The longstanding partnership between Brompton and ex-professional rider David Millar has entered its fifth year, and sees a new special edition version join the existing range of folding city commuting bikes.
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Continuing the Brompton X CHPT3 collaboration identity of high-end lightweight and agile folding bikes, the latest version draws inspiration from Barrivell, the old centre of Girona where David Millar resides and his CHPT3 brand is based. The top tube paint decals depict the labyrinth of stairs and arches that characterise Barrivell.
Brompton X CHPT3 believe the newest edition to the range maintains the original ethos, which saw a traditional Brompton stripped back in order to create a lightweight and minimalist folding bike, which was more about speed and agility over practicality.
To that end the bike does away with mudguards and front luggage options and features a low profile S Type handlebar.
The six-speed gearing and Black Edition finishing kit featured on the Brompton X CHPT3 is teamed with upgrades and components which the partnership say is unique to the range. These include premium grips and saddle, as well as low rolling resistance Schwalbe One tan wall tyres.
Aiming to keep weight down, the bike also comes with a rigid black titanium rear frame and fork.
Our previous Brompton X CHPT3 test bike (opens in new tab) weighed in at 10.3kg, so expect this version to weigh more or less the same. Putting that in perspective, it's around three kilos lighter than the cheaper B'Twin Tilt, and five kilos lighter than the Gocycle GS folding e-bike (opens in new tab), but less than one kilo more than a standard Brompton M6L folding bike (opens in new tab), which comes with racking and mudguards.
In addition to a spruced-up paint job, each special edition purchased will also come with a limited-edition Brompton X CHPT3 sling bag.
According to CHPT3, David Millar wanted to create a bag that could be used both on and off the bike. The nine-litre sling bag comes with a padded pocket big enough for a 13in laptop, and air-mesh panels with a polycarbonate PU waterproof coating.
The new Brompton X CHPT3 special edition bike is priced at £2,295 and available to buy directly from the Brompton website.
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Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.
Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.
For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas.
She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.
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