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Old 04-12-19, 06:40 AM
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To achieve a compact fold, Brompton utilizes plenty of custom solutions and makes the custom parts actually affordable. You will not get to imitate them by copying just the frame, but need to go down the route of multitude of components and bag add-ons. When I asked 3sixty about some replacement part for Brompton they were offering on AliExpress they said they were just reselling a part by Brompton. At some point to repeat what Brompton is doing at the same level you need to become Brompton. I recall such discussions in the industry in the context of Coca Cola - it might seem that all you need to imitate them is a formula for a drink, but in reality to reproduce their success you need to reproduce the whole infrastructure.
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