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Danneaux:

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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.

Pavel:
Much thanks Dan!

geocycle:
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!

Neil Jones:
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

mickeg:

--- Quote from: Danneaux on December 31, 2016, 09:21:31 PM ---...
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. ...
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and with dual headlamps.  Interesting.

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