Brompton bikes are the smallest folding bikes in the world. They are cool - as are so many thing from Britain. These bikes have developed an excellent reputation for quality over the years; however, they have had issues with not enough gear options, brakes, and fitting. Our Mini is slightly bigger than a Brompton, but if you remove the seat post it is almost the same size. If you need the smallest possible folding bike you won’t go wrong with a Brompton; however, if cost is a factor in your search for the best bike for you, it would be wise to look at our Mini. A Downtube Mini costs about half as much as a Brompton, provides a complete gear range, uses high quality brakes, has a lighter aluminum frame, gives you the option of a carbon belt drive to help keep everything clean.
Check out the comparison table below to see which bike is the best fit for you.
|Brompton||Downtube mini (Shimano 8sp)|
|Drivetrain||inefficient 3sp hub||efficient 8sp internal hub|
|Rack and Bag interfaces||Yes||Yes|
|Cranks||lower quality||Cold forged|
|Folded size||Super Compact||Compact|
|Brake Quality||Old Style Caliper||Excellent V brakes|
|Fits inside a regulation size suitcase||Yes||Yes|
|Frame protector (bar from below to protect frame)||No||Yes|
|Use Standard Bike parts||No||Yes|
|starts at $1300||around $700