Brompton P-Line review - Stuck in the middle with you

Halfway between the hyperlight T-Line and the basic models, the P-Line misses the mark

A folded brompton P-Line on a railway platform
(Image: © Will Jones)

Cyclingnews Verdict

It's a good folding bike, but if you want a commuter, the C-Line is the better choice.


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    Folds away easily and to a small size

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    Handles urban environments extremely well

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    Grippy tyres


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    Drivetrain durability issues

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The Brompton is a design classic, there’s no denying it. It’s probably what most people think of when you say ‘folding bike’, which puts it in a territory approaching things like ‘Hoover’ where brand names become so synonymous with a certain product they become the name for that product.

For a time there was only ‘a Brompton’, and it was never a case of ‘which Brompton’, but now the company has four distinct models, from the basic A-Line to the all-titanium T-Line, not including any electric models and special editions. The P-Line is a relatively new edition to the Brompton range and it sits between the standard C-Line, and the extremely flashy T-Line. It features a half-steel, half-titanium construction for weight saving, and the proprietary four-speed derailleur from the Ti model too. Is it that perfect bowl of porridge; the comfortable middle bed between the budget and the hyper-premium, or is it in fact a slightly confused product that solves a problem that doesn't exist? Does it get into our list of the best folding bikes? Let's find out.

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Iconic, and the gold standard for folding bikes. Let down by limited colour range.9/10
Components Sub-standard setup for commuting compared to other Bromptons, with some durability issues, though the tyres handle very well5/10
Performance, handling and geometryFor commuting, using public transport and diving down cycle paths it's unmatched10/10
WeightIt's lighter than the standard model, but its still pretty hefty all things considered8/10
Value for money£1,000 more than the C-Line, and not specced as well for commuting2/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 68%

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.