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    Got my new Brompton (Raw Lacquer, Lightweight S-Type)

    I picked up my new Brompton last night. It is a 2009 S2L-X, in Raw Lacquer. Lightweight Titanium version with no guards, rack or lights. I bought an S-Type Bag and a bike cover, both seem really well made.

    I waited 10 weeks for this bike.... and now I am VERY HAPPY the bike looks wonderful.


    I was concerned that the new semi matt raw lacquer finish might not look very nice but my fears were unfounded, as I think the frame looks really good.






    Sorry that the photos aren’t that good, I took them indoors this morning (on our venom extraction bench). I will try and get some better photos tomorrow, taken outdoors.
    I chose the 2-speed version of the bike to keep the weight to a minimum... I rode up the hill this morning with ease using the lowest gear, so I think my home-work studying gear inches paid off.
    This bike does feel different to my Dahon MU SL, it certainly feels stiffer and better made. Only done a short distance so far, so I will report my findings once I have put a few miles on it, but so far I’m happy:
    Last edited by PDR; 03-27-09 at 04:26 AM.

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    Delightful!


    I hope you enjoy it big time.
    “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live." - Mark Twain

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    Wow. Breathtaking.

    The saddle must be perfectly horizontal.

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    Your bike is beautiful! I agree, your choice to go 'raw' was a good one!
    Thanks for share'n!

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    Very nice, very nice indeed. I recommend adding some stubby bar ends, they weigh very little and are well worth it for providing an extra hand position - they don't even interfere with the fold.
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    The raw lacquer Brompton is clearly one of the most desirable folders in the market today. IMHO

    Good choice!





    * venom extraction? *

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    Very Tasty! - it really looks superb!
    I'm sure you'll have many good times together!

    Still waiting for my "Titanium Orange"....

    "Venom Extraction??"

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    sweet...now i am drooling...that is one heck of a bike. now i know why...

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    Wow, it's just beautiful!

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    Aaaah, another internet crush bike!
    Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
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    Thanks guys,

    I spent time practising the fold last night (20 plus times) so that I wouldn’t look silly at the railway station this morning certainly takes up less room than the Dahon.
    I’ve already been thinking about fitting stubby bar ends. Might call in the bike shop in the morning to see what they have available.

    Venom extraction..... I am a professional Herpetologist working for a venom research unit. I manage the largest collection of venomous snakes held in the UK and hold the distinction of being the only person licensed to extract venom.

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    Verrrrrrrrry nice.

    tcs
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    The raw lacquer Brompton is clearly one of the most desirable folders in the market today. IMHO

    Good choice!




    +1111111111 Sweet ride you have there, raw laquer next on my list!!!

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    me too. this is next on my list. i saw one guy holding his folded brompton inside the bus i am riding in and you can see my envious eyes staring at that bike and am not blinking.....

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    Congrats! Great pix. The last pix almost looks like the Brommie is floating on air (w/a white background). Thanks.

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    I gotta get me one of those! Just as soon as the economic recovery starts showing up. I figure I may be waiting a while, though :-(

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    so what bits are titanium? and how much does it actually weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrian View Post
    Very nice, very nice indeed. I recommend adding some stubby bar ends, they weigh very little and are well worth it for providing an extra hand position - they don't even interfere with the fold.
    +1 on the bar ends. While it does take some fiddling to get the stubbies adjusted right (they need to clear both the wheel and the ground in the folded position), the end result is well worth it.

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    bar ends

    Small Titec bar ends £9.99 fit nicely on mine.
    No mudguards on yours - brave.
    It does look nice tho. Enjoy.

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    I took the Brompton for a ride around Chester this afternoon. I found the riding position really comfortable for me. I was expecting it to be more twitchy compared to my 20” wheeled Dahon, but the Brompton handles very well and if anything I’d say it is even better that the Dahon.

    The new saddle seems fine so far (I only did about 4 miles). I have criticised the look of the brake levers and the gear shifter in the past..... but they do work well. The brakes are better than I was expecting. The bike rode really smoothly with no rattles or squeaks. The overall feel is a lot more sturdy than my Dahon MU SL which is flexible by comparison.

    The gear range isn’t as wide as my Dahon, but I found the two speed good enough for what I need.

    I took it with me into 4 different shops without any bother (I did use the cover in one store).

    I have just weighed the Dahon and Brompton using the bathroom scales and there is only about 200g between the two. The Dahon MU SL weighs 9 Kg (with peddles) and the Brompton 9.2 Kg.

    Regarding mudguards, I really think that they spoil the look of a bike. In over 18 months of using folding bikes I have only be caught out in heavy rain on 3 or 4 occasions so it is not worth fitting ugly mud guards.

    The more that I look at this Brompton, the more I realise what a marvellous feat of engineering it really is.

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    Drool... I have my 2009 S1E in Raw lacquer on the way. It's good to see the new finish on a production bike.

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    I LOve your venomous Brommy

    I have a black one but only because there is no way
    I had the patience to wait for that raw color you got
    IT IS GORGEOUS !!
    I used to keep 90-something specimens of
    arboreal pit vipers so you had be curious with that remark
    things are strictly non venomous here tho
    and your pic btw look great
    thanks so much for posting. that is a fantastic looking bike !

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    Wow, nice bike. I'm jealous.

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    I'm visually making love to your Brompton right now.
    Ride what you like. Ride in what you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KitN View Post
    I'm visually making love to your Brompton right now.
    Eeeeeeeww!

    Too much information!

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