I have wanted a Thorn for a while, but the cost and the hassle of getting it from the UK have dissuaded me from making it happen. Eleanor, my Baja touring partner, was riding a Thorn Sherpa and she demonstrated it was a very capable bike. We ran into a guy riding a Thorn tandem (solo picking up passengers on the way!). I took this as a sign that the Universe was telling me now was the time to get a Thorn - so I did.
I put a pic on my rando blog: http://thelazyrandonneur.blogspot.co...rn-sherpa.html
Here are the build details:
Thorn Sherpa 535L on Stealth Black
- 9 spd dura ace barcons
- LX front & rear der
- front wheel 32H LX hub w/ mavic X221 rim
- back wheel 32H LX hub w/ mavic X618 rim
- schwalbe marathon XR 26 x 1.75 tires
- deore cranks (42-32-22) soon to be (42-36-22)
- Time ATAC control-Z pedals
- 11-32 XT cassette
- SRAM PC991 chain
- deore V-brakes w/ koolstop salmon pads
- dia compe 287V brake levers
- Salsa 42cm short 'n shallow bars
- Salsa 110m moto ace stem 115 deg (not installed yet)
- Salsa Shaft seat post
- Selle Anatomica Titanico saddle
- Old Man Mountain cold springs front rack
- Tubus cargo rear rack
The bike is pretty rugged. Compared to my Surly LHT it is definitely more of a mountain bike and I built it with a long tour through South America and points beyond in mind. Off paved roads and away from North America 26" wheels make more sense than 700c.
The frame exudes quality and the multitude of brazeons show that someone was thinking when they designed this frame. It was definitely worth the expense and trouble to import. The folks at Thorn were very helpful and made the whole process easy.
When I get the stem in I'll finalize the bar position and cut the steerer accordingly. I'll post more when I have a few hundred KMs under my belt.
Patagonia here I come...=-)