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    New Brompton brake lever?

    While checking out the latest Flickr updates for Bromptons I noticed this picture posted yesterday of a new brake lever.


    The New Brompton Brake levers by BROMPTON BIKE FAN, on Flickr

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    About time. The original ones looked terrible.

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    Now if only they would clean up the rest of the cockpit. New grips and shift levers would go a long way. I feel like it would have been nice if they would have had the brake levers provide a mounting point for the shifters to free up some grip area.

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    It looks like the shifter is different as well...see the grey piece next to the trigger?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    The grey piece next to the trigger is the plastic cover to the aluminum bar on top of the retractable banner in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    The grey piece next to the trigger is the plastic cover to the aluminum bar on top of the retractable banner in the background.
    Ah gotcha...good call
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Interesting. It was mentioned a year or so ago in an interview that they were redesigning the brake levers, I was wondering when they when they'd surface.

    This does what it ought to, i.e. moving the pivot away from the hand will increase braking power substantially.
    Not so great for me as I use a gripshift type of shifter.
    Last edited by chagzuki; 08-20-12 at 02:36 AM.

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    The S bend finger stop, was what I gained putting a different lever on..
    so product evolution continues..

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    Brompton changes for 2013.

    I'll repost this here, for those of you not on that "other brompton group"

    Brompton+2013+Range.jpg

    Had a Korean friend do a quick translation ...





    Chain Set

    - Equipped with New Brompton Crank set

    o Crank arm and ring assembly has improved durability

    o Standard 130mm BCD mount, compatible with other chain rings

    o Easily replaceable damaged/used up chain ring

    o Easily replaceable chain guard, with improved durability

    o Made using Thun bottom bracket

    o New BB Taper is JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) approved, achieved weight loss and cost reduction



    Wheels Rims

    - Equipped with Double-wall brompton rim

    o Has wider rim tape than current model

    o Easier tire mount is possible due to wider rim

    o 28 spokes ( 2014 model will have 20 spokes )



    Wheels types

    - Kevlar tire changes

    o Now only available in BLACK

    o Changed Tire logo

    o Changed to 100 PSI, with equal functionality



    Brake Levers

    - Changed to Aluminum Brake lever

    o Ergonomic design enabled easier use of brakes than current model

    o Used higher quality pivot.

    o Newer material and finish



    Grips

    - Grip now in Black colour



    Lighting

    - Optional Shimano Hub Dynamo Lighting upgrade

    o Equipped with Bush & Muller Lyt B LED lamp

    o LED Lamp has 15 Lux brightness (current halogen 17 Lux/ SON has 40 Lux)



    Finishes

    - Newer design applied to Brompton parts

    o Handle bar now Matt finished

    o Penta-Clip in light grey

    o Saddle rail in light grey (same colour as Penta-clip)
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    I was very interested to see in the posting by othermark that the 2014 Brompton wheels will have 20 spokes. Would you have any details of further enhancements planned for 2014? I have a 1996 Brompton and it will need replacing sometime, but it is not desperately urgent. The 2013 enhancements are all features I like and want, and I would hate to buy a 2013 model only to learn that the 2014 model has another basket of much desired features.

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    They have beefed up the rear rim with a rear specific design..

    An Older Mk2 bike with a 20 Spoke wheel passed through my door.

    I guess similar age.. AW3 Hub was stamped '94 .. steel Hub was a pragmatic choice , not top quality.
    certainly not going to have a spoke pull out the hole in a steel flange.

    buying the Light Wheel gets 28 butted Spokes .. and a nicer hub.
    looks like Bike friday got the same hub from X source they ordered 24 holes..

    why do you need 20 hole ?

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    Now they need to update the shifters(regular twistgrips would be nice),brakes(they need to open w/out using a tool),and rear wheel setup(the tensioner needs to be frame mounted like a derailleur). I'm regretting selling the Mezzo and keeping the Brompton.

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    Only time my wheel comes out is for a flat tire , then the QR is not needed..

    easy enough to wait till the wheel is back in, before re inflating the tire.
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    A) Having the wheel reinstalled is a bad time to find out that the tube got pinched,and you now have pull the wheel back out to replace the tube.

    B)You still need two tools to pull the wheel and have loose parts to manage.

    Was actually playing around with my Brompton today and noticed a few other things they should change. The chainstays are too narrow;yes I get that they're trying to compact the fold,but because of this you can't run a 17t or larger cog in the back. Wider stays would also open up the possibilities of running a cassette or discs. The front hook really could be mounted directly to the fork. Again,another hold up for wheel changes. And trying to figure out what that plastic 'wheel' on the back of the brake bolt/reflector mount is for?

    edit: figured out the plastic wheel bumps on the seatpost when folded.
    Last edited by dynaryder; 01-11-13 at 02:56 PM.

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    I agree with those points I also hate the silly front fork bracket why not braze it and offer a clamp on one if it comes off ? I always replace with new tubes. (I dont get many puntures,)
    Back brake miounting is a silly arrangement.
    the 112 mm rear axle limits options.
    Nothing is perfect !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Nothing is perfect !!
    Possibly the wisest words I've read on this forum in a long time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diode100 View Post
    Possibly the wisest words I've read on this forum in a long time
    Yes, it was a perfect post.
    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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    Well friends, you've convinced me that I should hold onto my 1996 Brompton for at least another year. I do actually have a reasonably major problem with it though. I was suffering seat post slippage when riding so I tightened the bolt, and then again and eventually it stopped slipping. It seems I have tightened it so much that the frame is distorted and now the seat pin needs quite an effort to raise it. Hopefully this set-up is on the development list and that new Bromptons have something better than the silly plastic sleeve that isn't robust enough for such an important role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Londa123 View Post
    Well friends, you've convinced me that I should hold onto my 1996 Brompton for at least another year. I do actually have a reasonably major problem with it though. I was suffering seat post slippage when riding so I tightened the bolt, and then again and eventually it stopped slipping. It seems I have tightened it so much that the frame is distorted and now the seat pin needs quite an effort to raise it. Hopefully this set-up is on the development list and that new Bromptons have something better than the silly plastic sleeve that isn't robust enough for such an important role.

    You need a new plastic sleeve proberly. They do wear out.

    Other thing you could do is to get the self locking clip upgrade £24, (expensive for what it is IMO), but it improves the seatpost clamp at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Londa123 View Post
    Well friends, you've convinced me that I should hold onto my 1996 Brompton for at least another year. I do actually have a reasonably major problem with it though. I was suffering seat post slippage when riding so I tightened the bolt, and then again and eventually it stopped slipping. It seems I have tightened it so much that the frame is distorted and now the seat pin needs quite an effort to raise it. Hopefully this set-up is on the development list and that new Bromptons have something better than the silly plastic sleeve that isn't robust enough for such an important role.
    Maybe you should just replace that silly plastic sleeve?? Nothing last forever you know..
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    Proberly need new plastic sleeve, they do wear out.
    One option is to upgrade to the self locking seatpost clamp £24.
    ExpeNsive IMO , but it does have advantage of improving the seatpost clamping.

    Blimely spending a lot of time on Brompton threads lately. Don't tell snauf !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Proberly need new plastic sleeve, they do wear out.
    One option is to upgrade to the self locking seatpost clamp £24.
    ExpeNsive IMO , but it does have advantage of improving the seatpost clamping.

    Blimely spending a lot of time on Brompton threads lately. Don't tell snauf !!
    Snafu has abandoned us again I think..
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    There was a great post 24 August 2012 showing the upgrades for 2013. Does anyone have a similar list for 2014? It seems there is still plenty of scope for improvement.

    In terms of my 1996 Brompton, I have had 2 new plastic seat post sleeves fitted, the problem is the frame is distorted through overtightening. However, I have got used to it now, I just have to oild the seat post every 2 weeks and all is well.

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    I replaced the frame bushing in my old Mk2. 1st I used Gel crazy glue to find it offering no adhesion,
    \then I used hot melt glue , slippedthe plastic bushing in.

    then played the heat *** to the frame till the seat post fit in again. worked fine ..

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