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Danneaux

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Thorn FAQ page
« on: March 08, 2015, 08:43:41 AM »
Hi All!

Thorn periodically revise their FAQ page, and it is a first stop for those contemplating buying a Thorn or for new owners with questions about their bikes.

The page is categorized into Purchasing, Deliveries and Collection, Visiting Thorn, Customer Service, and Technical Support; the last entry covers many of the more common questions that arise on the Thorn Cycling Forum.

Because the page may change and update from time to time, I'm linking here rather than reproducing content:
http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/faq.html

Further instructional downloads may be found here: http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/downloads.html

Best,

Dan.

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 04:11:43 PM »
Both links "404 Not Found"

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 04:40:17 PM »
Thanks, Doneral!

Updated FAQ link here: http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/faqs
Instructional videos here: http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/specialism-2
Informational downloads here: http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/bikes

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Dan.
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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 09:43:21 PM »
Thanks - all work well now.  :)

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 08:59:14 PM »
the RST brochures don't work.  I've been trying it for months ... with no luck.

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 09:21:31 PM »
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the RST brochures don't work.  I've been trying it for months ... with no luck.
Internet Wayback Machine snapshots for different days are stored on different servers. Sometimes, a server will be down for an extended period (this is one reason for the IWM's current fundraising effort).

If you check for a different snapshot on a different day, you can sometimes access a different server with success. I did just that and got a copy for you:

http://web.archive.org/web/20091229040217/http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenSportTourBroHiRes.pdf

This particular brochure describes not only the production RST, but the Kevin Sayles-built, buyer-spec'd custom variant of the time, then called a Mercury. It also includes photos of Robin Thorn's own Mercury, a stunning bike with gorgeous custom paint and chrome trim.

Enjoy!  :)

If you find a brochure you wish to keep, it is best to download a copy so you'll have it in case that server goes down.  ;)

All the best,

Dan.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2016, 09:33:55 PM by Danneaux »

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 10:41:52 PM »
Much thanks Dan!

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 04:54:58 PM »
Thanks Dan, it is very interesting to read the old RST brochure and the bespoke 26" Mercury which were pitched at the space now occupied by the 700c Mercury. I've been considering one of the new mercury bikes for some time but now realise how similar my RST is in all respects except for wheel size. To get something different I could go for an audax or sell the RST to make way for a Mercury.... Ah, new year and thoughts drift to new bikes! Happy New Year to all!
 

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 10:09:01 AM »
Briiliant!

I remember spending countless hours deciding the spec I wanted for my RST back in 2010, I had the physical brochure but stupidly threw it out.

It looks like the new Mercury is the natural successor the the RST, I sometimes wonder how the two would compare, I'm unaware of anybody on the forum who has had the good fortune of owning or riding both. It looks to me that the main differences are wheel size and redesigned eccentric shell. I think the 700c wheels would roll better and you would be able to opt for lighter rims, not sure how much difference the eccentric shell would make. If I was to buy new now the Mercury would be perfect but the RST has been brilliant. I use mine for commuting year round. I gave it a good clean the other week and it comes up like brand new even though the roads around here are covered with salt. I have replaced most of the nuts and bolts with marine grade stainless which has helped.

I'm fortunate that I have an Audax which is a much lighter, faster bike and great for fast day rides but if I had to only own one bike a rohloff equipped Mercury would be the bike for me.

Neil

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 08:17:53 PM »
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http://web.archive.org/web/20091229040217/http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenSportTourBroHiRes.pdf

This particular brochure describes not only the production RST, but the Kevin Sayles-built, buyer-spec'd custom variant of the time, then called a Mercury. It also includes photos of Robin Thorn's own Mercury, a stunning bike with gorgeous custom paint and chrome trim. ...
and with dual headlamps.  Interesting.

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 09:27:45 PM »
I loved the look of the Custom Mercury at the time but couldn't justify the hefty premium over the RST.

One of the headlamps looks like a Schmidt E6, I had one on a Dawes Super Galaxy and at the time it was about as good as Dynamo lights got but things have moved on over the past few years. My Son Edelux is probably brighter than the two headlights together, apparently the newer version is even better

Neil

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2017, 09:57:24 AM »
Briiliant!

I remember spending countless hours deciding the spec I wanted for my RST back in 2010, I had the physical brochure but stupidly threw it out.

It looks like the new Mercury is the natural successor the the RST, I sometimes wonder how the two would compare, I'm unaware of anybody on the forum who has had the good fortune of owning or riding both. It looks to me that the main differences are wheel size and redesigned eccentric shell. I think the 700c wheels would roll better and you would be able to opt for lighter rims, not sure how much difference the eccentric shell would make. If I was to buy new now the Mercury would be perfect but the RST has been brilliant. I use mine for commuting year round. I gave it a good clean the other week and it comes up like brand new even though the roads around here are covered with salt. I have replaced most of the nuts and bolts with marine grade stainless which has helped.

I'm fortunate that I have an Audax which is a much lighter, faster bike and great for fast day rides but if I had to only own one bike a rohloff equipped Mercury would be the bike for me.

Neil

All very interesting.  I agree that if I could only have one bike now it would be the Mercury, although the price would make me wince!  It would be good to know if someone had ridden both the RST and Mercury to hear of any difference.  Also interested to know that you find the audax lighter and faster -is that in a similar spec to your RST?
 

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Re: Thorn FAQ page
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2017, 12:10:29 AM »
I'm sorry Geocycle I've only just noticed your reply.

Regarding the differences regarding my RST and Audax 853, my RST is kitted out for commuting. It is flat barred, has a Son Dynamo hub on Rigida Grizzly CSS rims, lights and a Thorn Expedition Rear Rack. It is also currently shod with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. The Audax has a Carradice Barley on a Sport Rack and medium weight Mavic rims (319) I think.

At a guess I would think that the RST would be about 3 kilos heavier than the Audax, the drop bars on the Audax also put you in a slightly more aerodynamic riding position too. I reckon on a 50 mile ride I would be around 2-3 mph faster.

One bike isn't better any than the other, they are just better at doing specific things. Maybe a Mercury would be the ideal compromise between the two.

Regards,
Neil