Thorn Nomad MK2

27 01 2010

Thorn's new Nomad MK2

Thorn has revamped their Nomad S&S touring bike by:

  • offering the frame with or without the S&S couplers
  • changing the frame and fork to be compatible with 80-100mm suspension forks
  • offering new colours [gloss yellow and matte black]
  • offering 6 sizes vs. 5 for the Mk1

Here is the Nomad Mk2 brochure in PDF.

My Thorn Nomad S&S MK1

I think having an option for a bike without S&S couplers is a great idea.  I know that it put off a lot of potential buyers who didn’t want the extra cost of a feature they had no intention of using.  I’m not sure how many Nomad MK2 owners will fit a 100mm suspension fork?  The Mk1 frame was offered with an 80mm fork which seems like plenty if you want suspension on your touring bike.  My guess is most Nomad MK1s and MK2s will remain as rigid bikes for simplicity and reliability.

Overall I can’t argue with any of the changes.  They are sensible and will either make people happy or will not cause any issues if you aren’t interested in them.


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27 01 2010
mike

Vik – have I asked this before? What frame bag is that?

27 01 2010
thelazyrando

Yup you have and I answered you…=-) Here is what I said:

“That frame bag is an older version of this one. Works well on quite a few of my bikes including Surly LHT & Pugsley as well as the Thorn Nomad.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441775829&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302693353&bmUID=1258641961415

27 01 2010
StuWW

Hi Vik

I was up at Thorns today and took the yellow Nomad Mk2 pictured above out for a spin!

I have now ordered one (in black!).

3 weeks build time, can’t wait!!

Stu

27 01 2010
gareth

Thorn are great bikes, but have been rather behind the pace in embracing disc brakes I fear. Have recently seen a Tout Terrain bike and was seriously impressed

28 01 2010
StuWW

The new Nomads do have an ISO standard rear disk mount, but Thorn don’t actively promote the use of disks on their bikes or spec an option in their brochure!

28 01 2010
thelazyrando

Gareth that’s just a matter of opinion. I studied the TT bikes carefully and chose the Thorn Nomad S&S over them. I was not particularly impressed by the TT bikes.

As for disc brakes that’s something I don’t want on an expedition touring bike in most cases. If I really did want disc brakes on my Nomad the rear of the frame has disc mounts and I could swap in an 80mm [or 100mm with the new MK2 Nomads] suspension fork or a rigid MTB fork to add them for a particular ride. Something I am not likely to do.

28 01 2010
Gareth

Well of course we are both voicing opinions Vik and thankfully the perfect bike for all situations doesn’t exist – if it did it would take over and the world would become a rather boring place.

Best

Gareth

29 01 2010
sbseven

Hi Vik
FYI, Your link is pointing at the wrong brochure. It should be this one: http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenNomadBroHiRes.pdf

Shaun

29 01 2010
thelazyrando

Thanks Shaun…link corrected.

31 01 2010
alan

are Thorn bikes available in Alberta?

31 01 2010
Vik

Alan…you can order bikes or just frame/forks from the Thorn website. I have only bought frame/forks…they arrived within 5-7 working days. The service has been great and I only pay GST when the bikes show up.

Keep in mind that Thorn website prices include 17% VAT which you will get refunded because you are outside the UK so the price on the website will essentially include shipping and you might even get a bit more off the price.

31 01 2010
gareth

Just out of interest Vik, how much is GST in Alberta – suddenly struck by the idea that British bikes may be cheaper overseas

31 01 2010
thelazyrando

GST = 5%

2 02 2010
mrvinceo

So the frame gets made in the Far East, imported to the UK and then exported to Canada and it is still cheaper there than in the UK.

Ah, we had oil reserves once!

2 02 2010
thelazyrando

Well if it makes you feel better the shipping to Canada is expensive and in many parts if Canada there is sales tax plus GST so the total tax can be 14%+ and a Thorn would end up more expensive than in the UK.

Alberta is a low tax province.

3 02 2010
Thorn Nomad S&S Mk1 Brochure « The Lazy Randonneur

[...] As I posted recently Thorn has released a new version of the Nomad…which will now be known as ….  The Thorn website no longer has a link to the Nomad S&S Mk1 brochure.  So if you are a Nomad Mk1 owner and would like a copy just leave a comment on this post with your email.  I’ll send you a copy for your archives…=-) [...]

16 02 2010
Stu’s Thorn Nomad Mk2 « The Lazy Randonneur

[...] The new Thorn Nomad Mk2’s are starting to show up in the wild.  If you are a fan of such beasts Stu has posted some nice pics of his new build o Flickr here. [...]

24 02 2010
Rob K

Hi Vic,

It just occurred to me that the S&S Couplers might conceivably aid and abet a maliciously bent vandal in running off with half a bike (the other half being chained up to a fixture through the rear diamond.

Not knowing how the coupling system works, am I looking for trouble where none exists??

Cheers

24 02 2010
vik

Rob….while it would be possible for a thief to uncouple a S&S bike it’s highly unlikely they would do so. They’d have to know what the couplers are, have a suitable tool, uncouple the bike, and have some use for the front half only.

Personally I wouldn’t leave a bike worth $4-5K alone for a long time even with a good lock.

If the S&S was a worry a couple lengths of old inner tube slipped over each coupling would make them invisible to almost anyone, but another S&S owner.

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