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