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From handlebars to gearing and saddle height – here’s everything you need to know to choose your perfect folding bike

Brompton is unquestionably one of the coolest bike brands about. From humble beginnings in the South Kensington flat of founder Andrew Ritchie, Brompton has grown into a global company with nearly 1,500 dealers worldwide and stores in eight countries; their iconic folding bicycle the gold standard for cycle commuters and city riders the world over.


Aside from an eye-catching range of colours and revolutionary design, allowing the bike to be folded or unfolded in less than 20 seconds, what really sets a Brompton apart from the rest of the pack is the range of options available to you: handlebars, gearing, saddle height and suspension can all be configured to suit your specific riding needs. Brilliant, yes. But with so many variations, how do you go about choosing your perfect foldup bike?


Well, fear not. Here’s everything you need to know about before you buy…

Why buy Brompton?

Brompton’s commitment to quality can be seen at every stage of the production process, from the large in-house team of engineers working to constantly improve the design, through to the skilled craftsmen who hand braze, assemble and check each bike.

Watch the Video | How a Brompton is made


Handlebars will change the feel of your Brompton more than any other feature. Suitability varies depending on the type of riding you're doing, so take a moment to consider the options. When shopping, pay special attention to the first character of the model name as this describes the type of handlebar fitted. For example, an S6L model is fitted with S-type handlebars.

Watch the Video | Choosing Your Brompton Handlebars


The lower grip height (935mm) and flat-bar design of S-type handlebars will suit those who favour a sporty ride position similar to that of a traditional road bike.


The original Brompton 'look'. M-type handlebars offer a comfortable, upright riding position with plenty of room for front luggage. 


Shaped like M-type bars, but with an extra height of 59cm, the upright riding position of H-type handlebars won't do anything for your aerodynamics, but they sure do look good.


Brompton offers a choice of four gearings to suit different terrains. When shopping, gearing is represented as the second character of a model number, so an S6L bike is equipped with 6-speed gearing. 

Watch the Video | How to Choose Your Brompton Gears


No faff, no fuss, and not a lot to go wrong. All you have to do is concentrate on keeping those legs turning, though you may struggle on steep hills. 


Using Brompton's unique derailleur system for near perfect chain-alignment, a second gear makes for easy cruising. 


A robust, fully enclosed gear-hub with three well-spaced gears. Perfect for middle to long distance commutes in mildly hilly areas. 


Paired with Brompton's purpose-built derailleur system, their wide-range gear hub offers six evenly-spaced gears. Ideal for the touring cyclist looking to ride long distances over very hilly terrain. 

Main frame colour

Choose from over dozen colours including Hot Pink, Water Blue and British Racing Green. 

Frame material

There are two frame materials to choose from. 


Standard issue on touring bikes because of its excellent vibration dampening properties - steel is used to make the handlebars and frame of nearly all Brompton bikes, ensuring maximum rigidity and strength.



The high-strength titanium alloy used in place of steel for the rear triangle, front fork and mudguard stays means the bike weighs almost 1kg less than standard all-steel models. A great choice if you expect to spend a lot of tie carrying your Brompton.

Saddle height

The saddle height will impact both comfort and performance. Make sure you select the right height for your measurements.


Brompton's lightest and shortest seatpost. Built for someone with an inside leg of 33''/84cm and under.


For an inside leg of 33 - 35''/84 - 89cm. The added length means that the saddle protrudes an extra 60mm when folded. 


For an inside leg of over 35''/90cm; you've got to be super tall to ride telescopic. 


The suspension is massively important on a folding bike because the small wheels don't absorb shock as well as those on a regular bike. Bromptons use a polyurethane block between the main and rear frame, which eats up lumps and bumps on the road without giving an overly bouncy ride. 


Catering for riders of up to 180lbs, Brompton's standard suspension block gives a smooth and comfortable ride.


For riders of 190lbs+ and those looking to maximise their power transfer and ride faster. If you're used to riding a standard road bike this is probably the right choice for you. 


Brompton offers a large range of eye-catching panniers and saddle bags, many of which double as a stylish shoulder pack. Here are some of our favourites…

Special editions


The Brompton electric bikes are the work of a £200,000 grant and Williams F1 engineers. Without sacrificing any of the iconic design, they’ve added a 2.9kg detachable battery that will give you a handy assist for up to 45 miles.


Embracing night-time in the city, Brompton have released a range with black components rather than the standard silver. Available in S, M and H Types with 2 and 6 speed gear options and Black, Turkish Green, Orange and Premium Black Lacquer frames.


A one-off super-affordable Brompton to give you a taste of the folding lifestyle. It comes with the M-Type handlebars and 3-speed gearing in Water Blue and can be yours for just £745.


Brompton are dedicated to giving you a bike that meets your exact specifications. That’s why their models come with a premium version, so you can get every inch of life out of the iconic design. Go premium to unlock a host of special lacquer colour choices.



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