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Brompton launches adventurous new Explore edition

5 Sep 2019
Verdict:

Small enough to sneak on the train, tough enough to take on the trails

London-based bike maker Brompton has unveiled a new model optimised for adventure riding. Sold with a new 28-litre roll-top bag containing an expansive range of spares, and fitted with low-ratio 6-speed gearing, the bike is designed to be a diminutive exploration vehicle.

Based around the brand’s more upright M or H Type models to provide comfort on longer rides, in the interests of durability it does without mudguards.

Brompton’s practical folding bikes have long been proved capable of more than commuting between home and train station.

Pedalled around the world by Heinz Stucke and even ridden at the South Pole, this latest model has been tested by micro-adventure specialist Alastair Humphreys.

Likely hoping to boost interest in using its bikes outside of the Monday-to-Friday grind, he took the latest model on a very on-trend packrafting trip around the Scottish Highlands.

Further pushing this idea, given away with the bike is the brand’s new Explore book which includes Brompton’s Escape Guides with routes out of major cities to help riders plan their next expedition.

Retailing from £1,525, the bike also comes with enough spares to keep it rolling through the toughest of conditions. These include two inner tubes, spare spokes, a chain link, two sets of pads, gear and brake cables, and a folding Schwalbe Marathon Racer folding tyre.

Also bundled with a Brompton toolkit and pump, like a fully-equipped Landrover, the package might also prove popular with commuters wanting to project a more rugged image while pootling to the office.