11 Speed Brompton - A thing of beauty
I went to see the Fudges Cycles Brompton conversion today, an S-Type single speed bike that had been fitted with the new 11 speed Alfine hub. I have to say it is a beautiful piece of work, the rear forks ends come out in a swan neck to accommodate the extra width, very elegant solution, and all for £1599. The had a raw lacqer single speed in stock for £750, so with a three week wait and an extra £850 I could have a dream bike. One thing that concerned me a little was that the hook that keeps the front wheel attached to the rear fork when the bike is folded had been repositioned onto the mudguard stay, which its self was a new item, made of stainless round section, with a kink positioned to take the hook; I sure it works fine, but it just did not seem that robust to me. The Alfine 8 speed option is available for £200 less, but with a gear range of 26" to 108" the 11 speed is the one to covet. I think we have a HPFBS member to thank for the inspiration for this conversion, alas I cant spell his name, or i would ask him to stand up and take a bow. This evening and tomorrow I'm putting everything I own on ebay..........!