Jan 30 2015
We like the Brompton S-Type bikes here at Calhoun Cycle. In fact we like the S-Type so much that we have developed a handlebar customization to make it a better fit for more riders. The stiffness of the bars gives a great feel of the road and a touch more confidence when you’re pushing it (like you might be late for work if you don’t work it a bit), but the stock Brompton S bar is quite narrow and low, which limits its practicality for many riders. The EVO S+ Bar keeps the stiffness and handling benefits, but adds width as well as height, making this setup fit a wider range of riders. The S+ bar improves the ergonomics, yet the bike keeps the clean, simple lines of the stock S-Type (arguably the sexiest of the Brompton model types).
Brompton customizations are different from tweaking most bikes in that the smallest change can get in the way of the bike’s magnificently fast fold or prevent the folded package from being its very smallest. Changing either of those features would be a horrible thing indeed. The EVO S+ handlebar customization does not affect the fold or the folded size, so if you are considering making the change, it’s simply a matter of whether the S+ bars would be a nice upgrade for you. We have bikes in the shop that are setup with the S+ bars. Riding one of our S+ test bikes a ride would be the easiest way to decide, but many of you know from your other bikes that you may or may not be interested. From our experience the S+ setup would be an ergonomic and handling improvement for anyone riding an S-Type bike.
NOTES: The EVO S+ Bar Package was designed to be a customization to Brompton S-Type bikes. Brompton stem risers are specific to each type of handlebar (S, M, P & H). The S-Type and the H-Type stems are the same height, so either of these stems will work with the S+ bar packages, though at this point we have only made the conversion using S-Type bikes. The H-Type stem has a slightly (1/2″) shorter reach from the saddle and being that Bromptons are quite short regarding saddle to handlebar reach, we would not expect many people to convert an H-Type bike to the S+ Bar. Mind you, if you came across a used H-Type Brompton or simply purchased an H-Type thinking you’d want the highest handlebar height and now you’re wanting a bit stiffer a front end, then this conversion would make perfect sense.
PACKAGES: All the cables have to be setup perfectly to keep Bromptons running and folding without issue. The S+ bar is adding 45mm of rise, which means that all the cables need to be lengthened. We have put together packages for all Brompton models. If you are using standard Brompton grips, you will need to buy new grips because they are glued onto the handlebar and can’t be removed without cutting them off. We’d recommend looking into Ergon grips (if you’re not already using them). These are very ergonomically friendly grips and if you’re looking into the S+ conversion, we’d guess that you are in the ergonomic appreciation boat (with us). If you are using a grip that is removable, you have the option to buy your package without grips.
Here are the EVO S+ Packages:
1-speed: handlebar, grips and brake cable/housing kit
2-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & shifter cable/housing kit
3-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & shifter cable/housing kit
6-speed: handlebar, grips, brake & both shifter cable/housing kit
The cable kits are assembled assuming that you’ll be re-using what is possible re-use (like using the rear brake cable as your front brake cable).
If you are not local to Calhoun Cycle, we’d recommend that you have the package installed at your local Brompton dealer. If you’re bringing the bike to a non-Brompton dealer for the install, be sure they understand that the routing of the cables is very, very specific on Brompton bikes and their techs will need to keep the routing the same as it already is (improving cable routing is something most mechanics will want to do…which is usually great, but very problematic on a Brompton).
Below is a pricelist that includes the Packages that are available. The starting package of $59.97 assumes that you would need grips. We’d love to get you setup with the EVO S+ Package as we think it is a great customization for riders of S-Type Brompton bikes. If you’re shopping for a bike and thought that the S-Type bike was only suited for petite riders, we’d recommend that you re-think that and come in for a ride.