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Thorn Nomad Mk II (ultimate tour bicycle). Rohloff; 2 Racks; MANY Extras
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Purchased in the winter of 2011 for a round-the-world cycling expedition that never happened. Bike

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22 Sep, 2013 20:04:19 BST
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Ripley, United Kingdom


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Last updated on  13 Sep, 2013 19:28:06 BST  View all revisions

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Purchased in the winter of 2011 for a round-the-world cycling expedition that never happened. Bike has been kept in pristine condition and covered less than 1,000 miles.
Type: Touring Bike Frame Material: Steel
Brand: Thorn Frame Size: 590M
Model: Nomad Mk II Wheel Size: 26 in.
Colour: Black Number of Gears: 14

For sale is my beautiful, little ridden Thorn Nomad Mk II, with Rohloff gearing and many 'extras'. I bought this bike in December 2011 for a round-the-world expedition that started June 2013. I quickly fell ill and was forced to return to the UK. I will not be able to re-start the expedition so I am, with sadness, selling the bike on.

After months of research and deliberation I chose the Thorn as the bike for my trip. Thorn arguably makes the best touring bikes in the world and their current top-of-the-range model is the Nomad Mk II, of which this is an example.

The frame is made from Thorn's 969 steel, which is double butted, seamless, heat treated and cold drawn cro-mo. The frame includes the S&S coupling system, which allows you to split the frame, which makes it shipping / flight friendly. The frame size is 590M. I recommend having a look round Thorn's website for sizing information ( I am 188cms / 6ft 2in, with a 35 inch inseam. I find this frame extremely comfortable to ride (compliance and geometry). Thorn recommend's this frame for people shorter than I, but I sized down to accommodate a chronic shoulder pain, sitting me slightly more upright. My girlfriend is 5 ft 5in and she can ride it with the seat fully down...

The gearing is Rohloff's Speedhub, which is bombproof and fantastic to use. For ultra-long-distance cycling expeditions it is the perfect system: they do not break; they do not fail (but if they do Rohloff will offer worldwide support); they require no maintenance AT ALL beyond changing the oil. There are many Speedhub's with hundreds-of-thousands of miles in them that have never experienced anything other than an oil change. The sequential gearing is bliss when touring. Should I ever be in the position to relaunch this expedition I will opt for Rohloff gearing without doubt. The oil has been changed once already. Two more oil change kits are included in the auction (see photo). The Speedhub is red anodised; against the black frame it looks superb.

The wheels are Rigida Andra CSS. These wheels have been plasma treated, giving them super-durability. You must use blue Swissstop brake-pads with these wheels - one set is already fitted to the bike; three more sets are included in the auction. These wheels are hugely strong and the rear wheel is specifically drilled for the Rohloff speedhub (you will have no spoke-bend/break issues).

The front hub is the Hope Pro 3, which was included for super-durability.

The brakes are Shimano XTR V-brakes, which are immensely powerful and work brilliantly with the CSS wheels. Brake levers are also XTR.

The handlebars have ergonomic grips on them, which are very comfortable indeed. They have bar-ends on them also.

The steerer tube includes an accessory bar, to which is currently attached a handlebar-bag adapter. Please note that the Ortlieb adapter in the photo is not included in the auction, I have included it in a photo for illustrative reasons.

The cranks are Thorn 175mm 5 arm cranks. The chainring is a deep-toothed expedition 50-tooth, which is reversible. A new replacement is included in the auction.

The rear sprocket is a 21-tooth Rohloff-specific sprocket, which was included for super-durability.

The bottom-bracket is eccentric.

Please note that the Shimano XTR pedals in the photo are not included in the auction. If you would like to purchase them they can be included for + £70.
The little bell is also not included. Forgot to take it off when taking the pictures...

Please note the Brooks saddle will not be included - it's broken in to the form of my backside, so it will be of no use to you! I recommend replacing it with the same or similar: after about 1,000 miles of agony it has become feather-soft and very comfortable.

The tyres are brand new Schwalbe marathon plus 26 X 1.75.

Additional items:

Front and rear mudguards (size 55)
Front rack is a Surly Nice, which is hugely strong.
Rear rack is a Tubus Logo, which is also hugely strong.
3 spare front-wheel spokes
3 spare rear-wheel spokes
frame-splitting tool, which is also the eccentric bottom-bracket tool
2 X replacement SRAM PC890 3/32 chains
2 X oil change kits
Rohloff information
1 X 50-tooth replacement chainring (deep teeth; reversible)
The pile of metalwork is for the Surly rack
3 X inner tubes
3 X blue swissstop brake pads.
1 X Rohloff sealing nut

The build quality on this bike is the very highest. The parts are nearly all 'upgrades' to the highest available standard. The parts on the bike and the build form of the bike were chosen for their immense strength and durability. The black / red colour scheme is very striking and looks stunning in the flesh. The bike receives lots of attention...
I bought this bike to last a lifetime and specifically for a 50,000 mile cycling expedition across every conceivable terrain (desert / high-altitude / Chilean ripio / snow ... everything). It was spec'd to carry immense weight over very long distances. It is so comfortable and stable with and without load. I weigh 80kg; my luggage weighed 80kg. I cycled up 20-mile Alpine passes with no trouble. My knee fell to pieces one evening and the gearing accommodated: the ratios are deliberately chosen for heavy weight and bailout-if-ill.
The bike is silent when ridden: no chain-noise. Very strange if you're used to derailleurs.

I'd love to keep it: it is a beautiful thing and by far the nicest thing I own. I shall never be able to do it justice; it makes no sense to hold onto it. It is with much sadness that I offer it to 'you', for sale.

Whether you're planning your own round-the-world many-year expedition or you would like to buy a highest-quality bike for commuting / shopping etc. the Thorn Nomad Mk II is the best available option.

The bike + bits are worth just shy of £4,000. Care has been meticulous.

I am without car, which prohibits delivery. Viewing is certainly welcome, by arrangement. Collection-after-payment or buyer-organised courier service are the delivery options. I would much rather receive payment via a direct bank transfer. If you are uncomfortable with this, PayPal is okay. Cash on collection is also okay, though I'll have to deposit the money in the bank before releasing the bike to you (I'm sure you're all honest, but I've been stung with fake notes in the past...). The bike is advertised elsewhere and I am prepared to receive sensible offers.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Best of luck


On 13-Sep-13 at 19:28:06 BST, seller added the following information:

Please note that the bike is in Brecon, not Ripley. Completely forgot to update my location when listing this item. Apologies.

Also: in order to completely split the frame the Rohloff gear cable needs to be detached from the hub, which is simple: unscrews off and screws on. The rear brake cable needs to be undone. Ta da: bike of two halves.

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