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    2007 Brompton S6E - Help appraising

    Due to a slightly new career change, I am going to stay without traveling for a little while, so I am considering letting my Brompton go. Since I have been out of the loop for a long while (I know, nobody missed me), I was wondering, how much are S6 Bromptons going for? Mine is Raw Lacquer by the way.

    Thank you for any information.

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    Have a loom on www.ebay.co.uk and if necessary follow it for a while.

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    I'd say 80% of the original purchase price on average excluding the extra paid for the raw lacquer. This might add a bit extra if you take good photos and emphasise its a special finish for any eBay or advert listing.

    Bromptons always have excellent resale value and yours is a more recent model within the last 2 years which always helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    I'd say 80% of the original purchase price on average excluding the extra paid for the raw lacquer. This might add a bit extra if you take good photos and emphasise its a special finish for any eBay or advert listing.

    Bromptons always have excellent resale value and yours is a more recent model within the last 2 years which always helps.
    Generally, I find that premium options don't usually get a very good return relative to the rest of the bike.

    I agree with the earlier post that checking out EBay for selling prices -- note that UK prices might be somewhat different than US prices -- is a good idea.

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    Are you sure you don't want to wait until the economy picks up a bit? Everything is selling slow nowadays. CL listings are up by 20, 30 percent because people need to sell things...

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    Unless you are desperate for the money, I’d suggest keeping the Brompton as it costs nothing and takes up minimal space. You don’t know what your circumstances might be in a few years time.... you may find your folder to be really useful again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdr View Post
    unless you are desperate for the money, i’d suggest keeping the brompton as it costs nothing and takes up minimal space. You don’t know what your circumstances might be in a few years time.... You may find your folder to be really useful again.
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    Yep, you guys are correct, I will keep the Brompton. It is by far my favorite bike, no logical reason to sell it at this point in life.

    Thank you for the feedback.

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    Quick Update: had to let it go. It's on E-Bay (USA) now, I look forward to buy another Brompton when the dynamics of my work change and I can afford another raw Lacquer. I might go after something very similar to what I currently have, but I need aprox US$900.00 to get some career related training within the next 30 days...

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    What a nice lookin bike. You should be able to make $900 easily. Good luck with the auction! and good luck with your career.
    Why buy 10 cheap bikes when one nice one will last longer!

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    Sorry to hear that you have to part with this sweet bike. Are you all done with folders now?

    Looks like there's a lot of interest. Hope you get a good price on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Sorry to hear that you have to part with this sweet bike. Are you all done with folders now?

    Looks like there's a lot of interest. Hope you get a good price on it.
    I'm far from done with folders. Giant halfway, halfway RS, downtube NS, FS, Mini, Merc, Super Merc, Dahon Curve and finally my first Brompton (the black one). I look forward to my next folder, 100% sure it will be a Brompton S-type, with one, three, eight or fourteen speed (yes, Rohloff one day). It will be planned for speed, most likely an S8E. Raw Lacquer? Maybe...maybe the new 2010 finish colors, not sure yet. Any suggestions?

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    It was your bike that inspired me to get the raw lacquer finish for my Brompton.

    I have been following your e-bay auction and reading your comments in response to questions....
    “The Ti model is not available as a raw lacquer finish”
    Hmmm, I think you’re wrong there:


    Photos show my 2009 B-Spoke raw lacquer titanium 2-speed S-type.

    Good luck with the sale.

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    hi PDR, I see you decided to keep the original saddle (you wer talking of a brooks) and stick with 2 speed, is that right?
    it aint the size of your wheels, its the rhythm of you cadence. And I got powergrips too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gringo_gus View Post
    hi PDR, I see you decided to keep the original saddle (you wer talking of a brooks) and stick with 2 speed, is that right?
    My father recently acquired two Brook saddles and he has given me one to fit on my 63’ Moulton.... if I like it as much as I hope I will, I’ll buy a Brooks titanium for my Brompton.

    Regarding the gearing, I am going to leave it as it is. On a normal day I have a mile either end of my train journey. It is when the trains break down that the Brompton really proves useful as I then have to ride anything up to 11 miles. Last timne this happened I was very surprised when I timed myself on the Brompton (56” + 74” gears) against my old Dahon MU SL (31” – 91” gear range) to find my times where virtually identical.

    I am awaiting delivery of a new bike that I will use for fast weekend/pleasure rides rather than commuting

    I will post some photos of the new road rocket and reveal what it is once it arrives

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    Quick Update: had to let it go. It's on E-Bay (USA) now, I look forward to buy another Brompton when the dynamics of my work change and I can afford another raw Lacquer. I might go after something very similar to what I currently have, but I need aprox US$900.00 to get some career related training within the next 30 days...
    I am not as confident as you are when it comes to getting another bike. I am hanging on all my folding bikes-especially my Brompton-until things improve on all fronts for the simple reason I cannot afford to buy another one, even used.

    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    I'm far from done with folders. Giant halfway, halfway RS, downtube NS, FS, Mini, Merc, Super Merc, Dahon Curve and finally my first Brompton (the black one). I look forward to my next folder, 100% sure it will be a Brompton S-type, with one, three, eight or fourteen speed (yes, Rohloff one day). It will be planned for speed, most likely an S8E. Raw Lacquer? Maybe...maybe the new 2010 finish colors, not sure yet. Any suggestions?
    A S8E in Raw Lacquer? A great start in going for a good number of usable gearing with a minimalist direction. Purchasing what only you need upfront will focus on staying on budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by PDR View Post

    Regarding the gearing, I am going to leave it as it is. On a normal day I have a mile either end of my train journey. It is when the trains break down that the Brompton really proves useful as I then have to ride anything up to 11 miles. Last timne this happened I was very surprised when I timed myself on the Brompton (56” + 74” gears) against my old Dahon MU SL (31” – 91” gear range) to find my times where virtually identical.
    All my folders are generally used for short distances only. In an emergency, I do expect and have already done so traveled on all of them (even the simple Brompton) in hilly terrain up to 20 miles one way. I have experienced no problem with the bike's performance and my endurance. Each bike was selected for times such as this. That is why I will not part with them for any reason especially now with the economy as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDR View Post
    It was your bike that inspired me to get the raw lacquer finish for my Brompton.

    I have been following your e-bay auction and reading your comments in response to questions....
    “The Ti model is not available as a raw lacquer finish”
    Hmmm, I think you’re wrong there:
    That's OK. I was trying to say that the Ti parts are not available with the golden brazed parts. Very nice bike by the way, congratulations! As soon as I can't lose 2 pounds off of my body, I'll go Ti for sure!

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    Good luck with the sale 14R! The buyer will be very lucky to get his hands on your Brompton, which is one of the iconic bikes on this forum. Good thing you decided to hang on to your Arkel Tailrider, now that's a cool bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    That's OK. I was trying to say that the Ti parts are not available with the golden brazed parts. Very nice bike by the way, congratulations! As soon as I can't lose 2 pounds off of my body, I'll go Ti for sure!
    Oh, I understand what you where saying now
    Looks as though your Brompton made a good price, well done

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