Saturday 30 March 2024

New Brompton 12x speed thoughts

It is still rather early days for me as far as the 12x speed goes. The same can be said of the electric motor up front. I thought I would give a few initial impressions of it.

My bike came with the pretty standard 50t chainring. If you look at all the gear ratios and calculations many people much more knowledgeable than I, they will inform you that when ascending hills, it is the same as having a 44t (coupled with the largest 18t cog on the rear). From my nocturnal adventure in the early hours of Friday morning, I would say it felt a little better than this. Now this could simply be due to the fact that I was peddling up accents in a much more controlled (sensible) fashion. It could be that in the back of my mind I was comforted in the knowledge that by pressing a button, I could cycle up pretty much anything. I do not know. 

I am still going to quite happily use my other 6x speed Brompton bikes and I will see whether my new approach to tackling hills is the difference or whether it is having the 12 speed.

Until next time, stay safe out there people. 

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