48cm Condor Percy Bilton Team Vintage British Track Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.6 kg
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

A London institution, Condor Cycles have had premises on Gray's Inn Road for nearly 75 years, having produced hand made bikes for pop stars, olympians and world champions alike. Originally a Triumph dealer, the shop that was to become Condor Cycles was started by Monty Young with some help from Harry Rensch, building hand made frames just down the road from Pedal Pedlar HQ back in 1948. After a brief hiatus for Monty to do some national service, Condor employed the highly skilled BIll Hurlow to build their bikes in 1954, continueing to do so until 1968. With intricately cut fancy lugs the Hurlow built Condors are now highly prized. Through the next few decades Condor continued to nurture new British racing talent and build high end bikes, they also managed to keep up with the industry and adapt their bikes to the new materials making bikes from aluminium and carbon. Despite a shift to mass producing bikes in the far east, Condor still produce custom and off the peg steel frames at their facility in Italy.

Percy Bilton were one of the biggest UK based professional teams in the 1980s and had a number of star riders, the most successful being John Herety who went on to ride for Team GB and is now directeur sportif at JLT-Condor. The team livery was certainly on the bolder end of the spectrum, with a certain continental flair. As you would expect from professional level frames, they were built to the highest standard for both the track and road team.

Given the size of this one it seems likely it was built for John Herety himself, although we may never know for certain as Condor don't carry any records of this, they were able to confirm that these were only built for the Condor-Percy Bilton team, unfortunately though it seems the rider's name has long been removed from the top tube. Constructed from Reynolds 531 Competition tubing. it would have been hand-crafted by one of Condor's in-house master builders. The fork has been drilled to accept a brake at some point in its life and of course it has some patina from a life spent racing, but this stunning frame is a rare chance to pick up a thoroughbred track machine, in the hope that one day John will knock on your door to confirm it was indeed built for him.

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.

OVERVIEW


Condition Notes - Crack in the paint on the bottom bracket lug as pictured, the actual lug under the paint is fine.
Era - 1980s
Country - British
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Reynolds 531 Competition
Weight - 2.57 kg
Stock Code - U-F-T4V

SIZING


Size Guide* - XS/Small (Approx 28 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 48 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 52.5 cm
Head Tube - 96 mm
Chainstay Length - 39.5 cm
Wheelbase - 94 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.

TECHNICAL INFO


Rear Spacing - 120 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.2 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 44 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.2 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)

SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS

We've been safely sending orders around the world since 2010. There's a handy shipping calculator on the shopping cart page so you can see the cost of postage as soon as you've added it to your basket. Your order will be carefully packed and sent with tracking & insurance, we despatch most orders within 2-3 days but larger items and orders placed before the weekend can take an extra day or two to process.

We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.

We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the UK please remember that there may be import fees to pay directly to the delivery company before receiving the order. Unfortunately we can’t advise on the exact costs as it varies from country to country, so please check your national rates before purchasing.