Hand Made in London Since 1975

Brompton’s history can be traced back to South Kensington, London, 1975 when engineer and creator Andrew Ritchie was inspired to design a better folding bike. Serenaded by the music from the Brompton Oratory (after which our bikes are named) the prototypes were crafted right there in his small, 1 bedroom flat.

Fast forward over 40 years later and each bike is hand-brazed, now by skilled craftspeople at our London factory. Brazed to incredibly fine tolerances makes every Brompton incredibly tough and unique. Each brazer is trained by Brompton for 18 months and has a ‘signature’ which they stamp on the parts of the bike that they work on.

Research and Development

UK engineering and design is respected all over the world. Like Dyson, McLaren, and Rolls Royce – Brompton is a global exemplar of design excellence. Although the essential mechanics of the fold haven’t changed since the Mark 1 Brompton, we’re not resting on our laurels; we have a large in-house team who are constantly improving the bike, accessories and the production processes.

We use a range of leading technologies from rapid prototyping using 3D printers to ensuring precision using automotive industry CAM machines. Once the parts are produced, they are rigorously tested so we know they will be a match for real-world challenges.

Brazed, not welded

Brazing is a unique way to join the bike together which makes it tougher for the city environment. Every brazer leaves their initials stamped onto the bike to put their name to this difficult task.

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