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Tyres, Marathon + is the tyre you should use. Anything else will puncture if you are using it for regular town/city use. On a 6 speed, fixing a puncture is a faff. Not difficult, just a bit faffy, and definitely a dirty job. Marathon + tyres are brilliant, I’ve been running them for 4 years and only had one puncture, and that was a drawing pin right through the tyre.
I got my Brompton discounted from Evans about 5 years ago. It was a custom order that someone then decided they didn’t want – result for me 😀Posted 4 years agotobstersMember
And a vote from me on the Marathon Plus tyres too. Do anything you can to protect avoid punctures. I had a six speed, and changing the back wheel with a puncture is something best done infrequently. It seemed to attract dirt, and even of I cleaned it carefully before removing the wheel, I’d still have black filth up to my elbows by the time the wheel was back in place. Great little bikes though, and you hardly lose anything on them if you sell it on.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Loved mine too and passed it on to someone who needed it for its intended purpose. You don’t need a rear rack. Its sole purpose seemed to be to preserve the rear mudguard (which cracks and suffers water ingress.
If I was after another, I’d go S2LX. I had a six speed with 18% gear reduction. The Brompton derailleur is very good, but I think that dinglespeed is the way to go for lightness.
You will need the front luggage block.
I liked the Kevlar Brompton tyres. Light, fast rolling and I did not suffer a lot of punctures (rears are a pain!).Posted 4 years agoLenHankieMember
Use one everyday and can’t speak highly enough of it. S2L here, ( Straight bars, 2 speed) and it’s spot on, unless you live somewhere very hilly. No 3 heavy speed hub gear, so it’s only a few grams more than the single speed and I find the gearing perfect. On the 3 speed, they were: Too spinny/ok but not quite high enough/way too high, whereas on the two speed it’s just one gear for losing everyone off the lights or uphill and another for everything else.
loddrik – Member
What is an H3L?
First letter denotes handle bar style. M=Risers, S=straight/flat, H= Funny H-shaped Jones style riser/drop bars all in one.
I would recommend the standard Brompton tyres actually. They are not much heavier than the Kojaks, roll quite well if you keep them at 100psi and I’ve only had one puncture in two years of commuting. A colleague has the kojaks and punctures every fortnight. As others have said, changing a puncture is a right old faff. Avoid at all costs.
Also recommended – The luggage block and the basic folding basket thing, and a firm suspension rubber at the back if you want to make decent progress without pogo-ing down the road like you are on a Pro-flex.Posted 4 years agoAndyMainMember
If you fancy a buying one second hand, mine’s for sale…
Black M3L with Marathon tyres, plus a mounting block and C-Bag.
I absolutely loved riding it but no longer commute by train and so it hasn’t been ridden for the last year.
You won’t go wrong with buying a Brompton – but do go and try out the different handlebars if you can, I definitely preferred mine.Posted 4 years ago1981mikedMember
I bought an S3L in orange with black extremities in July, cracking bike, use it every day to commute to work and find the 3 gears to be spot on for what I want.
I went for the standard Brompton tyres and they are great, keep them inflated to the recommended 100psi and they roll fine. Can’t recommend Bromton enough.
No discounts to be had I’m afraid. I asked several bike shops and Brompton and they said the demand for the bikes is such that it isn’t necessary, ou may get some accessories thrown in though.
Defo the best bike I have had for years, i enjoy riding it, it’s nice and simple and fuss free, the S (straight) bars are good aswell and look loads better than the Others.Posted 4 years agoPigfaceMember
I loathed the stupid things through blind prejudice, then I got to use one regularly and had my eyes opened. I am 6ft and need the riser bars, my knees would hit the flat bars. Around Cardiff the 3 speed was fine. Bromptons are bloody brilliant.
Want to ride one of bencoopers creations.Posted 4 years agocynic-alMember
I run a Kojak upfront and a Brompton rear – fine for me but I don’t get many punctures on my othehr commuter (Gatorskins).
6-speed is nice for having small jumps between gears & wide range (latter prob overkill for most) but as Flash says 3 speed prob fine for most and 2 only for flat landers. If you ever ended up doing a long ride or tour a 6-speed would be good. Thing about lack of low gears on 2/3 is that honking a Brompton is horrible and tiring – you need to sit and spin. I have an older sram 6, tighter jumps, and like it, but could get away with a 3.
I run an M type with mtb risers – I don’t like the upright position of the std bars, S were too low (I’m 6’1″).
In summary, if you will use it enough and can afford one, get one. They **** all other folding bikes up the ***. I find mine pretty horrible for anything over 5-10 miles, but then I have 2 high end road bikes I am used to.Posted 4 years agoMacavityMember
Brompton cannot cope with demand for their bikes.Posted 4 years agoloraxSubscriber
Another vote for Schwalbe Marathons here (I don’t think they are the plus version) – I had endless punctures on the standard tyres but only one in about 6 years with the Marathons. And I also recommend the 2 speed bike with straight bars – I used to have a 6 speed and the slight gain from the extra gears was more than offset by the extra weight to lug around. Straight bars feel a bit tighter, a more enjoyable ride, and are slightly lighter. If you have to carry it any distance at all while folded you will soon wish you had shaved as much weight off it as possible.
And don’t, whatever you do, buy a lock for it. They are perfect thief fodder so should always be kept with you, never locked up outside.Posted 4 years ago
They **** all other folding bikes up the ***.
Depends what you want – nothing else folds as small or as quickly, but there are compromises. My mods do a lot to address those compromises, but at a price.
But there are lots of other good folders – Birdys and Frogs are not much bigger but have full sus aluminium frames. Airnimals have bigger wheels for speed, or there’s even S&S bikes which are identical to full-size bikes.Posted 4 years agoJonEdwardsMember
It’s a bike I love and loathe in equal measures. Hilarious downhill or in heavy traffic (very nippy handling), will drop almost everything away from teh lights. Awful uphill or into a headwind. Flexier than a flexy thing, and for the price, some of the bespoke parts (brakes, shifter etc) are awful.
However they’re by far the best FOLDING bike, even if they’re not the best folding BIKE.
I bought mine secondhand and it came with M-bars which at 5’10” were way too high, and truly, horribly flexy. At a weedy 10 stone, if I pumped down on them, I could spring the (awful) grips an inch further apart. An S-type stem a flat bar out of the bits box, and a pair of lockons solved that.
Gears – mines a 3. Low is pointless, mid is OK for blasting away from the lights, but spins out too quick. Top is way too high, other than DH. I’d go 2 speed – I believe the sprockets are a standard shimano spline, so you can mix and match your own gearing. The 6 speed is a 3 speed hub (narrower gear spread than the normal 3) with the 2spd derailleur bolted on the end.
Tyre wise I’m running Kojaks I think – silly light skinny things. They work pretty well – have had a couple of flats, but no more than i’d expect from any other tyre.
Mine also has Eezy wheels (great – highly recommended), the firm elastomer (stops it feeling like an early 90s full sus) and spds, cuz the stock brommy pedals are awful if you’re used to proper flats.Posted 4 years ago
The latest brakes are not bad – now they’ve finally stopped using plastic brake levers and gone for proper alloy ones. Other choices – like the gear shifter – are price driven I think.
The 2-Spd (and 6-Spd BWR) sprockets are standard Shimano splines, but there’s not an awful lot the rear mech will cope with so you can’t change more than about 1 tooth from the official tooth count.Posted 4 years agosimon_gSubscriber
2 speed has been OK for me so far, and I live at the top of an 8% hill. It’s like a slightly long geared singlespeed, but with a bail-out gear for hills. Biggest problem with it is not lack of low gears, but I could do with a longer one (sadly can’t go smaller at the back) – on a slight downhill you can spin out, but it won’t be steep enough to keep gaining speed by freewheeling.
It’s over a half a kilo of extra weight to go from 2 speed to 3 (almost as much as the Ti versions save); although only an extra 180g to go from 3 to 6, so if you really want more gears it makes more sense to go for 6 rather than 3.
I like S bars but that’s personal preference – try M/S/H bars and see what you prefer, many Brompton dealers will have all 3 in stock.
Punctures are a complete pain (no QRs, removing the rear wheel means removing a load of other bits) so the Marathon Plus tyres make a lot of sense, even if they don’t roll quite as nicely. Only a small price uplift if you order with them, much cheaper than buying later once you realise the standard ones are a bit crap. No punctures since switching for me.
I resisted the front luggage for ages but it’s actually really good. Still not completely convinced it’s good value but works very well.Posted 4 years ago
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