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For Sale: Red Thorn Mercury Mk 3 Size 55L - 1,800 ONO


The time has come for me to declare my red Mercury 55L as surplus to my requirements as I'm unlikely to ever use it to its full potentional (see for an explanation). It was bought as an ex-demonstrator in July 2020 and is featured on page 2 of the Thorn Touring Bike bible . Since purchase it has been pedalled nearly 8,000 miles including a supported LEJOG. Mechanically it has performed impeccably although I managed to break a nipple on the front wheel during the LEJOG (probably when I hit a nasty pothole which was lurking in the shadows) but this didn't stop me continuing on my way. The Rohloff hub has already had three oil changes and I'll do a further oil change before the bike goes to a new home. At nearly 8,000 miles it's getting bedded in.

The attached photos show the overall current condition of the bike and the original sales info is also attached. There are several paint scrapes but none have exposed bare metal and everything has been touched up to the best of my limited ability (one of these touch-ups is visible on the chain stay in the hub photo). I have removed my customisations and restored the bike to the configuration as received although I did cut down the Thorn handlebars to minimum width in search of comfort with those bars. The bike is currently shod with 48mm Panaracer GravelKing SKs (with tubes) which have clocked up about 2,500 miles. I've also added a pair of MKS Lambda pedals so the bike is ready to use and there are 3 bottle cages in almost matching red.

50mm Marathon Almotion tyres ( about 2,500 miles) and G-One Speed tyres are also available if preferred.

1,800 but I am open to offers. The location is central southern England close to the M4 but I could arrange shipping at cost. More photos available on request.

It's still for sale and I've edited the original posts and lowered the price.


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