Brompton M3L

Updated July 31, 2011
Brompton ML3
It may not be the lightest folding bike on the market, but the Brompton M3L has a long-standing reputation for quality and stability. At 25.3 pounds, the Brompton M3L is a few pounds heavier than some competitors, but reviewers say it offers a stable and comfortable ride that other folding bikes can't match. The Brompton folding bike also gets high marks for an incredibly compact fold; the folded size measures 22.2 inches by 21.5 inches by 10.6 inches, which is significantly smaller than comparable folding bikes. Although some folding bikes can be unwieldy to carry, multiple reviewers say the Brompton folding bike is very portable because of its size and lockable fold. It has 16-inch wheels and comes with fenders and reflectors. The biggest downside? With only three gears, the Brompton M3L will struggle up steep hills, but reviewers say it can easily cope with gradual climbs. The Brompton is also expensive, but reviewers say Brompton folding bikes simply outclass the competition. If your budget is tight, reviews point to the Dahon Speed D7. It weighs more than the Brompton, and it's not nearly as compact, but it offers quality components at a great price.ProsExtremely compact fold, Easy to carry, Stays locked together when folded, Stable and comfortable rideConsExpensive, Only three gears