I had a KTM then a Cube e-bike and loved them. Then I was told by my consultant I shouldn’t bend and lift so I sold the Cube then bought an H6R Brompton... this was basically a 6speed Brompton. I had the gearing reduced for going up hills but I struggled after my knee operation.
So.... I ordered an electric Brompton.
The range is small, namely it’s either black or white, 2 or 6 gears and you can choose type of handlebars. I was told by the dealer (Cycle Heaven in York) that the reason they don’t have all the colour options and other options such as tyre type etc is that it would delay approx 1week for every option selected! So I couldn’t get the Lime Green I had on my standard Brompton. I waited approx three months for delivery.
Back to the review:
I found going from crank to hub drive weird to put it politely. I have never suffered from wheelspin before on a bicycle - this was at the side of a road with a small amount of fine gravel, so be very careful, especially if you are trying to start off doing a tight turn.
The bike folds and fits in the boot just like the non electric version but you also have a battery pack which fits on the front luggage clip.
There is a choice of two “battery bags” the standard one has a capacity of 1.5 litres and the City bag 20 litres... I hope they bring out an in between size as I find the standard size is too small and 20 litres is far too big (wind resistance is huge).
Initially I had problems with the battery showing controller faults by flashing certain lights but it seems to have resolved itself (this will show on diagnostics at the first service).
I find the power delivery, in the main, very smooth so long as you get used to which gear you should be in. The crank has a cadence sensor and a torque sensor which links to the hub motor.
The hill climbing ability surprised me - if anyone lives near the Derwent Reservoir in Co Durham, I can climb the steep hill from the lower car park up to the water tower car park with ease. So far I have done approx 55 Miles and according to Stava have hit a top speed of 40mph!?!
Unfortunately Brompton still haven’t released their own app for logging journeys but I am currently using Strava so I know when to take it in for its first service at 100 Miles.
If you want to try one in the North East, Cycle Heaven at YORK railway station are very helpful and the long term car park is next to the shop, and it’s huge, so you can have a decent test ride away from traffic.
I nearly forgot... there is virtually no drag from the hub if you aren’t using the electric motor... in fact if I ride my standard Brompton then the electric one, with power switched off, I can’t really notice a difference.
I will add more detail to this posting as I use it more.
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