At the heart of Thorn's Audax is a totally handbuilt Reynolds 853 Conical tubed frame, it's a low-temperature fillet brazed and finished in thick stove enamelled paint. Sealed frame tubes to prevent internal rust. A Reynolds 531 fork, which is thoughtfully contemporary with a threadless 1 1/8" steerer. The compact style frame saves a little weight and produces a slightly stiffer frame with increased standover clearance. Choose from a short or long top tube to suit your riding preference. Custom builds and component upgrades are available too - any Thorn bike is personally built for you.

And as the Thorn website proclaims, it's a faster than average Audax bike: "We have also taken the opportunity to slightly modify the front geometry in favour of a sportier ride... the Audax 853 is still very stable, it still has clearance between shoes and mudguard but now it steers more quickly (compared to the original, ultra-stable Audax Classic)"

Take advantage of Thorn's unique 14 day money back try out scheme, seems like a confident claim. We've already had ours for that long and Dave won't let it out of his sight... Full test to follow soon.

Audax 853 Specification

Frame: Reynolds 853 conical

Fork: Reynolds 531 with mudguard eyelets and dynamo boss

Aheadset: 1 1/8" FSA threadless, sealed stainless steel cartridge bearing

Stem: ITM

Bars: ITM

Tape: Cork

Brakes: Shimano

Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra 10

Front mech: Shimano Ultegra 10, bottom pull

Rear mech: Shimano Ultegra 10, long cage

Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 10 speed, STI, flight deck compatible

Cassette: Shimano HG50, 12-25t

Chain: Shimano Ultegra 10-speed

Cranks: Shimano Ultegra 10 triple crankset with 52x42x30T rings

BB: Shimano Ultegra 10 triple

Pedals: none supplied

Rims: Mavic Open Pro 36H

Hubs: Shimano Deore MTB

Spokes: Stainless DB

Tyres: Continental UltraGatorSkins 700x25c

Saddle: Selle San Marco Rolls

Seat Post: Thorn carbon fibre, 27.2mm

• Sizes: 50.5, 53.5, 56.5, and 59.5 sloping geometry and in long or short top tube options

• Colours: Reb and Blue

• Price: from £1199.99 (c.£1499 as shown with Ultegra 10)

• From: SJS/Thorn - Telephone +44 (0) 1278 441500


FSA steering Ultegra Hollowtech BB Ritchey drop-outs
3 sets of bottle bosses Rolls or your choice Ultegra 10 throughout