Brompton has announced its 2019 model of the Brompton X CHPT3. It comes from the brand’s collaboration with former pro-cyclist David Millar and is designed to appeal to weekend roadies who need a bit of encouragement to continue riding in urban settings during the week.
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While it carries a bit more style than its siblings, it’s undeniably recognisable as a BromptonBrompton
The new special edition Brompton X CHPT3 is the brand’s lightest model, a claimed 10.3kg, with a titanium rear frame and fork.
New features include a race-tuned rear suspension block designed by Millar himself, Schwalbe One 35mm tan-wall tyres, Fabric grips and Scoop saddle, and, for the first time on a Brompton, machined hinge and seat clamps.
According to Will Butler-Adams, Brompton CEO, the aim was “to encourage those who climb hills and cover distance at the weekend to keep riding during the week, with a performance bike that fits into the urban world in which so many of us live.”
Brompton X CHPT3 spec highlights
Frame: Steel and titanium
Handlebars: S-type (925mm)
Saddle: Fabric Scoop with Devesa print
Tyres: Schwalbe One tan-wall 35mm
Folded dimensions: 565x585x270mm / 22.2x23x10.6in
A perfect marriage
The Fabric Scoop saddle features a Devesa print pattern, paying homage to Girona, the hometown of CHPT3Brompton
David Millar says of the new bike: “CHPT3 is the perfect collaboration in the sense we bring out the best in each other: Brompton is British engineering at its very best, every bike is built to such incredible tolerances and designed to endure everyday life, with CHPT3 we bring our racing heritage and aesthetic to that solidity, we strip it back and bring it closer to the purity of a racing bike.”
The Fabric Scoop saddle features what the brand calls a Devesa print, and is inspired by Girona, the hometown of CHPT3. “It’s truly a joy to ride,” says Millar, “I dare you not to smile when you ride it.”
Mildred’s a utilitarian cyclist at heart, determined to do everything on two wheels, whether it’s commuting or moving house. Her ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch. Easily won over by steel frames coupled with a 650B/plus tyre combo.