Brompton

Bromptons are great – and from the factory they’re perfect for what they’re designed for, short journeys around the city.

But the Brompton design is capable of a lot more, with some modifications it can become the ultimate folding bike! Think of it like what Cooper did for the Mini – taking a very good bike, and improving it a bit…

I make a bunch of kits that can be bolted on to your existing Brompton to improve the gearing and brakes, or I can custom-build you a Brompton from scratch.

  • If you want to send me your bike for conversion, or a bike you’ve bought elsewhere, then go straight to the Custom Brompton Order Form to add all the options.
  • If you want to convert your own bike yourself, or have a local shop do it for you, you can buy the individual kits separately – for a comparison of the hubs, see this page.

For lots of ideas and examples of different builds, have a look at the Custom Builds section of the website. I make five different wheel sizes for the Brompton, for a comparison of them see the wheel sizes page.

18 Replies to “Brompton”

    1. It’ll be a bit of a squeeze because bikes of that age are 112mm not 115mm – but it will go, or you can bend your frame slightly to suit.

  1. Hey Ben. Brompton has introduced a new colour in 2018 – Raw Black Lacquer. Have you tried matching it yet for a rear rack / front fork?

    1. According to my powdercoater, it might be possible – but the raw lacquer finish looks a bit different on stainless steel anyway, it’s pretty hard to get an exact match.

  2. Hi Ben,
    I bought the rear rack with Rohloff speedhub. I did all the stuff by myself – not too difficult but twice a time the Allen key broke.
    Now I like to ride my Rohloff Brompton every day. Worth every Euro I paid
    Regards Karl

  3. hello Ben,
    I am riding your alfine 11 conversion now for a year and your Rohloff kit for almost half a year.
    I am still thrilled about the improvement of your conversions.
    Both hubs are fantastic and your stainless steel triangle with it´s fine brass seams
    is a kind of an art, an eye catcher indeed.
    I am riding my bromptons daily to work, no matter what season or weather, 26 Km one way,
    hills included on my way.
    I can only confirm that these conversions turn the bike into a grown-up touring bike.
    I do not need no other bikes.
    Thanks a lot, for these fantastic conversions.

    All the best, Jörn

  4. Hi there,

    A few dumb questions:

    1) I have a 10/12 year old Brompton that I am thinking of upgrading (gearing, brakes etc.) would this be something that (if shipped to you) you could upgrade? (Or is it better to sell that one and start again?)

    2) Cosmetically the bike would also benefit with a fresh paint job (frame and accessories – wheels, handle bars). Is this something that could also be done?

    3) Do you upgrade some of the bolts, clamps, easy-wheels etc. to titanium versions?

    1. Sure, I can upgrade an older bike, including repainting it. Repainting starts from £200, depending on the colour. I can upgrade other parts at the same time if you wish.

  5. Just received my Brompton Rohloff bike from Ben yesterday in Singapore. Super efficient shipment by UPS from Scotland to Singapore. Arrived within 3 days after being shipped. The ride of the bike is superb and the selected colour finishing (in Nine Streets Edition) is amazing.

    As we all aware and understand that Kinetics is all about only one person, Ben Cooper, however, he will deliver a high quality product and lots of patience is required.

    1. Just had the opportunity to ride the Brompton Rohloff. The ride is amazing and very very smooth indeed. Slopes which I would have difficulty riding my other Brompton M6L was a breeze and quite effortless. Once you have ridden the Brompton Rohloff you would not want to go back to the other standard Brompton. I am writing again to thank Ben Cooper for a fine job and have ordered and awaiting delivery of another Brompton Rohloff in Nickel Plated finish but with 18″ wheels with Big Apple tyres.

  6. Hi,
    Which conversion kit will greatly improve the bromptons efficiency?
    I plan to do long distance touring on my brompton, currently on the stock 6 speed I seem to only be able to maintain a 14mph average over a 10hr day.
    Will the kinderlay, alfine or rholff greatly improve the efficiency?
    Yes I know I should really be considering a full size bike but storage is an issue for me and I do not want more than one bike.
    Comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated

    1. Drivetrain efficiency is pretty good with the 3/6spd anyway, the Rohloff and Kindernay are similar – for lower rolling resistance, it might be worth looking at the 20″ when conversions I do.

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