H E A D ING
THE BROMPTON WAY
FAST & FUN
CLASSY & CLASSIC
8 B-SPOKE YOUR BROMPTON
CHOOSING A BROMPTON
LONG DISTANCE TRAVELLER
WEIGHING IT ALL UP
TRANSPORTING THE BROMPTON & LUGGAGE 3
THE B R O M P TON WAY The past year has been extraordinary. Among the highlights, an MBE for Andrew Ritchie, the inventor of the Brompton, to go with his Prince Philip Designers Prize; the company received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (for both Innovation and International Trade) as well as the BikeBiz Brand of the Year award from our peers in the industry; and the 5th instalment of the Brompton World Championship, with 750 registered riders, has now become an established part of the (British) racing calendar. The story of the past 12 months is of a company whose future is bound up with its history: there is a Brompton Way of doing things, marrying excellence in design, engineering and manufacturing with a passion for doing it all here in London. Brompton has never followed the easy option, insisting on getting things right rather than getting them easily or first, and that remains our approach. At the heart of the Brompton Way is a belief that designs and innovations should be built to last, just like the bikes themselves. So Bromptons are practical, reliable machines, designed and manufactured with real life, not the showroom, in mind. This total commitment to excellence through the entire product lifecycle has long been cherished by Brompton owners, but it is an approach that is now being recognised more widely for its success and sustainability. We hope this brochure goes some way to showing you why we are different, and why it matters.
PERSONAL TRANSPORT A Brompton will redefine how you see transport. It fits in with you and your journeys, whether you are a city commuter or a global tourer, in a hurry or taking your time. Whether you use public or private transport, or neither, a Brompton allows you to rethink, vary and adapt your journeys at will. A Brompton sets you free from the constraints imposed by the combustion engine, weather, transport systems, bike thieves and other hassles. On trains and buses it tucks into luggage space and it’s easily checked in for commercial flights... in cars, on boats, behind the pilot’s seat of a single-prop, Bromptons are taken on trips as often as they take their owners on journeys. And whether your trip involves other forms of transport or just your bike, when it’s over your Brompton fits in a cupboard, under a desk or in a cloakroom, safe from theft and the elements, ready for your next journey by personal transport. We think you’ll love our bikes, and the independence and freedom that comes with a Brompton. You might even wonder how you ever managed without a bike that tears up the transport rule book and puts you back in charge of your journeys.
THE D E S I G N All Bromptons share the same frame geometry, the result of 35 years of constant innovation and improvement, going back to the first prototypes developed by Andrew Ritchie in his bedroom in 1975. Today, the design process involves more people and complex software, but the goal remains to create the perfect combination of ride quality and compact portability, with neither treated as an afterthought. We also refuse to design obsolescence into our bikes, so practically all innovations are designed to be retrofitted on the tens of thousands of older Bromptons still in daily use. Every Brompton folds down into a small package, little larger than the wheels, in 10 to 20 seconds. The componentry has been designed to suit this unique fold, keeping lights, cables, etc. out of harm’s way and, by folding them in, keeping the chain and gears away from clothing and luggage.With no projections or loose parts, the folded bike carries like a small suitcase; rollers make it easy to stow the bike. Rear suspension is standard and also allows the bike to be ‘parked’. Parked, a Brompton stands on its own, leaving both hands free. Folded, a Brompton automatically stays securely locked together.
OUR FACTORY Our reputation is based on excellence in design, engineering and manufacturing, which is why we do not build bikes for anyone else, and why no one builds bikes for us. We build our bikes to last and to be used – rigorously – on a daily basis, and that takes care and commitment. Every Brompton is built from scratch, under stringent quality controls, in our factory in West London; we don’t just assemble parts manufactured elsewhere. We even make most of the 1,200 parts that go into each Brompton. And for every bike we ship, we know whose work went into each stage of its manufacture. In the context of today’s bike industry, our approach is extraordinarily rare, but it is the only way to ensure the necessary quality on our hand-built bicycles. There are no short cuts to quality and everyone who works here – brazers, assemblers, office staff and engineers alike – all have an overriding commitment to it. We are proud of our attention to detail, of our emphasis on making robust products that simply work. And we all use a Brompton so we know how the bikes should be, and why quality matters.
Just as remarkable as the fold is the Brompton’s ride quality. The frames are made primarily of hightensile steel alloys for strength and stiffness, and tight tolerances in design and manufacturing ensure highly accurate frame-alignment. Excellent frame rigidity ensures that the cyclist’s efforts are efficiently converted into a responsive, quick ride, while a full-sized wheelbase delivers stability at speed.
A Brompton will easily become part of your daily life, but it helps if it is built around your needs. As everyone’s requirements are different, we have developed many options to make your Brompton just right for you and the kind of cycling you intend to do. Ride position, gearing, luggage, Superlight componentry, lighting and other parts can all be selected to suit, and the colour options allow you to personalise it further.
B-SPOKE YOUR BROMPTON MODEL TYPE
CHO O S I N G A B R O M P TON
We call it B-spoke™; our commitment to letting you choose exactly the Brompton you want.
There are three members of the Brompton family – the S, M and P Types; each has distinct handlebars designed for different styles of riding and use. The base bike is a Brompton S1E, fitted with a standard seat pillar and Brompton Kevlar tyres, weighing 10.17kg. The options that follow either add to that base weight (more gears, S Type rear rack), or subtract from it (Superlight frame, Kojak tyres), The straight, low bars of the S Type (grip height 935mm) offer to give the weight of the B-spoked bike.
a sporty ride position and a rigid, lightweight, positive feel. The pay-off is less room for front luggage, but then the S Type was not conceived as a touring bike.
You’ll find the B-spoke options set out over the following pages. You might value the functionality of hub gears and mudguards more than you mind the extra weight; you may prefer the individuality of a rarely-seen colour combination or the practicality of a bike cover or item of luggage; the choices are yours. Designed by you, a B-spoke bike is more likely to give you exactly what you want.
We know that all this choice can be as overwhelming as it is unusual among bike companies; all told, there are some 150 million possible configurations, not counting the luggage options. But there’s really nothing to it, and it will almost certainly enhance your Brompton ownership. Moreover, a B-spoke bike will feature only those components you want so may well be cheaper than a bike your dealer happens to have in stock. And there is absolutely no premium for having a bike “B-spoked”.
The distinctive shape of the M Type’s handlebars has been used on the Brompton since the outset: the ride is more upright (height 1015mm), with excellent control, but a little heavier than the S Type (by 58g). The M Type is the all-rounder in our range, as much at home in the city as on a country lane, and with plenty of room for luggage at the front.
The P Type was designed with the touring cyclist in mind – two positions (height 1033mm and 880mm) offer the rider some variety; the lower angled grips present an aerodynamic profile, the upper grips provide upright control, ideal in traffic. The consequence of this flexibility is weight: the handlebars are 326g heavier than the S Type’s.
There are four options as far as gears go; and each of these can be lowered (or raised) to suit your riding style and terrain.
If you’re not sure where to begin, some staff and friends of Brompton explain their bike choices in the pages that follow the B-spoke options. And our so-called Key Models towards the back show some of our most popular configurations, even if they only offer a glimpse of our full range.
6 speed standard
2 Speed (+188g)
3 Speed (+738g)
6 Speed (+920g)
Light, simple and without clutter, using our special free-hub: for the purist.
One gear for hills and starting off, one for cruising. Based on the unique Brompton derailleur system, with near perfect chainalignment, this is the best set-up for flexibility and portability. All you need for cycling around town.
The BSR [Brompton Standard Range] is an updated version of the classic Sturmey Archer hub in an aluminium alloy shell, three well-spaced gears. These are fully enclosed for reliability, and changing gear couldn’t be simpler; a popular choice for everyday cycling.
The combination of the highlyefficient BWR [Brompton Wide Range] hub with our own derailleur system gives six evenlyspaced gears. Control with the two triggers is easy and, with its low transmission losses and wide range, this multi-gear system is the right choice for touring and for riding in hilly areas.
6 speed -12%
6 speed +8%
3 speed standard
3 speed -12%
3 speed -18%
3 speed +8%
2 speed standard
2 speed -7%
2 speed -19%
1 speed standard
1 speed -7%
1 speed -19%
Gearing in metres: the distance travelled for one revolution of the crank, in each gear, measured in metres. Gearing in inches: (commonly referred to as ‘gear inches’) the diameter of the hypothetical wheel each gear creates. The higher the gear, the larger the diameter (gear inches) of the hypothetical wheel, the further travelled for one revolution of the crank. NB: Lower gears are used for lower speeds and hillier conditions, higher gears are for flatter conditions and higher speeds. For a fuller explanation please refer to our website.
Whether your Brompton will go on big tours or small trips, our colour palette allows you to stamp your personality on your bike. There is of course no weight penalty associated with specifying an individual colour scheme, and opting for “non-standard” colours is kept deliberately affordable.
ALL-STEEL Main Frame MONO
MUDGUARDS & RACK
B-SPOKE YOUR BROMPTON
On a bike with an all-steel frame you can choose either to have it finished in one colour or two, with the extremities and main frame contrasting; the only exception is the Raw Lacquer option, which is only available for the whole frame, not in combination.
Going without mudguards lends the bike a sharper appearance and is also the lightest and least expensive option, but there are drawbacks: the folded bike is not as stable, there’s no pump and of course no protection from any water or dirt on the road.
Version L (+285g)
Equipped with mudguards, essential for non-fair-weather cyclists.
COBALT BLUE RACING GREEN SAGE GREEN
Version R (+430g)
For an all-steel bike the handlebar stem is the same colour as the bike’s extremities; in the case of a Superlight bike, the handlebar stem is the same colour as the bike’s main frame.
Whether or not you have front luggage, a carrier on the bike can be useful.The die-cast aluminium rack comes with shock cords and can easily manage loads of up to 10kg.
DESERT SAND Handlebar Stem
N.B. Please consider the colours employed here as indicative only; colours on a paper form can not match exactly those found on a metal bike.
ORANGE YELLOW APPLE GREEN ARCTIC BLUE RAW LACQUER
On all Bromptons, steel is used for the main frame and handlebar stem. The steel gives rigidity to the vital link between handlebar and pedals, which is the key to good handling. All-steel Bromptons also feature a rear triangle, front fork and seat pillar made of steel.
(-790g to -1050g, depending on Version and seat pillar length) The Superlight option offers significant weight savings and will appeal particularly if you expect to carry the bike regularly. The main savings come from the use of high-strength titanium alloy in place of steel for the rear triangle, front fork, mudguard stays and folding pedal bolt; an anodized aluminium seat pillar, aluminium alloy headset and a superlight front wheel complete the line up. In line with the minimalist approach, no pump is fitted.
The titanium parts on Superlight bikes are not painted, so only one colour choice is possible (for the main frame and handlebar stem).
Brompton offers three seat pillar lengths to ensure the right fit. Aluminium seat pillars are supplied in place of steel versions with Superlight bikes.
Standard Seat Pillar
Raises a saddle up to 995mm from the ground. If your inside leg is more than 33”/84cm, you will almost certainly need a longer seat pillar.
Extended Seat Pillar
(+105g steel; +49g aluminium) Offers an additional 60mm of elevation, though it does leave the saddle correspondingly higher when folded.
Telescopic Seat Pillar
(+364g steel; +241g aluminium) Offers up to 175mm more elevation than a standard pillar yet, when lowered, the saddle projects only 20mm above the folded package.
B-SPOKE YOUR BROMPTON
Brooks B17 Special (+217g) & Brooks B17S Special (+169g)
Sporty, comfortable, practical, this high-quality unisex saddle has been designed by Brompton specifically for our bikes. A moulded grip under the nose facilitates carrying, and the ingenious and incredibly light Brompton Pentaclip allows stepless adjustment of the saddle angle.
This beautiful traditional saddle will give years of comfortable cycling, the leather moulding with time to the rider. Finished with hand-hammered copper rivets, copper rails, and fitted with the Brompton Pentaclip for stepless adjustment, this old favourite is available in men’s and women’s versions.
Our lighting systems are designed for use with our bikes and are safe from damage in the folded package. Any of our lighting options can be fitted to any bike, though fitting a hub dynamo to a Superlight bike will mean the loss of the “extra-light” front wheel.
Battery Lighting (+158g) The LED rear lamp with integral reflectors is designed especially for Brompton and gives a good bright light: this stays fixed to the bike. At the front is the neat yet powerful S-Sun 3-LED lamp, easily removed for folding with a quick-release. Batteries are included.
Shimano Hub Dynamo Lighting
(+446g) Hub dynamos offer a very reliable lighting solution, and this hub dynamo, specifically adapted for the Brompton by Shimano, offers very good performance at a keen price. Features include a Busch & Müller halogen front lamp and a stand light function at the rear.
Our standard tyre is exceptionally free-running, durable yet light. The Kevlar belt under the tread almost eliminates punctures. Finished with reflective sidewalls as standard.
Suspension is important on a small-wheeled bike. Ours is provided by a polyurethane block between the main and rear frames; lightweight and effective, it smoothes out the lumps and bumps en route, while the inherent damping avoids excessive “bounce”. Two levels of resistance are available, to suit body weight and riding style:
Fine for many users, particularly lighter people and those who ride and pedal smoothly.
(+144g) Heavier than the Brompton tyre and noticeably slower, but it offers even better grip and is solidly-built, with a Kevlar belt and a thicker sidewall. Finished with reflective sidewalls.
SON Hub Dynamo Lighting
(-232g) The Kojak is the fastest tyre we’ve ever fitted on the Brompton; light and puncture-resistant (thanks to a RaceGuard strip), a Kevlar bead also allows it to be folded, making it easy to pack as a spare. Finished with reflective sidewalls.
(+236g) The Son hub is beautifully engineered, highly efficient, and will give years of reliable service. This option features a powerful Busch & Müller LED front lamp, an automatic light-sensing function and a stand light function at the front as well as the rear.
Possibly more suitable for those weighing over 80kg, those who cycle more aggressively and those prepared to sacrifice some comfort in return for a more responsive ride.
SHIMANO HUB DYNAMO
SON HUB DYNAMO
FAST & F U N Me & My Brompton S2L-X in Yellow 9.9 kg
S Type with Superlight componentry, two speed, Schwalbe Kojak tyres, Eazy Wheels and battery lights “I love pushing my bike to its limits, whether it’s racing in the Brompton World Championship, powering past the traffic on my morning commute or even having a zip around the mellow ramps of my local park. Coming from a mountain bike background I prefer the flat style handlebar; the firm suspension block gives me the responsiveness I need when I’m on the road.” Rupert, designer from West London, UK
BROMPTON SADDLE 16
S BAG & REMOVABLE FLAP
FIRM SUSPENSION 17
LON G D I S TA N C E T R AV E L LER Me & My Brompton P6R in Desert Sand 11.5kg
P Type, 6 speed, mudguards & rack, Shimano hub dynamo, Brompton Kevlar tyres, all-steel frame â€œNot only do I use my bike for my daily commute, I also take it with me when I go further afield; the beauty of the Brompton is the ease with which you can cover great distances. On the Eurostar and the TGV the bikes nestled beside the rest of our luggage, while on the open road we cruised up and down the hills of the Dordogne with ease; the furthest distance travelled on my bike in one day: 130 km. We were astonished by the capacity of our combined front and rear luggage, 44 litres in total.â€? Kath, marketing executive from South East London, UK
P6R DESERT SAND
RACK SACK 18
CLAS S Y & C LA S S I C Me & My Brompton M3L in Racing Green 11.5kg
M Type, 3 speed, mudguards, Brooks saddle, battery lighting, Brompton Kevlar tyres, all-steel frame “I have become very attached to my Brompton; it makes my life much easier as it enables me to join up the dots of the existing transport system. On top of that, I can take it anywhere, from meetings to concerts; the nifty cover means it can become invisible to all but those in the know. ” Tony, production manager from Beaconsfield, UK
M3L RACING GREEN
BROOKS SADDLE 20
INDE P E N D E N T LY I N D I V I D UAL Me & My Brompton
S6L in Hot Pink and Black 11.4kg S Type, 6 speed, mudguards, Eazy Wheels, Brompton saddle, Battery Lighting, Brompton Kevlar Tyres, allsteel frame. “Getting around the city by bike makes it so much easier to find those cafes and shops that are slightly off the beaten track. I love the way you can personalise your Brompton; I have a Pink and Black S Type that goes perfectly with my Pink and Black O Bag, which keeps all my stuff dry even if I get caught in the rain. I went for Eazy Wheels so I hardly ever have to carry my bike, perfect for those never ending London stations.” Rebecca, press officer from Brixton, UK
S6L HOT PINK & BLACK
BATTERY LIGHTING 22
O BAG 23
WEIG H I N G I T A L L U P For all the options and B-spoke possibilities, the question we are asked most often at bike shows is, “How much do they weigh?” Weight matters; people don’t buy bikes to save on a barbell. But it isn’t everything. Ride quality, alignment, efficiency and reliability are all likely to prove more important in use, yet are often overlooked by a fixation on weight. And the compactness and balance of the folded package is as important as weight in determining how easy a folded bike is to carry. We are constantly striving for new ways to reduce the weight of our bikes – our products are, after all, famous for their portability. But removing weight is not the only concern, and certainly not something we do at all costs. We could incorporate many lightweight materials into our bikes, but those that don’t already feature have been rejected for shortcomings in longevity, reliability or robustness. We want our bikes to stand the test of time, and robustness sometimes simply weighs more. Finally, not all bikes are weighed equally, so treat brochure data with caution... Brompton uses true weights, meaning we weigh our bikes with pedals and wheels/tyres attached; if mudguards are fitted, we weigh those too... We believe that you want to know how much your bike really weighs, not how much it weighs if we remove some parts. P.S. The answer to the question is: “Actual weight depends on model and configuration, but ranges between 9kg to 12.5kg, or 20 to 28lbs.”
KEY MODELS These six bikes offer a snapshot of our full range and are some of our most popular configurations. Each key model is available in all-steel and Superlight spec [-X]. Weights include everything, even the removable battery lights (yes, with batteries in them). KEY MODEL S2L / S2L-X The S Type’s sporty character is complemented by our nimble 2-speed gearing; avoiding hub gears results in a light bike that can handle most journeys. Supplied with mudguards and battery lighting. 10.7kg / 9.8kg S2L TURKISH GREEN & HOT PINK
M3L HOT PINK
M3L-X TURKISH GREEN
P6R HOT PINK & TURKISH GREEN
KEY MODEL M3L / M3L-X The classic Brompton, featuring the BSR Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub; a versatile combination for the all-rounder in our Key Model line up. Supplied with mudguards and battery lighting. 11.5kg / 10.5kg
KEY MODEL P6R / P6R-X With a rear rack for additional luggage and 6 well-spaced gears, more kit means more weight; but the P6R is designed for longer trips, rather than short commutes. Supplied with mudguards, rear rack and Shimano hub dynamo lighting. 12.4kg / 11.5kg 24
COVER & SADDLE BAG
Cover and Saddle Bag (+295g) A cover is often useful, especially on public transport. The zip-up Brompton Cover is quick to fit and remove and can be drawn tight around the base of the bike using its draw cord. The cover comes in a saddle bag for storage.
B Pod (5kg) For those seeking even more protection for their Brompton while travelling, the B Pod offers a rigid moulded EVA shell, with the Brompton strapped securely in place within. Although it cannot be folded down like a B Bag, the B Pod is designed to be as manoeuvrable as a wheeled suitcase, with a telescopic handle and integrated wheels, offering door-todoor portability and a worry-free way to take a Brompton on holiday or business.
B Bag (2.4kg) Made of tough nylon with 5mm padding to give a degree of protection for your Brompton when travelling. The base is reinforced, and has integral castors: there are extra pockets, and it comes with a shoulder strap as well as handles. Packs down flat for storage.
Eazy Wheels (+85g/+43g)
4 tyred rollers (2 when fitted to a Brompton without a rear rack) with industrial bearings allow the folded bike to be smoothly pushed around. A rubber bung in the seat post can be used as a brake to prevent unwanted rolling.
FRONT LUGGAGE Brompton front luggage options are based on our Front Carrier System; luggage is attached via a frame onto a tapered block. It takes a second to attach or release your luggage and the load is attached directly to the main frame, with minimal impact on steering. All volumes include external pockets; dimensions are approximate and external.
Although the Brompton luggage range has found a home in even the most formal of boardrooms, there has long been a demand for a more conventional “work bag”. This attaché case is handmade in the finest traditions of artisanal leatherwork but has a dedicated space for a laptop; ideal both for the city player and the style aficionado.
Capacity approx. 31 litres; dimensions 420w x 300h x 270d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.
S Bag This smaller messenger-style bag has a low profile and plenty of compartments to store the paraphernalia of modern life, as well as a bright lining and waterproof zips, while a removable front panel allows the bags to be personalised with different designs. Capacity 20 litres; dimensions 420w x 260h x 170d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.
This is our simplest item of luggage – a large, open-top container, ideal for shopping. Its shape is maintained by a simple bracing frame which folds flat for storage.
REAR LUGGAGE Although many prefer the “clip-on/clip-off” convenience of our front luggage; the rear rack offers useful additional carriage possibilities, though the contents must obviously be removed before ‘parking’ and folding.
Capacity 24 litres
S BAG FLAP - HOSE FLAP
S BAG & REMOVABLE FLAP
Capacity 25 litres; dimensions 420w x 300h x 170d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.
O Bag Ortlieb, the most respected name in waterproof cycle luggage, created a bag for use exclusively with the Brompton front luggage system. The O Bag features the finish and functionality one expects from Ortlieb and is offered in two colours – all-black and pink and black. Capacity 20 litres; dimensions 500w x 300h x 150d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap, but there’s no need for a rainproof cover.
S Bag Flaps The removable front panel on the S Bag allows the bag to be personalised with different designs. Choose from classic black, a panel made of recycled fire hose by Elvis and Kresse or one of our limited edition vinyl prints.
S BAG FLAP - GRAPHIC FLAP
A messenger-style bag with a Velcro and buckle-fastened flap. A multitude of pockets, finished with water resistant zips, keep those small essentials safe and dry, while a bright lining means an end to searching for small items in the dark recesses of your bag.
Capacity 9 litres; dimensions 420w x 300h x 110d; comes supplied with a leather shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover.
T Bag The successor to the Touring Pannier, this bag boasts considerably more capacity than any other. There is a pocket and a bottle-pouch at the back, a zip-up pocket inside and three elasticated net pockets around the outside to stow things for the ride, as well as a roll-top system with nylon clips for closing.
Brompton luggage is designed to complement our bikes, offering a complete personal transport solution.
LUGGAGE T BAG
Rack Sack With stiffened sides and builtin Velcro straps to secure it, the Rack Sack is purpose-designed for the Brompton rear rack, offering a very secure, shower-proof solution. Capacity 16 litres; comes supplied with a shoulder strap.
Folded size: 585mm wide x 565mm high x 270mm deep Warranty If your bicycle has a manufacturing defect, we will replace the defective part free of charge if we are notified within five years (in the case of the frame) or two years (in the case of other parts) of the date of first purchase of the bicycle. The Brompton is for use on roads and well-made paths. It is not designed for cross-country riding: this can overstress the frame, and the tyres and wheels are unsuitable. For full warranty terms and conditions please refer to the website or your owner’s manual. To activate your warranty please register your bike in the My Brompton section of the Brompton website. Product specifications may be changed; weights and dimensions may vary slightly © 2011 Brompton Bicycle Ltd. Kew Bridge DC, Lionel Road South, Brentford, TW8 9QR tel: + 44 20 8232 8484 www.brompton.co.uk The Brompton name and logos, and the term “B-spoke”, are registered trademarks of Brompton Bicycle Ltd. Thanks to: Models: Ross, Becky, Rupert, Kath, Mark, Cecilie and all the Brompton staff that feature in this brochure. Locations: Look Mum No Hands, London EC1, and Heathrow Airport. Peter Hughes for studio photography www.photoview.biz Anna Batchelor for outdoor photography www.annabatchelor.com Gilles & Cecilie for AD and graphic design www.gillesandcecilie.com Printed by: PrintHouse Corporation on 9Lives Silk 80% recycled FSC Mixed Sources Paper www.printhouse.co.uk Visit www.brompton.co.uk for more information. You can also try a Brompton at your dealer... it’s the only way to see if it’s really as good as we say.
Published on Feb 15, 2011