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roadconvert
09-Jan-2010, 07:50 PM
I am a roadie who is considering getting into mountain biking. I am a bit bewildered by the array of bikes available.
I like the idea of a Thorn Sterling, which has a steel frame, and has a Rohloff gear hub, so no exposed derailiuers. This seems to me a good idea. No rear mech to get broken off in a fall, and get covered in crud.
You can also fit steel forks, and turn it into a heavy duty toring bike.
Details of the bike can be found at http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/Thorn_Sterling_hires.pdf

Does anyone out there have a Sterling, and if so what do they think of it?

gorehound
09-Jan-2010, 08:05 PM
Hi roadie.
WTTF.

If you mean this.
http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/ravensterling.html

It looks more like a touring/trekking bike than a mtb.

What sort of budget you looking at?

roadconvert
09-Jan-2010, 08:17 PM
The bike has various versions.
The one I am considering is shown on page 8 of the link
Might be able to stretch to 2000 - 2500

Sleazy_Rider
09-Jan-2010, 08:53 PM
Welcome amigo, good to hear you're getting out of the spandex.
Never seen Thorn bikes before but they do look sweet.
Unusual set up with hub gear & steel frame, not the standard Orange, Trek, Kona, Spesh fair normally rode on but for 2000-2500 you'll end up with a top ride anyway.
The general opinion here is always try before you buy, proper try at that cash, fully set up demo bike for the weekend.
Happy huntin
:D

xendistar
09-Jan-2010, 09:18 PM
I am a roadie who is considering getting into mountain biking. I am a bit bewildered by the array of bikes available.
I like the idea of a Thorn Sterling, which has a steel frame, and has a Rohloff gear hub, so no exposed derailiuers. This seems to me a good idea. No rear mech to get broken off in a fall, and get covered in crud.
You can also fit steel forks, and turn it into a heavy duty toring bike.
Details of the bike can be found at http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/Thorn_Sterling_hires.pdf

Does anyone out there have a Sterling, and if so what do they think of it?



WTTF, Please warn people they are clicking on a 10mb download, not everybody has highspeed broadband.

As suggested, with that budget you should at least get a weekend demo on bikes of your choice. Once tested go for the one you are most comfortable with.

What is your intended area of riding, downhill, trails, jumping??

Tim

Sir_Queuesalot
10-Jan-2010, 01:19 PM
Ten Meg, f'me thought it was taking a long time, glad I read your post while I was waiting, cheers Xendi. I anin't that interested :D