Thorn Nomad S&S For Sale

5 11 2010

Thorn Nomad S&S

Update: Jim bought this frame from me and loves it but determined he needs the next size down.  So he is selling this frame to finance a new frame from Thorn.  If you are interested pls leave a comment on this post and Jim will get back to you.  The frame has less than an extra 500 kind miles on it since I sold it to Jim.

Here is what Jim says:

“I bought this frame in June knowing the frame was a little large for me. I bought the frame from a man who is 180 cm (5 ft 11 inches) high with a higher standover height than I. It fit him just right. I am 174 cm (5 ft 8.5 inches) high with a stand over height of about 83 cm. The bikes reach forward (Eff Top tube of 620) is just a little too long to be able to accommodate me. I thought I could get it to work for me but nope, it is just a too big.

So, I am selling this frame to get the same frame but the CORRECT size. I am absolutely sold on this bike frame. It handles better than anything I have ever ridden. And it fits my needs perfectly. This is a heavy duty steel frame specifically designed for use with the Rohloff hub [although other IGHs will work fine] and built to carry the heaviest loads over the roughest roads in the world. The frame is oversized steel tubing made with Thorn’s proprietary 969 tubeset and features the S&S couplers for easy transport and shipping. Ideal for airline travel. The fork is the same super strong double crown design used on Thorn’s custom EXP expedition bike. The bike can fit 2.25″ tires plus full coverage fenders with room to spare. All the rack brazons are 6 mm for much stronger rack attachment – no more broken bolts. The long wheelbase frame is very stable. The frame is in nearly perfect condition with less than 850 miles of commuting and a few weekend tours on it. As Vik said (the man I bought this frame from), “I’ve had the good fortune to test a lot of touring bikes and this Thorn is burliest most thoughtfully designed touring frame I’ve laid my hands on. It would be ideal for someone planning a long tour who wants to carry the kitchen sink or a Clydesdale tourist who finds typical touring frames too flexy for them.”

Below is my orginal for sale post.  I have updated the details at the bottom [in red].  You will buying the frame directly from Jim.  I am not involved in this sale other than to help Jim get the word out.

Due to cargo bike lust, limited storage space and the fact I have no expedition tours on the books I’ve decided to sell my Thorn Nomad S&S frame so I can fund a CETMA cargo bike.  This is a heavy duty  steel frame specifically designed for use with the Rohloff hub [although other IGHs will work fine] and built to carry the heaviest loads over the roughest roads in the world.

Rohloff specific frame...

The frame is oversized steel tubing made with Thorn’s proprietary 969 tubeset features S&S couplers for easy transport and shipping.  Ideal for airline travel.  The fork is the same super strong double crown design used on Thorn’s custom EXP expedition bike. I’ve really enjoyed riding this frame, but it’s overkill for bombing around on smooth asphalt.  This bike should be ridden fully loaded over a broken road in a remote section of thew Himalyas!

The Thorn Nomad grin...

The bike can fit 2.0″ tires plus full coverage fenders with room to spare.  All the rack brazons are 7mm for much stronger rack attachment – no more broken bolts. The long wheelbase frame is very stable.

The Nomad S&S frame has disc brake tabs on the rear as well and v-brake posts.  It can be run with the included Thorn rigid fork or a short travel suspension fork.

Super clean Rohloff drivetrain...

The frame is in nearly perfect condition with less than 1000kms of commuting and a few weekend tours on it.  I’ve had the good fortune to test a lot of touring bikes and this Thorn is burliest most thoughtfully designed touring frame I’ve laid my hands on.  It would be ideal for someone planning a long tour who wants to carry the kitchen sink or a Clydesdale tourist who finds typical touring frames too flexy for them.

Read all about this frame in Thorn’s Nomad S&S brochure PDF.

I am selling the frame only with the following components [please read carefully]:

  • Thorn Nomad S&S frame and fork
  • matt military green
  • size 562L [eff TT = 620mm, standover = 795mm]
  • S&S coupler and EBB tool
  • FSA Orbit XL-II headset
  • Thorn EBB with square taper BB installed
  • Continental Travel Contact tires [26″ x 1.75″]

Cost is $1225USD

The frame will be carefully packed professionally by Free Flight Bikes in Marrietta Ga.  You will pay actual cost of shipping.

More photos of my Thorn Nomad S&S.


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26 responses

21 05 2010
Peter Mason

I’m 5’11. Is the Thorn you are selling too big?

21 05 2010
thelazyrando

Hi Peter,

I’m 5’11” as well and the bike fits me well.

21 05 2010
reuben

with tires, but no wheels? :)

gotta check and see if this frame will fit my wife. if so, i may be messaging you…

21 05 2010
thelazyrando

Reuben…unless your wife quite tall at 5’11’-6′ the frame will be too big.

21 05 2010
Supp

Dear Vik, does it come with the Rohloff Speedhub? Thanks, Supp.

21 05 2010
thelazyrando

No frame/fork is being sold only with the items listed at the bottom of the post.

22 05 2010
Bryan Beretta

I have serious CETMA lust going on as well.

23 05 2010
Chandra

Hi Vik,
I have a gift for you on my blog, vegetariancyclist.blogspot.com.

Please come check it out!

Peace :)
-Chandra…

24 05 2010
Michael

Hey Vik, maybe you can help. Are you from around Vancouver? I ask because I can not find (on line so far) a local seller of the Thorn Accessory Bar. Was wondering if you know where to buy one here. Thanks.

24 05 2010
thelazyrando

Michael….the only source for these bars I know of is SJS Cycles in the UK.

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/find.asp?cid=BUP1X96BFOZCQA7CPCZXUW25HQ37HVWS

27 05 2010
Dr Jim

Hi Vik,

My name is Jim and I live near Atlanta, GA. I was scanning the LHT site and saw your request about your Thorn. I have a Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 and I love it. It is perfect for here in the states. But over the next few years I will be going to rural India and eventually be staying there extended time. I had been contemplating getting a LHT and getting couplers put on it because of the 26 inch wheel issue. My RMS has 700c wheels. Your Thorn might be just the ticket considering where I will be staying in India.

I am 5’9″, 175-180 lbs with a pant leg of 30 inches. My RMS fits me well with a 50cm top tube. I didn’t understand the measurements on your bike, does it transfer to 56cm? You think this bike might fit me?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

James H. Oppenheim, DC, MPH
opp4baba@bellsouth.net

27 05 2010
thelazyrando

Hi Jim,

the thorn is the ideal bike to take to India – rugged and low maintenance, but I think this frame is likely too big for you. You might be able to make it work, but I think you should pass. I don’t want to sell you something you won’t be happy with.

27 05 2010
Dr Jim

i thought so, but it just sounded sooooo gooood. I have a call in to the guy who usually fits me just to get his call on it, but still I tend to think you are correct.
Love the ride!

Jim

27 05 2010
Vik

Jim…

The main issue would be top tube length as the TT slopes so stand over shouldn’t be an issue. If you used a short stem and swept back bars you may be able to make it work.

Talk to your fit specialist and see what he says…

27 05 2010
Jim

Big travel plans tomorrow, my wife and one of our kids are going to India tomorrow for 4 months+ and I to KC MO for the long weekend. However I put an email to my trusty professional fitter today and I will try to give him a call tomorrow while traveling. I will let you know what he says…..thanks for the feedback.

28 05 2010
Erik

Very nice set-up,

Interested if still for sale. Leaving in June for Europe – but need to check sizing (35″ inseam and 6′)

Erik

28 05 2010
thelazyrando

Hi Erik,

You are a similar size to me so I think the fit will work fine, but have a look at the top tube and stand over heights I provide to be sure.

I am leaving Calgary on Monday until late June. If you feel like you want to buy the frame and need it soon to build up for your tour pls let me know by Sunday so I can pack and ship it to you.

29 05 2010
Jim

Hi Vik,

My bike fitting guy says even though the TT is about as long as they get, this might work. Best thing is for me to get back on the SizeCycle again with the THorn’s geometry dialed in. That is great except that I won’t be back in Atlanta until Tuesday and it sounds as if you are leaving on Monday?

4 06 2010
Thorn Sold – CETMA Ordered… « The Lazy Randonneur

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16 07 2010
Dr Jim

BTW Vik,
I have ordered most of the parts for the Nomad from SJS including the Rohloff. It all should be here in a few weeks……..YEA!

12 11 2010
Dr Jim

Test Test Test

24 02 2011
tyler stegemoller

Hey pretty sure its sold but just wanted to check I spoke with you awhile back about it and now ready to buy something. Thanks

24 02 2011
tyler stegemoller

Hey Jim I forgot to leave my email its tstege@wildmail.com

25 02 2011
thelazyrando

I think it may still be available. Jim has made it work, but may still want to buy a smaller size.

25 02 2011
Dr Jim

Well it is time to WOOP IT UP Tyler. I actually have been thinking about it again this past week. Yep I still have it and I love the whole setup except for the size. In order to get everything to work I have had to use a 50mm stem. That makes the front end a bit to lively for my tastes…..So I am still interested in sizing down like Vik said. You can go ahead an email me and I will send you my Mobile so we can chat if your interested.
Jim

26 02 2011
tyler stegemoller

Hey Jim I tried emailing you not sure if it worked so here is my number and email 317-748-7533 tstege@wildmail.com so if you get a chance get in touch and we can talk. Thanks Tyler

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