Thorn Raven Sterling

thorn 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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  1. Steve Jones
    10th May 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    This describes the bike very well. Just one quick comment. Thorn can build the bike with a rigid steel fork and V brakes if that is what you want, in which case extended expedition touring is quite possible.Heavily loaded expedition touring is another matter and you’d want to consider a stronger frame.It’s already a tough, well built bike though.

  2. Thierry (France)
    24th May 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I don’t think that this photo of the Thorn Sterling is the good one because this is a model built for a Canadian biker “who wanted a bike to ride to work all year round”(read the end of the page 24 of the Thorn’s brochure).
    Take the model of the page 14 (the 2nd one near the bottom), it’ll be nearer of the real model.
    Thank you.

  3. Davey Ryan
    18th September 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I’ve ridden a Sterling for 3 years now, covering over 10,000 miles around Great Britain and Ireland.
    The bike is built up in a similar specification to that in the photograph, with the addition of Hope disc brakes, which makes it an excellent commuter and ideal weekend tourer.
    I use a B.O.B trailer for longer trips, alleviating the problem of “how to attach luggage to those lovely carbon forks?”
    The Sterling is excellent for light touring on trails, limited only by its carrying capacity. For expedition tours however I’d recommend the almost indestructible but amazingly nimble Thorn Nomad.

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