This is Leon Cerrone’s Condor Leggero with custom khakis paintwork inspired by his love of all things World War 2.
The colour is the closest match he could find to RAF fighter planes used in the Middle East and North Africa during the war.
Condor is a classic British bike producer with a history of handmade steel frames. However their carbon work is produced in Italy; taking this into account it seems fitting that Leon went with a compliment of Italian finishing kit; Campagnolo Chorus groupset, 3T cockpit and Fizik saddle.
Leon is an ever present on the London cycling scene and a close friend of Rapha, so much so that you will see him and his Condor featuring regularly in Rapha lookbooks. While his saddle to bar drop might convince you otherwise, Leon is not actually a pro rider, even though he put’s in the same amount of kilometres and can sometimes be seen lapping Regent’s Park with Sir Bradley Wiggins. Leon is in fact retail manager at uber trendy Folk Clothing.
He didn’t have far to walk from the Folk clothing HQ to the Condor shop in Holborn, London when he was planning the build of his bike. But a year later he is considering some minor changes that he didn’t want to tell us too much about. He did reveal that the pin-up girl sticker on the top tube (inspired by US WW2 bombers) will be the inspiration for some painted graphic additions to the frame.
He also wants to push his position on the bike from aggressive to super aggressive. Leon currently has a 130mm stem with a negative 17 degree angle. Keeping the same angle he is looking to push this to a 140mm stem. We think he must have been inspired by Wiggin’s setup when they rode together last summer ahead of the London – Surrey Classic that Sir Bradley was competing in.
Leon almost missed the Time Trial World Champion as his friend Monty wanted to keep the arranged meeting a surprise We were supposed to ride to Esher but Monty wanted to go earlier to Regent’s Park, I refused three times before agreeing to it! Imagine my surprise. We were there really early and left with him for a coffee before there were too many people.
If you don’t already, you can follow Leon on Instagram.