condor build performance racing cycles by hand. Their experience lies in being able to create race proven products for professional athletes and famous riders.
now twenty years on, after gold medal success in Barcelona and on the eve of both companies’ 65 year anniversaries, a partnership has emerged; Lotus and Condor are working together to push the future of performance further.
Fashion and trends come and go; Condor believes there is always place and value in artisan craftsmanship. The pailer understated of cream with racing green is a faithful reproduction of bygone racing, but that doesn’t mean it is a frame that is stuck in the past! Retro is an oft-used term where perhaps “dated” would be more appropriate, but the bike takes the best parts of 20th century bike design and combines them with the best of 21st century technology to deliver a ride unequalled for quality and elegance.
The Type 1 LC 1948 is constructed from steel with manganese, molybdenum and niobium this special chemical composition allows the walls of the tubes to be made super light but incredibly strong. The tubes are joined by lugs elegantly handcut and etched.
The bicycle is finished with a leather saddle and handlebar tape - made in England and reflects the leather interior of Lotus cars of Colin Chapmans’ era and the trim of the Lotus range of today.
The frame is then built to the exact customer size profile as measured by Condor bike - fitters and the components expertly fitted by workshop engineers.
Type 1 LC 1948
Equally at home spinning through town to the café as it is making a break for the village pub in the countryside.
The Type 1 LC 1948 will have the heads of discerning bike fanciers everywhere.
With a racing green paint finish, matching steel fork, Lotus heritage details, Brooks swift Tan Leather saddle and matching bar tape in front of a polished handlebar, the bike is period ‘50s perfection on the style front.
Condor triple-butted steel, cut and welded by hand in italy by Condor, using traditional skills, before being heat treated for extra tensile strength. The Condor name stamped into the flanges of the bottom bracket, at the top of the seatstays and in the head tube is a fitting reminder of these framebuilding traditions.
Condor Legacy highly polished CnC machined chainring. single speed alloy chainset with fluted details.
Condor supremacy highly polished alloy handlebar and seatpost. Brooks swift Tan Leather saddle, leather honey bar tape, back pedal brake. Front brake, brake lever option is available as an upgrade.
handbuilt Condor alloy lightweight rims with polish Condor uno hubs.
Racing green with cream detailing and golden Lotus heritage logo
49, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm
9kgs, 19lbs *based on 55cm frame
RRp £2,000 including VaT