Thorn Raven Sterling
Price: From £2,200 (about $3,200 U.S. depending on exchange rates).
Specs: This is a versatile 26″ bike that bridges the gap between mountain bikes and touring bikes. You get a steel frame, hydraulic disc brakes, front suspension and clearance for some really wide tyres and, of course, a Rohloff Hub.
Who has used it: Bike Radar review
Upsides: Great if you’re into mountain biking, with the need to fit very fat tyres, and also want to do some touring on the same bike.
Downsides: This is a compromise between a mountain and a touring bike. It’s not designed for heavily loaded expedition touring over a long time period, nor are the disc brakes and suspension (more difficult to maintain / fix) good for extended touring in places where well stocked bike shops are rare. Like any Thorn, the lead time to make this bike can be long – over 2 months in peak season.
For more information: Thorn Website
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