Brompton Electric C-Line Urban folding bike review

Does adding electric assistance to this iconic folder create the ultimate commuter bike?

Electric Brompton review
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Convenient and stylish, but sluggish and twitchy, and sometimes more hassle than it’s worth.

Pros

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    Easily stored when folded

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    Very quick to unfold and fold again

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    Excellent luggage options

Cons

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    Extremely heavy and difficult to carry

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    Awkward to roll along when folded

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    Brake lever placement is uncomfortable for smaller hands

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    Twitchy start up

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    Sluggish up hills

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    Braking doesn't cut the motor

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    Mode controls can be awkward to access on the move

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The humble Brompton has an iconic shape and folding mechanism that makes it recognisable just about anywhere. It’s now been five years since the British brand introduced a battery-powered model to its range, now named the Electric C-Line, and we’ve spent the past six months using the Electric C-Line Urban for everything from small grocery trips to commuting 10 miles each way from Bristol to Bath, and traversing many of the hills the south-west cities are famed for. How does it perform amongst the best folding electric bikes on the market, and is it worthy of our list of the best electric commuter bikes? Read on to find out more.

Design and aesthetics

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