Help Me Choose a Brompton Bicycle
Choosing a bike is about making sure it’s right for you. The right fit for your height, and the right style for the riding position you want. Follow this guide to find your perfect Brompton.
There are several range options available to begin your Brompton journey. The best model for you will depend on how you intend to ride the bike and the other features or benefits you are looking for, such as electric-assist, weight, or whether you want details like mudguards, for riding in all weathers.
Every Brompton features the same compact fold and all our bikes are proudly designed, developed and made in London, since 1975.
A Brompton bike is perfect for those that live, work or play in cities: The bike folds up to a third of its size, and weighs on average just 11kg for a standard model, which means a Brompton is suitable to take on all forms of transport – perfect for commuting on trains, popping in the boot of the car and taking out of the city for some fresh air, hailing a taxi when the weather changes or you want to get home late at night.
When folded, a Brompton stays locked together, making an extremely compact package, a little larger than its wheels.
The Brompton Range Explained
Brompton Classic Range
The original all steel city bike. Decades of reengineering from rider feedback, has resulted in the world’s most iconic folding bike.
Choose from our best selling models or custom-build your own from 1000’s of combinations. Choose your handlebar, colour, gearing, components and lighting.
A smart, fast, and reliable way to get around and explore your city. The in-house designed electric motor is powered by a rechargeable battery and can provide 3 levels of pedal assist to suit your riding style. The removable battery means the Brompton Electric remains as compact as ever.
With two handlebar options (M Type or H Type) and gearing options to choose from; 2-speed or 6-speed, there is an e-bike to suit your needs.
Brompton Superlight marries the classic steel mainframe with a titanium rear frame, front fork and other lightweight componentry to deliver high quality performance with excellent portability; the ultimate solution for getting around the city.
Superlight models are available in any of the classic bike combinations, with a titanium front fork and rear frame, for a weight-saving of 750g.
New for 2021 - Cloud Blue
A light, almost pastel shade of blue keeps us thinking of our favourite riding conditions – blue skies with wispy clouds.
On trend and the perfect partner for our Metro range of bags.
A deep navy hue, which delivers style without shouting.
Pairs nicely with the silver componentry and is dark enough to conceal dust and spray from the roads.
Never go out of fashion. Keep things simple with a classic black finish.
Brompton has had a red in the range since the earliest days, and House Red is our latest vintage to continue the tradition.
Not too loud, but the classic tone does enough to stand out when on the streets.
Quintessentially British, with a nostalgic nod to the livery of some of the first racing cars developed in the UK. Understated and stylish, moves seamlessly between town and country.
Our premium finish, with a tinted clear coat, showcasing the best of Brompton brazing skill; leaving raw steel and brass joins visible, yet subtle through a dusky glaze.
Stand out in the crowd with bold Signal Orange.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face on every commute or your latest adventure.
How to Find the Right Brompton Spec for You
A simple naming convention is used for each model. An M6L, for example, has an M type handlebar, is a 6 speed, and is equipped with mudguards (L).
Each option is explained in more detail below.
Choosing Your Handlebar
There are three handlebar types, offering different riding positions for varying heights of rider and styles of riding.
If you’re taller, you generally want your seat and handlebars higher up, if you’re on the shorter side you generally want your seat and handlebars lower.
Everyone will sit on a bike slightly differently, but if you want a sportier posture you’ll want your handle bars lower and if you want a more relaxed posture you’ll want your handle bars higher.
S Type (Low)
Shorter riders will find this a good all round position and taller riders will be in a lower, sporty ride position, which may be preferable if the rider is used to a road bike.
For most riders, this provides an all round, neutral position. Shorter riders will find this offers a more upright, leisurely position and taller riders will find this still gives a slightly sporty position.
H Type (High)
The classic handlebar shape, at an elevated height. Taller riders will find this offers a more neutral position and anyone shorter will feel close to upright, similar in style to a traditional Dutch bike.
Choosing Your Gears
With 3 simple options, the gearing can be tailored to suit the rider and terrain. From first time commuter to scaling alpine climbs, there is a gearing option for everyone.
One gear for hills and setting off from the traffic lights, one for cruising.
Flexible, easy to maintain, and the lightest gearing option.
A robust enclosed hub gear, a great choice for everyday cycling.
The 3 speed adds around 700g to the weight of the bike.
Our most popular choice. The ultimate all-rounder, for those who wish to take longer rides and challenging inclines.
The 6 speed option is around 900g heavier than the 2 speed.
Choosing Your Version
No mudguards or rack. Going without mudguards looks good and is also the lightest and least expensive option.
Need mudguards? We’ve got you covered.
Equipped with mudguards, essential for cycling in all weathers.
Fitted with mudguards and rack.
The die-cast aluminium rack comes with shock cords and can manage loads up to 10kg. The rack design also improves the ability to roll the folded bike without carrying thanks to the rear wheels.
Choosing Your Saddle Height
Every Brompton sold online is fitted with an Extended seatpost, as this fits most riders. Riders with smaller inside leg measurements can still select taller options and use them at a lower setting.
For an inside leg of 84 cm / 33" and under.
Our lightest and shortest seatpost.
For an inside leg of 84 – 89cm / 33 – 35”. Offers an additional 60mm of elevation but leaves the saddle correspondingly higher when folded.
For an inside leg of over 90cm / 35”. Offers up to 175mm more elevation than a standard post but the saddle only projects 20mm above the folded package.