With the Brompton H3L-X 2012 Folding Bike, Brompton is launching its first new handlebar configuration for seven years. It joins Brompton's existing offering of three handlebar styles - the M, S and P Types. The H Type has been developed in response to requests from taller riders and from those wanting a markedly more upright riding position. The height of the grips from the ground has been raised by 60mm compared to the classic M Type; forward reach to the grips from the saddle increases by around 13mm.
This additional height and reach has been achieved by spacing the handlebar hinge 30mm further away from the headset allowing the overall length of the support to be increased by 60mm. While this means that the hinge protrudes further from the bike than on other models, the highest point on the folded bike remains the saddle, so the H Type fits into all existing transportation bags and covers. Taking all the great features of the H3L, the H3L-X adds titanium forks and back end along with a sealed bearing front hub for a lighter ride. Please note that images of the folded bikes are for illustrative purposes only and represent the colour but not the model.