Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Brompfication Titanium Hinge Clamps

At the IG London Nocturne the unfolding of my Brompton was woefully bad. This combined with my reluctance to run (as a gentleman should not run) brought me to the conclusion that I needed to do something about it. This something resulted in my purchasing some new after market hinge clamps from Brompfication.









I opted for the titanium version with black handles and silver clamps. They are very well made and to my eyes look quite elegant. 






The clamps are very easy to fit and make the business of folding and unfolding rapid. A spring keeps the clamp at tension which means that it doesn't rotate. Adding to this one side of the clamp is slightly longer which lies flush with the metal of your Brompton. Surprisingly little turns are required to open and close. A bolt completes the package which can be set as an indicator for when to stop turning. Very clever. 







The Brompfication hinge clamps are lighter than the stock Brompton ones and I like their minimalist design with their clean lines. What I like even better is that they work really well and do exactly what I wanted them to do.  








They will not really aid me in the Brompton World Championships as all riders have time chips but they will allow me to unfold quicker than I could have otherwise. Will they make we faster? The answer is a resounding no. All this tweaking and weight reduction is quite addictive and although my head tells me that it will do little to enhance my chances, something is telling me all these little changes might collectively help in some way. We shall see...


4 comments:

  1. I ordered a set of these for my yet to arrive M6LX.
    Love your blog!
    Mauro

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    1. Many thanks Mauro. You'll love em when they are fitted to your M6L X! Way colour is your bike going to be?

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  2. I also fitted these and I'm surprised that you skipped mentioning that the spring on the main hinge clamp binds on the hinge casting.

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    1. I think most of my readers would be surprised if I included technical knowledge that is so boring.

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