Bianchista has had a long term test with the Condor Cycles branded Sugino Uno track Chainset. After literally putting a crack my awful Truvativ crank on my few-years-old bianchi pista, Condor came to the rescue supplying this crank for review. I have to say, in terms of an upgrade it certainly put the old crank to shame. Where the Truvativ was flexy and looked cheap, this sturdy offering from Condor feels super solid, and translates every inch of power right through the pedals stroke, which is not to be scoffed at when one is stuck fixed gear on a windy day, believe me.
The crank I used is 48t, which was a couple of teeth larger than the old one. I didnt really notice though due to the afforementioned stiffnes and ‘solid’ feel to each revolution. What I find most amazing though is the price Condor are selling these starting at just £65 for the silver version! Iv struggled to find a sub £100 Sugino crankset, I mean the 75 is pretty astronomical as its their top end hitter, but the lower end messengers etc are still super expensive in the UK, helped in no small part by the massive inflation of all bike components from Japan last year. Not only is the crank excellent performance-wise, its also incredibly reasonable in its price. The cranksets are available in a plethora of colours to suit all builds, and feature a natty little condor logo on the chainring. Pop down to Condor to take a peek and make an upgrade you wont regret.
Condor Cycles has let Bianchista have a sneaky peak at their new stunning collabo frameset with guru’s of the uno-cog game Cadence. Cadence recently released a hot pair of DVS shoes, the ‘Fast Fridays’ sneakers, more info here. The Condor produced ‘Fast Friday’ frameset is based upon the foundations of the Condor Classico steel frameset, creating a truly one off lugged triple butted steel beauty. I cant wait to see this frame built up, reckon its going to look amazing dressed as a classic looking track racer bike, or even pimped out as a trick bike…. I particularly love the texture of the decals and the detailing such as logo stamped upon the BB shell.
World Track Championships – Copenhagen
Wednesday 24 March 1900-2100 BBC2, 1800-2100 red button, all online (UK only)
Victoria Pendleton goes for Great Britain in the 500m time trial (final 1830 GMT) and Chris Hoy returns to the track where he crashed last year, bidding to help better last season’s team sprint silver (2125 GMT).
Thursday 25 March 1830-2000 (BBC2), 1800-2030 red button, all online (UK only)
Olympic bronze medallist Chris Newton goes for Great Britain in the scratch race (1845 GMT), Vicky Pendleton and Jess Varnish go for gold in the women’s team sprint and Chris Hoy bids to add the world title to his Olympic crown in the keirin (final 2050 GMT)
Friday 26 March 1900-2000 (BBC2), 1800-2030 red button, all online (UK only)
Anna Blyth will look for a British medal in the women’s scratch race (2030 GMT) and Jason Queally could make his GB comeback as part of the men’s team pursuit quartet (2050 GMT).
Saturday 27 March 1415-1630 (BBC1), 1630-1730 (BBC2), all online (UK only)
Vicky Pendleton defends her women’s sprint crown (best-of-three final from 1615 GMT) and look out for the multi-event omnium, which will be a new Olympic discipline at London 2012.
Sunday 28 March 1350-1730 BST (BBC2) , all online (UK only)
Britain’s sprint king and queen are both in action as Chris Hoy goes for gold in the men’s sprint (best-of-three final from 1610 BST) and Vicky Pendleton bids for a third medal in the women’s keirin (final 1630 BST)