Thorn Cycles

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A Thorn "Nomad" touring bike in the Spanish pyrenees

Thorn Cycles is a British manufacturer of bicycles based in Bridgwater, Somerset. They specialise in tandems, touring and randonneuring cycles, with their frames manufactured in Taiwan.


They have recently become well known for their Raven series of cycles equipped with Rohloff hub gears. These include the Raven Tour expedition tourer, the Sport Tour fast tourer, Sterling mountain bikes and recently the Raven Twin tandem.

The business began under the name St John Street Cycles in 1984 when Robin Thorn took over a traditional bicycle and toy shop in St John Street, Bridgwater. They began selling their own cycles in the 1990s under the 'THORN' brand. Thorn Cycles Ltd was registered as a limited company in 2000. St John Street Cycles remains as a trading name for the retail arm of the business. [1]

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  1. 'About Thorn' section of Thorn Sherpa brochure Archived 12 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine , Issue 2, January 2009. Accessed 14 March 2009.