Brompton P Line review - more titanium equals less weight

We took the new, lighter Brompton onto the roads and into the stations of central London to live like a commuter. No lycra was used in the testing of this bike.

Brompton P Line review
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Any Brompton bike can very quickly become an indispensable part of your commute. Fun to ride, easy to take with your wherever you go and nicely put together with umpteen clever little design hacks. There are a few little practicality issues, but overall it’ll leave you wondering how you survived without it. Shedding some weight is a boon for anyone who struggles to carry 11kg of weight in one hand for long (that’s most of us), but you do have to pay for that privilege. It’s quite an outlay, but compare that to the cost of public and private transport over several years and it usually doesn’t take long for that major spend to become a saving.

Reasons to buy
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    Lower weight over standard Brompton

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    Stashes away under a desk or in cupboard

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    Great build quality

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    Fun to ride

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    Design classic

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    British build so lower carbon footprint

Reasons to avoid
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    10kg is still heaving if walking far

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    Fiddly to adjust rear mech

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    Hard to get rear wheel out, and back in

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    Gears slipped a bit

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

Lightweight, great performance, responsive titanium rear triangle, this new race bike….. Hang on a minute. Let's just check that press release from Brompton once again. Yep, there it is in black and white. A new lightweight performance model of what is already one of the best folding bikes out there. If not the best. 

But Brompton fans do not despair. The company hasn’t lost the plot, jumped the shark or changed directions post pandemic. The £2,100 P Line model is still very much a Brompton, but they’re updating the range that is already a popular commuter bike and including this nifty little bike which offers better handling. 

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