Brompton x CHPT3 Bike

A Brompton that a die hard roadie would consider, unique and custom built for CHPT3. Stylish, fast and guaranteed to stand out in any city.

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This was the final run of this CHPT3 / Brompton and supply was limited.

A Brompton that a die hard roadie would consider, unique and custom built for CHPT3. Stylish, fast and guaranteed to stand out in any city.

The Brompton design team worked closely with David to put together an aesthetic that would encourage road cyclists to think about Brompton.

A stripped back look; no mudguards or luggage. Attention to detail; premium grips and saddle. Never forgetting to keep everything lightweight; black titanium rear frame and forks, Kojak tyres. A performance Brompton for the city

Incorporating painted titanium rear frame and front fork (the first time for Brompton), along with a number of premium touch points, this bike is designed for road cyclists who value the weight saving of titanium as well as the attention to detail across the other touch points that make it feel special and separate from the crowd.

Stylish, fast and guaranteed to stand out in any city. 

CHPT3's Richard Pearce talks through the design process that brought about the Brompton x CHPT3;

I was there, in a meeting with all the top brass from Brompton ; the CEO, Head Engineer, Marketing Director, Brand Director, Technical Manager and of course David Millar. We were there to discuss the potential of a Brompton x CHPT3 collaboration and what exactly would that be? What would be its purpose and what would it look like?

I’m a Designer and an Architect - so who do I sit next to? After 20+ years in this business, if you want something done, and done the way you think it should be, then you sit next to the Engineer, thats how it is. So, I sat next to Will Carley-Smith, the Head Engineer, the meeting started and we began talking about ‘The Brief'

For me it was simple, the best ideas always are, so I said “We want to make it as light as possible and as fast as possible, and by doing that we’ll end up with not only a beautiful looking bike, but also the best urban bike you can ever imagine”. That was it, CHPT3’s stall was well and truly set out.

Both David and I grew up racing BMX and we we both love the energy and aesthetic you only really get from a BMX, we were quite drawn to this idea of “can we make the Brompton like a BMX? - you know, really fast, agile and bomb-proof.

But then sitting there, talking to WC-S it began to dawn on me that that was exactly what Brompton had been doing for 30+ years. The engineering quality is incredible, the tolerances that they both engineer and manufacture their bikes to, absolutely blew my mind. The fact that they design, prototype and then manufacture something like 85% of all the components in-house is astonishing. And then later that day I got to meet some of the employees and watched them hand braze the frames and build the wheels etc, and my mind was changed - they already have the best ‘Urban BMX’ there is, we just need to take that and make it into the best Performance Brompton available.

So as a Designer, what we do is identify problems and then solve them. We set about looking at a standard Brompton (if there is such a thing) and the first, most obvious gain is to lose weight - so we stripped it of all the elements we felt that someone wanting more performance would accept. So we took the mudguards off, we took away the luggage racks. We swapped out the front fork and rear triangle for the titanium version. All good, we lost quite a few kilo’s. These were easy wins, we then went further, we changed the wheels, we swapped the tubes and tyres for the latest lightweight Schwalbe Kojak boots and in the process, asked Schwalbe to make us some Limited Edition Tan Sidewall tyres, (we just couldn’t get that BMX idea out of our heads). We then replaced the rest of the components with the Brompton Black range, all in the pursuit of making this thing as light as possible. 

We looked at the three contact points and changed the saddle to a Brooks Cambium C15 and chose the low flat handlebar option in order to provide a lower frontal position. The last touch was a custom CHPT3 paint job and of course some BMX style grips.

The end result exceeded our expectations, the Brompton x CHPT3 is light, which means it is both fast and agile whilst retaining all of the existing attributes that make a Brompton, a ‘Brompton!' The bike looks different, it looks refined, elegant and fast, in essence, it looks CHPT3.

Incorporating painted titanium rear frame and front fork (the first time for Brompton), along with a number of premium touch points, this bike is designed for road cyclists who value the weight saving of titanium as well as the attention to detail across the other touch points that make it feel special and separate from the crowd.

 Please note that the Black seat post will require regular cleaning to avoid abrasion on E Version

All Bromptons have a universal fit, so you can ride this bike.

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