This site gives a history of Cleland Cycles
1 9 8 3 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!)
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 Cleland Landseer, click here.