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an off-road bicycle, not a ‘mountain bike’

(in the same way a Trials motorbike is not a Motocross motorbike)


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

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

It was designed to ride efficiently and reliably cross-country in the UK, in all weather conditions. It looks different to a ‘typical’ mountain bike, mainly 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.

The Cleland concept is not a design consigned to history; the latest prototype is currently being designed and built. You can follow the process here.

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