Brompton Question

clid61

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I have recently bought a 6 speed . Is there any reason the derailure is virtually horizontal ? As other with less gears are virtually vertical
 

rogerzilla

Legendary Member
Yes, it's mainly to tidy the chain when the bike is folded, and the derailleur function is a srcondary feature. If you add more chain, the arm will run out of travel and the chain will flop about after folding the bike.
 
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clid61

clid61

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Yes, it's mainly to tidy the chain when the bike is folded, and the derailleur function is a srcondary feature. If you add more chain, the arm will run out of travel and the chain will flop about after folding the bike.
Thanks for that , reason I ask is I've put a smaller chain ring on
 

gizmo1994

Active Member
Location
France
Smaller chainring? Did you also take a couple of links out of the chain or buy a chain to match the new chainring size?
 

Tenkaykev

Veteran
Location
Poole
Smaller chainring? Did you also take a couple of links out of the chain or buy a chain to match the new chainring size?
I swapped out the 50 for a 44 on my Brompton. Ran it for a while with the standard chain to see how I got on with it. The chain pensioner took up the slack and there were no issues with it at all. I did eventually remove a couple of links when I decided to keep the 44 on permanently.
 

Tripster

Well-Known Member
Location
North West
Its a clever design. If only they would sort out the plastic gear levers and awful pedals.
pedals easily changed, how many bikes come with those awful plastic pedals, reflectors and a packet of toe straps..... premium bikes no pedals at all.
 

FrankCrank

Professional layabout
If you can afford a couple of grand or so , you can get a CHPT3 Brommie, which comes without mudguards. It does have some titanium parts though, but mudguards just wouldn't do for a collaboration with a TDF stage winner. Wonder if they'll follow this up with a folding TDF type bike. A cynic might say that the way Brommie prices are going, they'll soon cost as much as a TDF bike, but of course, I'm not a cynic :whistle:
 

cougie uk

Senior Member
The Chpt3 has been around for a few years now but in small numbers.

You can still pick up normal Bromptons for 1/3 of the Chpt3 price.

A Brompton without guards just seems silly to me.
 

Tripster

Well-Known Member
Location
North West
The Chpt3 has been around for a few years now but in small numbers.

You can still pick up normal Bromptons for 1/3 of the Chpt3 price.

A Brompton without guards just seems silly to me.
some ridiculous prices on flea bay, £2500 for a black edition, over 3k for a used older model Chpt3 or even £5500 for the new Chpt3 !!!!! Standard Bromptons asking a high price too.
 
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Kell

Über Member
I have recently bought a 6 speed . Is there any reason the derailure is virtually horizontal ? As other with less gears are virtually vertical
It's mostly because what looks like the derailleur isn't really a derailleur. It's a chain tensioner.

The job of actually changing the cogs at the back is done by a chain pusher. If it didn't fold, the one-speed and three-speed versions wouldn't need it at all because the chain doesn't move cogs.



Standard Bromptons asking a high price too.

I've just filled in another Brompton survey and reading between the lines, even with the prices they charge, I think they're looking at moving manufacturing 'offshore' somewhere.

Pretty sure that the last three surveys I've filled in have mentioned something like: How important is to you that the Brompton is built in the UK? And then in another question: Are you prepared to pay more for goods made in the UK?
 
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clid61

clid61

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It's mostly because what looks like the derailleur isn't really a derailleur. It's a chain tensioner.

The job of actually changing the cogs at the back is done by a chain pusher. If it didn't fold, the one-speed and three-speed versions wouldn't need it at all because the chain doesn't move cogs.

Thanks I've now realized that took a few links out and Bingo , sweet :smile:






I've just filled in another Brompton survey and reading between the lines, even with the prices they charge, I think they're looking at moving manufacturing 'offshore' somewhere.

Pretty sure that the last three surveys I've filled in have mentioned something like: How important is to you that the Brompton is built in the UK? And then in another question: Are you prepared to pay more for goods made in the UK?
 
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