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Anyone seen one of these with Mixed Reynolds tube types 753 708 653 531

Old 09-27-20, 12:39 PM
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Anyone seen one of these with Mixed Reynolds tube types 753 708 653 531

I found this offered as a replacement decal. Anyone seen a frame this would go on?
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Originally Posted by GMS View Post
I found this offered as a replacement decal. Anyone seen a frame this would go on?
I would guess a Thorn frame. Brand has been around for a while (early 80s?). Off-the-peg and cystom touring frames, some made in-house and at other points contracted out to JRJ and the like, I think. Looks like they are still around, selling Taiwanese-manufactured frames.

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As above, Thorn, they're a UK brand sold through SJS Cycles (who are just up the road from me).

That particular decal/tubeset mix is from a mid-late 90s Thorn Audax Mk1 I think. There may have been other models that used similar but that's the one I've see it on in the flesh several times.

There's an example of a couple here:
https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/352247/

https://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=411628


They pop up for sale here from time to time (normally the nice blue ones!) but are not common and I'd be surprised if you ran into one in the US!
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Thanks amedias . I found SJS Cycles but could not find any reference to the mixed tube bikes. Your link to the Audax helps a lot.
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Thanks amedias . I found SJS Cycles but could not find any reference to the mixed tube bikes. Your link to the Audax helps a lot.
FWIW during that era their frames were being built in the UK, I think they used several different builders but for a time a lot of them were built by Lee Cooper and I *think* that model was one of the ones he built but I'm prepared to be corrected.

It's an older model, they're unlikely to have details still on the site, they also produced lugged Reynolds 531 'Brevet' models which preceded the 'Audax'. For short time there were also some lovely fillet brazed 'Brevet' models which I think directly preceded the 'Audax Mk1', although there was also a Taiwanese welded Reynolds 525 'Brevet' so not sure if that was a normal/posh product division or the beginnings of the move from UK to Taiwan production. There's even some full 853 'Audax' specimens out there too but I don't know if they came before or after the mixed-tubeset model, I think after but not 100% sure.

However the point I was actually going to make is that 'back then' they were still using Reynolds tubesets, where as (all?) their current models are built in the far east to their designs, using Cro-Mo tubesets of their specification. If you read through the details you can get some indication of tube specs for example Thorns '858' tubing is a butted 0.8-0.5-0.8mm Cro-Mo, presumably for the downtube and although it doesn't tell you the whole story with respect to the other tubes it gives an indication of the type of ride and tubeset they're using.

They are still very high quality bikes and world-renowned for their heavy duty touring and expedition bikes which are generally specced with Rohloff hubs and have been used by numerous globe navigators over the years.

The current Audax model is Mk4 now I believe and even has a disc brake option which is somewhat incredible if you've ever had a conversation with Robin Thorn and his (previous) opinions of them!

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