• touring in Europe and in the Pyrenees

    The Pyrenees bit would put me off the Brompton. Great bike overall, esp for commuting, but imho the handling isn't great once out of a town/commute situation. I've ridden mine (s-type) for 30+ miles around the Chilterns and it's fairly terrifying at speed downhill. I've seen people in the Alps touring on them though, and a bag on the front does calm it down a bit, but it wouldn't be my choice as much as I'd like it to work in places like that. My old Dahon with the re-bar type frame is a much calmer, more confident ride at speed in hilly areas but isn't close the the fold or quality of the Brompton.

  • Personal preference, experience etc. I have no issue flying along on a Brompton at 30mph down hills in Somerset...

  • Oh sure, some will have no issues with it. Just imo/ime. The roads here are in a fairly bad state and that's part of the problem. I've no problem hitting good speeds on my road bike here but I still find the Brompton a real handful. It's the low trail figure mainly. The Dahon has more trail and a bigger wheel, 40mm tyres etc, all helps.

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