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Everything You Need to Know About the Brompton Model Codes

So, you're not certain what type of Brompton folding bike you have? (And what's more, why does it even matter?)

Well, most of the time it doesn't matter - as long as you're happy and comfortable riding your Brommie! But there are certainly times when you may be asked (booking a service, talking to another Brompton owner, recommending one to a friend) or if you're looking to buy, and then it's handy to know what your steed actually is!

Most Bromptons have a model code consisting of three parts:

  1. Handlebar height
  2. Gearing
  3. Guards/rack 

Firstly, let's look at handlebar heights:

Brompton handlebar heights

Until recently there have been four to choose from:

  1. S = Short/straight/sporty
  2. M = Medium 
  3. P = 'Pretzel' (discontinued from March 2019)
  4. H = High

Can't spot the difference between the M and H bars? It's not actually the handlebars themselves, but the handlebar stem, as highlighted in the comparison below:

M-type and H-type Brompton handlebars

Next is gearing

Bromptons are available in a choice of 1, 2, 3 and 6 gears. The easiest way to spot how many gears a Brompton is set up with is to look at the handlebars.

  • Single speed = no gear shifters ;)
  • 2 speed = LH shifter
  • 3 speed = RH shifter
  • 6 speed = both LH & RH shifters

Brompton under bar shifters

The shifters pictured above are the current 'under bar' shifters. Bromptons made prior to 2017 were fitted with 'over bar' (aka 'bunny ear') shifters, as shown on this 6 speed below.

Brompton over bar shifters

The final part to deciphering your model code relates to mudguards

  • E = no mudgards (or fenders, as some refer to them as)
  • L = fitted with mudguards 
  • R = fitted with mudguards and rear rack

So there you have it. You now know that if you have a Brompton with medium height handlebars, 6 gears and mudguards, it's model type is an M6L!

But wait! There's more!

There are also Bromptons called Superlight which means they have Titanium front and rear forks (and a few other components). In the picture below you can easily spot the unpainted grey titanium forks on the left hand Brompton, whereas the Brompton on the right is a full-steel model.

Brompton superlight and full-steel models

An -X is added to the end of the model code for Superlight Bromptons. So looking at the above example, the LH Brompton is a S6L-X and the RH Brompton is a regular S6L.

That's the models decoded! So - what are you riding? :)