- Used Brompton prices
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I am looking at sold prices on eBay for used Bromptons and am assuming there’s a waiting list for new, as nearly new ones seem to be going for not much less. Or is it because bidders get carried away, or don’t know any different.
There’s a few on Gumtree but again not much less than new.
I have seen a few pop up on here, does the price just depend on how fast the seller wants a deal? The last Brompton I bought was almost brand new and below 500, but that was 6 years ago.
Apart from gummy, eBay and here where do good used Bromptons get advertised? And what do they go for, I would get a titanium at the right money.Posted 3 years ago
Cheap Bromptons are almost always wrecked – because the frames tend to last for ever, people can sometimes run them into the ground and reach a point where the frame is okay but every component is worn out.
If I see a very cheap Brompton, I tend to assume it’s stolen or there’s something wrong with it. They just don’t depreciate the way MTBs do.Posted 3 years ago
The cranks are made by Stronglight, the hubs are good, the rims are hard wearing, the new brake levers are less flexy than the old ones, the dual pivot brakes are good. I ride my Brompton pretty much every working day between 10-30 miles. It’s 5 years old, I’ve just replaced the wheels this year – I’ve seen some people on here complaining that they need to replace their commute bike wheels every year….Posted 3 years ago
…I don’t buy the “cheap parts” thing.bearnecessitiesSubscriber
This just popped up on eBay and seems good for the price (I’m not an expert though).Posted 3 years agoAndyMember
OP I would:
Research and decide the model and age I want.Posted 3 years ago
Do an ebay search on Newly Listed models of that type near you at least once a day (and check Gumtree).
When one comes up that suits, check the seller is legit, get the frame number and check that. Offer the seller cash on collection out of ebay.
Go and collect.CaptainFlashheartMember
Re waiting list – No. I was in a branch of Cycle Surgery in That London’s Famous City of Westminster the other day and they had upwards of 20 Bromptons built up and on the shop floor. Given the other branches they have, there would be 100+ available from stock within a couple of days, at most.
My LBS usually has five to ten built up and on the shop floor in the wilds of Wiltshire.
So, if one of those fits your chosen spec, there’s almost no waiting list.
Granted, if you want something bespoke, colours, etc, then yes, you have to wait for it be built.Posted 3 years agocozzMember
couple of years back I bought a 2 speed one for my wife, to see if she would use it to get to the bus in the morning (about 1.5 mile) and about 1 mile at other end
she loved it, paid £500 (wish ) second hand
then got a email list of clearance bikes from edinburgh bike coop, listed a 2 speed last years model ex display (slight mark on chain stay) brompton in bright pink – £610
so bought that, and sold the first one for what id paidPosted 3 years agochewkwMember
Me colleague just bought one 3 months ago costing him £1.4K plus – six speeds, rear rack, upgrade tires, Brooks saddle with custom blue colour. The ride is good based on my experience of test riding his bike, but now his Brooks saddle front side has twisted to one side not sure why.
Saw the 2016 or 2017 version with new “plasticky” gear shifters, which look fine but not sure about the durability.Posted 3 years ago
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