Thorn Sherpa – Final Build


A coach, three flights, a coach and many hours, my Thorn Sherpa arrives, along with me. Thankfully in one piece to the little town of Owaka, Catlins, New Zealand.
Arrival after 3 flights. UK to New Zealand
Some minor superficial damage to the box, apart from that, it’s all in good order. A box over a bag any day! Box vs Bag.Bike ready for rebuild
Reunited.Rebuild frame handlebar
Not too sure how much time I’ll get to cycle her, but knowing I’ve my bicycle with me, that’s enough… you’ll understand!
Frame handlebar wheels seatpost
She slowly comes back to life over the following weeks. I’m here for sometime, so no hurry-me!
Now, I’m able to add the SKS P65 mudguards. Always very finickety to set up the SKS’s, but well worth it in the long run. Excellent fenders.
Tubus Tara front rack
I’d considered a SON dynamo hub, but I’ve perfectly good rims and wheels. My present wheel set was hand-built, so I don’t wish to waste money and I’ll stick with them until they’ve had their day. With the addition then of a Tout-Terrain Plug for USB connectivity.
SIS
The Lezyne pump sits over the Trangia 1 litre bottle, with my trowel attached on the opposite side.
The Trangia is located in a  Bike Buddy MK3. A unique, adjustable bottle cage system, and a cool bit of English kit for the oversized bottle.
XT brakes
I’d contemplated using black Shimano Deore XT brakes, but so glad I went for the silver. Nice addition against the black frame.Thorn Sherpa
Along with the Shimano M520 clipless pedals in silver too, adds a touch of ‘’Je ne sais quoi”!
Shimano M520 pedals
On my previous build Orange P7 I used the Ergon Gp5 grips/bar ends. I found them to be a tad overkill and considering the amount of time I’d used the bend, I’ve opted for the Ergon GS3’s. Quite a weight saving too.
Ergon GS3
Obviously yet to decide on the final height of the steerer!Crank Brothers Cobalt stem
I opted for the 50mm Thorn T-Bar. Keeps the weight nearer to the frame, with the cables tucking in nicely on the stem-side of my Ortlieb bar-bag.
Shimano Pro Riser handlebar
I’ve kept with my eXotic adjustable headset spacers. Ideal for fine height adjustments.
A tourers not a tourer until she’s loaded!
Thorn Sherpa Ortlieb Classic
Perhaps not fully ladened, but stuffed panniers for her piece-to-camera!
Thorn Sherpa rear packing
A new addition to my luggage capabilities is the acquisition of an  Ortlieb Rack Pack – 31 litre medium.
A very simple piece of kit that not only serves as extra storage (tent and sleeping matt) strapping to the Ortlieb Classic panniers, but also an excellent holdall. We like it!
Thorn Sherpa carriers
Trowel for wild/bush camping duties!
Orbit XL II
I’ve complemented the flight-deck with a Bontrager Trip 5W (wireless) computer. Keeps it all nice’n’tidy.
Bontrager Trip 5 wireless computer
All-in-all, I’m chuffed to bits with the way she looks… important!
It’s About The Bike.
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You can click on each photo in this the post for an enhanced Flickr view or the above Flickr slideshow for further photos for this post.
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