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Offline outdoornomad

Thorn Nomad touring bike
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:45:07 pm »
Ride around the world or just down to the local store; either way this is the best possible option for getting there.

Due to the arrival of a baby, I am putting this bike up for sale so it gets ridden the way its meant and to reduce the quiver to fit the stroller.

This bike has ridden around the UK after riding it out of the Thorn storeroom. The frame was one of the last hand made in the UK instead of OS as they now are, so you can be assured of some fantastic welds and love and care.

There are a few smaller cosmetic scratches, as would be expected. 

The Rohloff hub, indeed the bike, was only picked up on the 9th April, after receiving a full blown service by North America's only Rohloff speed hub service partner - - (if you get the best get the best to service it) so it is cruising like a dream!!

The bike will accept disc breaks if you choose to install them.

The bike is currently in the US (San Francisco) but can be shipped anywhere.

The asking price is US $3500

Bike details:

Nomad Mk2 (565M - refer to Thorn website - - for greater details, but in brief the measurements should be as indicated below)
suitable for persons 165-177cm
Max load capacity 65kg
Actual seat tube length - 400mm
Head tube length - 139mm
Chain stay - 453mm
Seat angle - 73.5
Mid tube standover height - 768mm

Colour - Bright yellow - would be one of the few around, so easy to spot!

S&S couplings to allow bike to be broken into two parts for easy shipping

Handlebars: Thorn comfort MTB bar
Grips and bar ends: Ergon GR2-L
Wheels: black Rohloff disc hub with XT front hub
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour (26x2.00)
Brakes: XTR V

Cranks & gearing: 170mm thorn conventional with shimano sealed BB
Sram PC890 chain on a 110 bcd chainring

Seat post: standard alloy toped with a new Brooks B17 (some git pinched my worn in one)

Carriers & accessories:  Profile Design cage  and a Thorn accessory bar

Offline NomadicTraveler

Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 10:57:08 pm »
Hi, are you still selling the bike?

Offline outdoornomad

Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2013, 05:18:10 pm »
apologies for the delay, I have at work in Africa.

yes the bike is for sale still - contact me if you're keen!


Offline outdoornomad

Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013, 12:07:14 am »

I'm pretty keen to sell the bike - respectful offers welcomed.


Offline vernonlevy

Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 07:31:52 pm »
For anyone remotely interested in buying the Thorn, let me put in my two cents worth.  The frame was built by Kevin Sayles a master craftsman and I have one of the first Rolhoff hubbed bikes built by him at his new employers Woodrup Cyles in Leeds.  The geometry is much the same as a Thorn and the quality of the ride offered by the bike is superior to any of the preceding three touring bikes that I have owned. 

Anyone buying the Thorn will be rewarded with trouble free, low maintenance cycling for many years to come.  The Rohloff hub requires just an annual oil change which is a simple ten minute job.  All I have had to do in the past eighteen months of ownership is to change the hub oil and replace the brake pads once. No-one will regret its purchase apart from the vendor.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 07:57:10 pm »

I too have the exact model you have except I have a dyno front hub.  I have had no issues at all.  You might consider selling on as there are a lot of adventure cyclotourist on there, probably more than here.  Its free too.

I just wish you had sold yours about a year ago when I paid almost $1,000 more.  You price is very nice.  Best wishes, John