Bike Friday is an exception, you can order it from the factory and when completed , they ship it to your door.
though they have some dealers , in other countries the dealer sorts out all the applicable VAT,
Customs and import duties .
IDK what margin they offer dealers to have them in shops.
Not to mention Portland offer various grip and seat options and Dynamo hub lighting that isn't offered here. Checking the local forums seems - so far - to show that no one here offers dynamo hubs.
Even adding a top end Shimano dynamo hub I'm still saving about US$250. Of course, that would be eaten up by a further 7% GST charge and US$140 to ship it in.
By far the biggest downside would be the wait - more than 2 months from the day I order.
Another shout out to Clever Cycles of Portland. My wife and I bought our Bromptons from them. Shipped to California. Good service. Bikes arrived well packaged and tuned well. Six speeds with Dynos.
After everything is added up, the Portland Brompton would be exactly the same price as a Singapore Brompton EXCEPT for the additional "Shimano Dynamo Hub, Premium Cyo T Senso Plus front, standlight rear" worth US$253.00.
So basically... a 2+ months wait for a "free" Hub Dynamo + Lights. Otherwise, I'd have to import and have them installed at additional costs, likely US$250-350 more.
Worth the wait?
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Is there some secret I'm missing out on? Seems like Brompton wheels come in 28H but almost all Hub Dynamos advertised are either 32H or 36H.
Why is that?
Do the wheels get changed when I order a dynamo hub with the brompton? Or do they have special access to 28H dynamo hubs?
I wanted the raw laquer, but had no choice.
My wife actually ordered the bike as and engagement present, she chose the bright orange.
The bike was actually delayed, and we ended up waiting 9 months (the bike shop (curbside) said they ran out of titanium supplies for that year?... not sure whether I can buy that excuse... and that my bike was the last of the titaniums for 2009 though delivered in mid 2010). Brompton ended up giving me an A bag and free carrier block as compensation for the delay.
I think the raw laquer looks AWESOME! But at least I won't get run over on my bright orange brommie...
Yes, I agree that the raw lacquer finish looks awesome. I was tempted by its beauty until I saw my red and white. I don't think you will get run over by your bright orange Brommie either. That's my wife's favorite color. Gotta get it for her one day soon -- well as soon as my wallet fattens up some .
"It's best to remain silent and be thought the fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt" -- Mark Twain
When I was trying to choose my color, I was originally wanting a white one, but Clever Cycles only had some sage green, pink and black ones in stock the weekend we were visiting Portland. I will admit that during the "Build Your Brompton" tools, I went through the rainbow of color combos I would have chosen, but decided that over the years, my color preferences would change, so I landed on a timeless white.
But there in the corner was a raw lacquer one and it looked gorgeous in person. Forget the price premium for a non-color, I needed the raw lacquer! The brazing and non-color of the raw steel just added to the design of the Brompton itself...I had to have it.
Congrats on your new Brompton!
2012 Brompton H6L raw lacquer, hub dynamo lights, eazy wheels, C + Mini O bag, Ergon GP-1 biokork S grip shift, Lightweights spoke reflectors, Saddle Adapter pin.
Must be just me, but I fail to see the appeal of raw lacquer, especially when the practical side of me tells me it needs more care and attention than normal.
It looks good, but good enough for the extra $$? I just can't see it However, given how many people have swooned over it, I'm sure I'm missing something lol. Or maybe I just have to see it in person o.O
One thing I have to give Brompton credit for is the ability to choose the colour/s of your bike. Here are mine and my wife's Bromptons. They look slightly different as they have Brooks saddles and Ergon grips but you can get the idea of colour.
I got a free used white brompton with a very expensive haircut!
Dual drive Mezzo (GOLD), Dual Drive Mezzo with bullbars (black), White Brompton thingy with Dahon Androes stem and bull bars. Birdie (old sytle) 7 speed. Downtube NS8. Birdie red.
Reminder : Giro d Italia Winner wears the Pink Jersey , daily GC, or final podium.
My friend was pushing me to get pink, though I think it was so he could laugh at me lol.
I went to Clever Cycles completely decided on British Green - then I saw the raw lacquer and that's all I wanted.
Well worth the extra $$, at least to me.