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Re: Thorn frame and forks.
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2021, 10:03:19 PM »
It looks like an XTC classic frame to me. Same as mine, which can be found on the members gallery.
You're right it does and the colour of yours makes me smile.  Hope you've had some pleasant miles on it, must draw some comments.
Would I be right in thinking the XTC's would have had shorter chainstays than the more touring orientated models? Maybe that might confirm it.

The original XTC was lugged and was intended as a lighter- allround touring bike ( as opposed to the heavy duty offerings available in the shape of the Nomad and later EXP ) The XTC had a great review in Cycling Plus and sales took off. The lugless fillet brazed XTC soon followed with a tweaked geometry with slightly longer chainstays and clearances to allow fatter tyres. ( These frames were made by LA cycles to help meet the rise in demand ) The XTC SWB ( Short Wheelbase ) was introduced ( and made on site in Bridgwater ) which, as the name suggests had a tight sportier geometry and lighter forks with no Low rider rack bosses and had a lugged construction. These frames were all Reynolds 725, though later the Fillet brazed XTC was upgraded to Reynolds 853.


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Re: Thorn frame and forks.
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2021, 10:04:27 PM »
Yes I think your right, my frame looks just like this one, although in boring black :-)))).