Here are some more detailed pics of the Thorn Club Tour I have recently built. I hope you get an impression of just how huge this bike is… it fits really well, though.
I realise the steerer does need cutting, or I could achieve a slightly more elegant line by changing the Ritchey adjustable stem, but I’m not really bothered. This bike is my ‘Land Rover’ and function reigns over form. It’s a supremely comfortable ride with those large tyres and the position is upright and sedate. It can still rattle along, though, as the Thorn frame is considerably lighter then my Gal.
The overall impressions on ride is that the bike wants to go in a straight line, even when pressing on. Seems a rather strange observation, but there you have it. I am yet to try it with a proper full load (20kgs) although I have every confidence it will handle it with aplomb.
(Forgive some of the photography… these shots were taken on a pretty lousy day and achieivng a steady enough camera for some of these exposures was tricky.)
Thorn Club Tour 620 s frame, Orbit XLII headset.
Spa Cycles wheelset… Rigida/LX
Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 700×35
Ritchey Comp Adjustable Stem
Shimano Altus CT90 cantilever brakes and Tektro RL340 levers
Shimano Deore drive train:
HG50 Cassette: 11-32
M531 rear mech
22T/32T/44T replacement front chain rings
UN54 bottom bracket