If you are at all interested in bikes, you probably know what a Brompton is. You’ve probably seen it, perched like a shiny little egg in the window of many high-end bike shops. The Brompton was first launched in 1975 in London. For almost 50 years, it has been the most compact folding bike on the market, and it has remained more or less the same.
About 10 years ago, the company announced that it was going to start making an electric motor available. More importantly, the motor would not interfere with the characteristic crease of the bike. Well i finally got the chance to test the new one Electric Brompton, which fulfills this promise. Kind of.
For the past few weeks, I have been driving around my neighborhood, feeling deeply in conflict. He deserves all the distinctions; this is one of the most ingenious bikes I have ever seen. But it’s not very comfortable and the engine is poor. The last S10 sterneron vectors is a better round, but if you see this Brompton in person it will be very hard to resist.
Bite-size electric bike
The Brompton is tiny, even compared to an already small bike like the Vectorsron S10. The two-speed weighs around 30 pounds and folds into a neat bike knot that is just 22 inches high, 23 inches wide, and around 11 inches long. It fits almost invisibly in the smallest room or in the trunk of the car.
The Brompton fold that makes this magic possible, however, caused me a lot of stress for about four to five days. For almost a week, I often found myself staring at a slightly misfit Brompton, having to either start the crease over or unfold over and over again until I could remember the proper sequence. If you are going to use this bike on a crowded subway platform, I recommend that you practice at home first. On the other hand, Tern is keen to say that his bikes can be folded in less than 10 seconds. I don’t always bend it this fast, yet simple and intuitive.
One advantage is that the Brompton has a hook to hold the bike closed when folded, and the seat post also locks the fold in place. It will never open or hit you in the shins or crush your hand when you load it into a car, unlike a tern with its easier to use but less reliable magnetic lock.
The Brompton Electric has a front hub motor. Unlike other e-bikes, which have a large, bulky battery hung from a rack or built into one of the bike’s tubes, the Brompton’s battery and charger are contained in a battery bag that clips onto the front mount.