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 cycles 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. Dont 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
its 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 Andys
design as it does to our exclusive conical Reynolds 725
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 dont 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 XTCs 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 years 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.
Reynolds heat treated, exclusive to us Conical
725 through out.
||diameter ø - 28.6/25.4mm
||gauge - 0.9/0.6/0.9mm
||diameter ø - 31.8/34.9mm
||gauge - 0.8/0.5/0.8mm
||diameter ø - 31.8/28.6mm
||gauge - 0.8/0.5mm
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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