I know what some of you are possibly thinking. Why didn't he just get an S-Type to begin with? The truthful answer is that at the time I bought my Titanium Orange Brompton I didn't want one. I wanted the more upright M to cater for all types of journey. I wanted the classic shape that is the M-Type. I wanted the M-Type as it represented the original handlebar shape that has become a design classic. I thought that it would be an all rounder, catering for all my cycling needs.
The change from M to S if I am being truthful is something I have been deliberating upon since I took possession of my newest Brompton bike. I sold my Raw Lacquer S2L in order to part fund my Titanium Orange Brompton. If you have read or care to read my blog posts on that particular bike you will discover that I absolutely loved it. It didn't take me long to start missing the elegance of the S-Type and speculating upon whether I had made a mistake?
So, the decision to change to an S-Type was made several weeks ago. The more I tinkered with my Titanium Orange Brompton the more I longed for it to be an S-Type. Funds did not allow until recently but as soon as they did I bought the parts required and did not look back. Taking them to the place I bought the bike in the first place, they were able to complete the transformation swiftly and I now have the Brompton I dreamt of and dare I say should have ordered in the first place?
I have written about the how I see my Brompton bikes being used for very different tasks. The Original Orange Brompton (a bike I would never sell) will be my commuting hack and terrible weather Brompton. My Titanium Orange Brompton will be everything else. It will come out to play for weekend rides, training runs, Brompton Club rides, adventures, night rides and of course racing. Despite my Original Orange Brompton being my sole means for transport to and from work it will actually do less miles a month than my Titanium Orange Brompton.
Initial impressions are very favourable. I love this bike! What was a great bike as an M is transformed into a wondrous S. Although only over 100g lighter, psychologically the brain is fooled into thinking the bike to be lighter than I recall. The handling is good with steering responsive and nippy. Happy memories of my S2L flooded back. Trying to ascend a very steep hill proved to be easier than on my M perhaps as I felt more stable and confident when riding out of the saddle.
As for looks, to my eyes it is a beauty. There is something about the S-type shape that is filled with a sense of élan.
What will I do with the old stem and M bars? Well they won't be going back on my Titanium Orange Brompton - ever. I might put the orange stem on my Original Orange Brompton. After all, you can never have enough orange!