This site gives a history of Cleland Cycles

 1 9 8 2   C l e l a n d     A v e n t u r a

a cross-country bicycle, not a ‘mountain bike’

(in the same way a Trials motorbike is not a Motocross motorbike, or a Mac is not a PC!)

I T ‘ S   O F F I C I A L

Dateline May 28 2016: Marin Museum of Bicycling

It has been determined that a mountain bike is a bicycle with 2″ or larger tires.

 Otis Guy states:

Your story is fascinating but does not qualify for the MBHOF ballot.

The Cleland Aventura 650B Nokia Hakkapeliitta tyres were marked as 54mm/2″ wide. Maybe the MBHOF have a problem when converting from mm to inches?


The original Aventura was conceived before mountain bikes appeared in the UK, and this site tells the story of how the design has evolved.

Click the black tabs above to navigate to the other pages.

It was designed to ride efficiently and reliably cross-country, particularly in soggy UK conditions, in all weathers. It looks different to a ‘typical’ mountain bike because it follows function before form; both do similar things, but in slightly different ways.

For a closer look at any of the illustrations (like the one above), cursor over the image and left-click, left-click again to get a magnifier.

There are loads more photos on the Flickr photostream. Some of these have technical information, anecdotes, ideas etc in the notes underneath, just double-click any image to read them.

For information on the 2016 Cleland Landseer, click here.

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