Brompton first launched its Black Edition in 2015 and has launched a second one since. For 2018, the third Black Edition Brompton will be available not just in black lacquer but also in Turkish Green, Black and Orange frame options.
Brompton says that the Black Edition bikes are inspired by city life at night and aimed at attracting a younger, urban cycling community, wanting to explore city life.
According to Stephen Loftus, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer: “Our first two Black Editions were a huge success reaching new audiences for Brompton. We are looking forward to bringing the Black Edition back this year, and are particularly excited by the introduction of our new premium Black Lacquer finish”
In the Black Edition bikes, the standard silver wheel rims, spokes and seat post arereplaced with black items. Prices for the Black Edition bikes start at £1000, with a wide range of options being configurable by the buyer, to meet their own requirements.
So you can get your Black Edition bike in the S, M and H model types and select either two-speed or six-speed gearing. There are also three choices of seatpost, two different saddles and three tyre options. In addition, you can add reflectors, battery or dynamo lighting, firmer suspension and a front carrier block.
The black lacquer finish is transparent, so you can see the bronze brazes on the frame through the lacquer. Brompton says that its new paint shop at its London plant has allowed it to offer this finish, for which it charges a £250 premium.
Brompton says that the Black Edition bikes will be available for a limited time only. They will be sold through Brompton Junction stores as well as selected dealers.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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