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Old 06-15-09, 01:06 PM   #1
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Brompton S2L

The Brompton S2L (2008?) is said to have a “Brompton Special 2 Speed” gear. It has one 3-speed gear lever on the right hand and another gear lever on the left hand handlebar. Does that mean it is a 6-speed gear?
Please excuse my ignorance - total newcomer to bikes/folding bikes/gears.
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Old 06-15-09, 02:14 PM   #2
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it sounds like you are describing the 6 speed.

Both the 2 and 6 speed bikes use a derailleur operated by the two position lever on the left side of the handle bar. The 6 speed has an extra three position lever on the right hand side of the handlebar that controls the 3-speed internal hub.

The 2 speed bike has two cogs on the rear wheel and the derailleur (lever on left handle bar) is used to change between the 2 gears.

To summarise, if the bike has two gear levers it is a 6-speed. A single gear lever on the left is 2 speed. If it has a single lever on the right it is a 3 speed.
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To summarise, if the bike has two gear levers it is a 6-speed.
Many thanks PDR. The bike does indeed have two gear levers - hence must be a 6-speed.
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The S2L is a two speed. If it were a factory six speed, the model designation would be S6L.

Many retailers are not careful about illustrating their item with the correct picture.

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Well, got my S2L aka S6L today and I'm very, very pleased with it - once I get used to the 16" wheels and get the hang of folding/unfolding . . . Thank god for YouTube demos.
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Congrats, you will soon get used to the fold and probably find that you fold it at every opportunity..... it is just so easy to do.
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Just as well you can't see me - dripping with perspiration - folding/unfolding/folding/unfolding/folding. But I think I've got it. Now off for an early night!
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