If I was buying an ebike for Black Friday I would go for this Pure Electric electric Brompton deal
There are some excellent deals available this Black Friday, but there haven’t been many significant price cuts on real British design icons. Luckily Pure Electric has stepped up. Taking a break from its usual job of selling keenly-priced electric scooters it’s magicked up a deal on the Brompton Electric. Specifically it’s the M6L, which has six gears as well as a battery-powered motor.
Brompton recently rationalised its range so the M6L is now officially an ‘old’ Brompton. It is, for most people’s purposes, the same as the ‘new’ Bromptons however, and is as much fun to ride as it was at release a few years ago. The six-speed option is particularly good if you lice somewhere very hilly, or you intend to use the Brompton with the motor assistance turned down or off, so you get a workout.
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Of all the best Black Friday deals on bikes so far, this is my pick. Will there be an even better one in the best Cyber Monday deals? Unlikely. However if you are looking for some cheaper ebike deals, have a look at these.
• The best cheap ebike deals of Black Friday
This Brompton deal is the one for those who want a bike of real top quality and longevity. It’s made here in Britain too, which isn’t something you can say about many bikes.
Why you should buy a Brompton Electric
Brompton spent a long time developing an electric version of its bike, while third-party electric conversion kits sold extremely well. What they came up with does manage to capture the spirit of the original folding bike with electric assistance to make riding it even more of a breeze.
The folding action is all but identical, and it goes down to a really tiny size. Although the unavoidable extra weight added by the battery and motor do make it less easy to carry than the non-electric version. It wheels along very nicely in its partially folded mode, however. That’s partly because there is a pair of smaller, stabilising wheels placed at the back, a bit like on an old person’s shopping trolley.
That’s great for when you’re at the end of your journey or getting onto public transport in the middle of it but obviously the real test of the M6L is when you’re riding it. Brompton, using expertise from the Williams F1 team were among the pioneers of using more highly developed cadence sensors. As a result, the bike reacts in much more intuitive way to the speed of your pedalling and the amount of resistance being put up by the road – most notably if there’s a hill. This kind of tech is still largely restricted to more high-end ebikes even now. The cheaper ones apply motor assistance when you pedal in a rather random and haphazard manner.
Another unusual innovation with the Brompton Electric is that it has front wheel drive. This was and is extremely rare but for my money it makes the ride feel much more zippy and handling more responsive. It makes the bike inevitably front heavy and some users have complained about this, but when riding the e-Brompton I never felt like it was tipping forwards or unstable in any way.
Allied to the six-speed gearing it makes the ride feel much speedier than most ebikes, which all too often end up trapped by their 15.5mph legal top speed. I’m not even sure it is faster – but it sure feels it. It’s more enjoyable; less of a mid-speed chore.
The other thing about Brompton, which has now been going for over 40 years, is that it can be relied on to build bikes to last, and to supply great after-sales support and servicing. The Brompton may be twice the price of many good ebikes, but I would back it to last a lot more than twice as long.
Published at Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:33:04 +0000