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HOW TO CHOOSE A BROMPTON BIKE

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. In just a few short years, their iconic folding bicycle has become the gold standard for cycle commuters and city riders the world over, distinguishable from other folding bikes on the market by eye-catching frame colours and a revolutionary design that allows it to be folded or unfolded in less than 20 seconds.

 

There are lots of options to choose from on a Brompton that can make choosing your perfect foldup bike a little tricky, so here’s everything you need to know 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

Handlebars will change the feel of your Bromtpon 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

S-TYPE

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.

Brompton S-Type handlebars

P-TYPE

With a choice of two positions (height 1033mm and 880mm), H-type handlebars are the perfect compromise between S- and M-type. Ideal for those looking to do longer journeys.

Brompton P-Type handlebars

M-TYPE

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

Brompton M-Type handlebarM

H-TYPE

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 H-type handlebars

Gearing

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 has 6-speed gearing. 

Watch the Video | How to Choose Your Brompton Gears

1-SPEED

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. 

2-SPEED

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

3-SPEED

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

6-SPEED

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 Lime Green, Berry Crush and British Racing Green. 

Lagoon Blue, Red, Racing Green and Ivory and Orange coloured Brompton bikes.

Frame material

There are two frame materials to choose from. 

STEEL

Standard issue. Steel is used on all Brompton's for the main frame and handlebars - ensuring maximum rigidity and strength - and on all-steel models for the rear triangle and front fork too. 

SUPER-LIGHT TITANIUM

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 be carrying your Brompton a lot.

Saddle height

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

STANDARD

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

EXTENDED

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

TELESCOPIC

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

Suspension

Suspension is important on a folding bike as the small wheels don't absorb shock as well as full-sized ones. 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. 

STANDARD

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

FIRM

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. 

Luggage

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

BARBOUR EDITION

Just when we thought Brompton couldn’t possibly top their already outstanding range, they announced that they would be collaborating with Barbour. With M-type handlebar and 6 gears, this model in Gloss Barbour Green and complimented with a Tarras bag.

NICKEL EDITION

One to that really stands out from the crowd. Limited to an initial 2016 run of just 1500 globally, this unique bike is finished with a 50 micron electrolysis nickel plating giving a vivid reflective finish which is accentuated with contrasting black components. Available in steel or superlight versions.

 

 


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