Brompton CHPT3 Edition review

A folding bike with road credentials. Is it worth the extra cost?

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £1,990.00 RRP
Brompton CHPT3 Edition

Our review

A stylish, fast Brompton if you can meet the asking price
Pros: Style, light weight, fast tyres
Cons: Cost, that style means no mudguards
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If you could make use of a folding bike but can’t take them seriously, then the CHPT3-edition Brompton could be for you: designed in conjunction with ex-pro David Millar, this stylish upgrade on the London-built folder has all the right credentials.

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It’s essentially a Superlight S6E model (titanium fork and rear triangle, six gears, straight handlebar and no mudguards) with custom touches that include Black Edition components, a signature fire red colourway on the front frame and extra-firm suspension block, Fabric saddle and handlebar grips and stunning tan wall Schwalbe One tyres.

The mark up on a standard Superlight S6E is just over £200. That seems reasonable to us, but is the mark up of around £900 over an all-steel, standard Brompton justifiable?

The CHPT3 is certainly faster. The weight difference created by the titanium fork and rear triangle is noticeable on all inclines, and the fast-rolling Schwalbe Ones fly across the tarmac.

It rides like a Brompton, which means that speed is allied to ultra-responsive handling for perfect traffic-beating city riding, but while the lack of mudguards adds to the cool, for everyday use I would miss the protection they offer.

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There is, however, a fitting point to add a luggage block that allows you to load your bag onto the front of the bike and get it off your back.

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £1990.00
Weight 10.3kg
Brand Brompton

Features

Features Gears: 6-speed (3-speed Sturmey Archer hub gear with 2-speed Brompton derailleur)
Brakes Brompton
Fork Titanium
Frame Steel with titanium rear triangle
Grips/Tape Fabric Slim fire red & black grips
Handlebar S-type
Saddle Fabric Scoop ‘Devesa’
Tyres Schwalbe One tan wall
Wheels Brompton