Brompton S3L Folding Bike. British built, with a unique fold & an unmatched load capacity. RRP £900, now down to £699 @ Leisure Lakes Bikes (£910 at Evans!)
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Brompton S3L Folding Bike. British built, with a unique fold & an unmatched load capacity. RRP £900, now down to £699 @ Leisure Lakes Bikes (£910 at Evans!)

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Found 15th Jan 2015
I expect this will go cold - but I'm happy to take the hit as this is a superb price on a bike that almost never goes on sale.

Brompton's have the smallest fold of any 16" wheel bike - and a longer wheel base than most other folding bikes too. They also have the biggest load capacity (110kg's). A proper bit of British ingenuity.

They are all hand built in the UK, & retain their value incredibly well

The Brompton S3L Folding Bike rides superbly, is safe, agile and fast, yet folds easily and quickly into a highly-compact and portable package making it ideal for commuting and storing easily at home!

For many, the S Type is the prettiest Brompton, and it certainly is the lightest. The grips, at about 935mm from the ground, are appreciably lower than on the M type, and 50mm further forward, giving a sporty riding position which complements the positive feel of these folding bikes.

Full sized frame
3-Speed
S Type Handlebars
Folded bike dimensions are 585mm high x 545mm long x 270mm wide (23" x 21.5" x 10.6")
The combination of a rigid frame and accurate alignment makes for efficient transmission of your energy and a lively, first-rate ride; countless owners use them on long journeys and for touring and many prefer the ride of a Brompton to that of conventional bikes.

3% Quidco gives £17.48 back on the net price (or £20.97 if they pay on the VAT inc price) if it tracks.
- sylv

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Original Poster

Ownership also gets you access to the 'Brompton World Championships'

& here's the Brompton fold;

http://blueheronbikesberkeley.com/wp-content/uploads/et_temp/BlueHeron-cargo-bikes-slider-brompton-fold-166570_870x350.jpg
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 15th Jan 2015

Very rare to get any discount at all on these fantastic bikes.

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skyman7

Very rare to get any discount at all on these fantastic bikes.



I know. I've been scouring the classified/Gumtree etc for a Brompton. They very rarely dip below £500 second hand (and that is for the single speed variant). To get a brand new one with the 3 speed setup for this price is v.surprising.
Unfortunately for me, I would like one with the 6 gears and the rear luggage carrier....so my personal quest will continue!

The beauty of the Brompton - you can travel with it in a standard airline suitcase. No extra fees, no hassle. & if you are really adventurous, you could even cycle it away from the airport at the other end

youtube.com/watch?v=ZCs1tkdQA3E

I've personally owned a Dahon Speed TR and a P8. Great though they were, the fold just doesn't come close to the Brompton. & it's the convenience of that fold that makes it such a great bit of kit.

Would have jumped on it, literally, but they won't ship to an address other than a store and there are none near me good find

texaspetey

Would have jumped on it, literally, but they won't ship to an address … Would have jumped on it, literally, but they won't ship to an address other than a store and there are none near me good find



I believe Evans might price match, so could be worth giving them a call if there is a store local to you

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For anyone that does own a Brompton, how do the gear ratios on the 3 speed compare to the 6? Does the 3 offer enough range for climbing hills & then keeping up with more conventionally geared bikes on the flat?
Trying to find a 6 speed for this kind of price seems near impossible. & I haven't come close to finding a brand new Brompton at this price!

ship to store only

I have a three speed with different handlebars tho.

Brilliant bike!

I dont think you would need more then three gears unless you regularly climb steep hills - but thats just my perspective its different for every individual.

The bike is very easy to fold/unfold - the quality is very high and i love using mine!

Enjoy your Bromptons!

Had a Brompton for years now & love it. Hot from me!

That is a great price for a Brompton. have some heat from me

I can ever remember seeing a Brompton discounted! Great price.

700 quid for that!
You must be having a
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Original Poster

bigbaz

700 quid for that! You must be having a



Pretty sure I saw a Viking folder for £79 from Sports Direct. Do you want me to dig up the link?

wenttoabetterplace

For anyone that does own a Brompton, how do the gear ratios on the 3 … For anyone that does own a Brompton, how do the gear ratios on the 3 speed compare to the 6? Does the 3 offer enough range for climbing hills & then keeping up with more conventionally geared bikes on the flat?Trying to find a 6 speed for this kind of price seems near impossible. & I haven't come close to finding a brand new Brompton at this price!



I have a 6 speed Brompton, bought second-hand a couple of years ago on Gumtree, and frankly it was a hell of a task finding one that wasn't obviously stolen.

Would I buy a Brompton again, hell yes. It is absolutely superb at what it does. All other folding bikes are utter crap in comparison, but then again, they are not cheap.

As for the 6 speed, personally if I was buying brand new, I would buy a 2 speed not a 3 speed or a 6 speed. The 3 speed adds 0.7KG to the weight over a single speed, which does make a big difference, but the 2 speed only adds 0.2KG and gives a sufficient range for the normal use of a Brompton.

How does the 6 speed compare to a normally geared bike. It doesn't really, which is again why I wouldn't bother with a 6 speed. If you want to see the ratios, there are calculators on the web - bikefix.co.uk/hub…tor

Why cant they produce one with decent sized wheels

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logohigh

Why cant they produce one with decent sized wheels



Fast, agile, stable....and a fold size that allows it to fit into standard airline suitcases.
I for one hope they never build a Brompton with bigger wheels

I use a road bike and took part in Ride London 100 last year. I was passed by a fella riding a Brompton in the race while going through the Richmond Park section oO. No reflection on my ability of course, but he was motoring and certainly turned heads. I've wanted one ever since

Have a 6 speed with the extra low gear option, to be honest I rarely use the hub (the 3) and just use the derailleur type part (the 2), am sure the hub on it's own would be fine unless you are in some super hilly part of the country. I'd pick up a front bag with this, comes with a block anyway, much better than using a rucksack.

Added Quidco information.

Very tempted!

dingo22uk

I use a road bike and took part in Ride London 100 last year. I was … I use a road bike and took part in Ride London 100 last year. I was passed by a fella riding a Brompton in the race while going through the Richmond Park section oO. No reflection on my ability of course, but he was motoring and certainly turned heads. I've wanted one ever since



Same thing happened me ... guy passed me on the local tow path ... I was scooting along on my 29er and suddenly a guy, err, less fit looking than me flew past.
Eventually down the line I passed him, great effort on my part, realised what was going on!
I have hated this person ever since.

I recently took a CPR class....if I see this fool gasping on the tow path one day, because he failed to take proper exercise, I will be sorely tempted to roll his incapacitated body into the canal.

Maybe going a bit too far.

I was impressed.

BulletProofPoet

Had a Brompton for years now & love it. Hot from me!



Yip, fantastic bikes...!!!!!



I have had a Brompton for ten years, great for short trips. I used it a lot a few years ago working shifts, would get a night bus part of the way, unfold my Brompton and cycle 3 miles past some rather dodgy areas, so handy.

One thing i found was mine was a bit too heavy though, think mine was just above "basic" level, is this one particularly light ?
Edited by: "DonkeyKonk" 16th Jan 2015

I've had a couple of Bromptons. They are brilliant for what they do. They are about 10% slower in a straight line than a full size bike, but I catch up a lot of time by being able to fold the bike and store it in my office, rather than having to lock it up, and and remove the lights, so they don't get nicked. There are lighter bikes, but a Brompton is so quick to fold and unfold that you don't have to lug it around much. I've got a T6 with inline skate wheels on the luggage rack, which make it easy to wheel around when its folded. The front bag is really good - it doesn't unbalance the bike, and you can unpack it with the bike half folded.

Other bikes are better off road, faster on the road, and better for carrying loads, but a Brompton is reasonable at everything. I have a variety of other bikes, but I use my Brompton the most.

I've taken it on planes a few times. I've got a cordura fabric bag. I then wrap some cardboard and bubblewrap around the delicate bits. Then when I arrive, I can unpack it, and ride away, rather than having an big, heavy suitcase.

The design looks like it hasn't changed in ages, but when you look closely, there have been loads of detail tweaks and improvements through the years.

Is this the 2014 version?

Had my Brompton for over 18 months, worth every penny of the £1,100 I paid.

How much do these weigh? The specs. page isn't very informative!

Anyone looking to buy should check if their workplace have cycle scheme in place, as you might be able to get a better deal.

Voted hot.

After speaking to them online, I've found out it's the 2013 model and they have sold it this morning so the stock status looks like it is wrong. Shame as Evans won't price match as its a different year.

Original Poster

texaspetey

After speaking to them online, I've found out it's the 2013 model and … After speaking to them online, I've found out it's the 2013 model and they have sold it this morning so the stock status looks like it is wrong. Shame as Evans won't price match as its a different year.



Thanks for the update. They must have a pretty poor stock system as it is still showing in stock and available to order!
& yes, it's a shame it isn't the 2014 model for price matching purposes. Nevertheless, whoever bought it has still bagged themselves a bargain I reckon

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wenttoabetterplace

Thanks for the update. They must have a pretty poor stock system as it is … Thanks for the update. They must have a pretty poor stock system as it is still showing in stock and available to order!& yes, it's a shame it isn't the 2014 model for price matching purposes. Nevertheless, whoever bought it has still bagged themselves a bargain I reckon



Yes I agree - good find

Original Poster

I'm glad I didn't buy the 3 speed in the end, as I've just been to collect a brand new (5 miles of use) 2014 Brompton M6L for £525 from a private seller on Gumtree (full warranty/receipt from Evans etc). It even has the upgraded Marathon tyres & the easy wheel things (as well as the full mudguards).

The gear range is superb (MUCH better than my old Dahon Speed P8)...and it has the extended seat post which means the bike fits me perfectly (no mean feat given that I am 6'3" with long arms!).
Anyway, this is my first Brompton and I am over the moon with it. Now I just need to get myself some luggage systems so I can go touring

For anyone that is wondering whether Bromptons are worth the hype. They are :).
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