26" Wheel Solo Cycle Brochure
Thorn XTC

Thorn XTC
We feel that our quest for perfection, through continual improvement, reached it’s zenith with our XTC.

We have spent 36 months developing and testing the new frame in the following situations ... long Audax rides, severely hilly Audax rides, lightweight camping, fairly serious but careful off-road and day to day commuting... we sincerely believe this to be the cycle’s final metamorphis... we may change the colour each year!

Many of our customers say ... “I want an exciting lightweight cycle that I can go for a blast on in the summer evenings, that I can ride, lightly laden, over long distances briskly, and that I can also use for my annual touring holiday.” ... Well, this bike is for them! It will do all this and much, much more! If you want a good-mannered bike on which to cycle prodigious distances where ultimate comfort is more important than ultimate speed, then this is the perfect bike for the job. Don’t misunderstand, this is a very quick bike - one that encourages you to get out of the saddle and sprint up short climbs - but it is also very comfortable, especially over distance or over rough roads.

It is great fun off-road, where the application of a little finesse, in deference to its road forks and road going tyres, will allow it to cover most of the terrain that can be negotiated by mountain bike ... however the XTC will accept 2.1” full knobbly mountain bike tyres without it’s mudguards with enough clearance for dry conditions.

The XTC would be our first choice as an all year round machine for day to day use (and it will also easily cope with the weekly shop).

The stability of the XTC when quite heavily laden owes as much to Andy’s design as it does to our exclusive “conical” Reynolds “725” tubeset.

It is not an expedition tourer but it will carry lightweight camping gear for the annual holiday without fuss or drama. This is quite simply the best all-round touring cycle in the world ... if this is the type of cycle you require then try one for yourself ... we are so confident of this cycles abilities that we will double our normal trial period ... talk to us, have us build you an XTC 2002, and if you contact us within 2 weeks of delivery and tell us that you don’t wish to keep it, for any reason, we will arrange to have it collected and refund you in full.

XTC - Attention to detail.

We have enhanced the XTC’s resistance to accidental damage by using a smaller diameter, heavier gauge top tube ... this has no discernible effect on comfort or performance and weighs very little more than last year’s frame.
We use Ritchey forged rear drop outs - these are the highest quality, lightweight, drop outs available. All the frame tubes (apart from the seat tube!) are sealed ... we even use “capsule” stainless steel bottle bosses... so your high quality lightweight, pride and joy, will never suffer from internal rust!
Frame and forks.
The frame is 100% low temperature fillet brazed and the fillets are filed to perfection.

Main triangle.
Reynolds heat treated, exclusive to us “Conical” ‘725’ through out.

Top tube: diameter ø - 28.6/25.4mm gauge - 0.9/0.6/0.9mm
Down tube: diameter ø - 31.8/34.9mm gauge - 0.8/0.5/0.8mm
Seat tube: diameter ø - 31.8/28.6mm gauge - 0.8/0.5mm

Rear triangle.
We use “cranked” 16mm Reynolds ‘725’ seat stays and “cranked” 29mm x 17mm oval chain stays 0.8/0.6mm

We use Reynolds ‘531C’ blades (continental oval) brazed in to a cast crown and Columbus Nivachrom rifled 1 1/8" threadless steerer.

The standard paint finish is Cobalt Blue Metallic with Silver graphics - available from stock.
Upgrade to any single colour available +£55 (4 weeks wait).

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Thorn Cycles Ltd, 91-93 St John Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5HX, England
Company no: 4121096, incorporated in England

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