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Brompton releases Bear Grylls-inspired bicycle

A special-edition trifold for the adventurer in you

In spite of the small wheels, there are cyclists who go touring with Bromptons. PHOTO FROM BROMPTON

A Brompton is probably the last bicycle you’d want to ride out in the wilderness. But that hasn’t stopped the British company from collaborating with a well-known survival expert for the Bear Grylls C Line Explore.

The three-part fold lets you bring a Brompton practically anywhere. PHOTOS FROM BROMPTON

Similar to the normal C Line Explore, the trifold is made of steel weighing 12.2kg, and it features a six-speed drivetrain with a three-speed internal-gear hub and two external sprockets.

When folded, it measures 58.4cm long, 26.92cm wide, and 64.26cm high. The included handlebars are Brompton’s M Type for a casual and relaxed riding position.

The pouch and the backpack are both made from recycled materials. PHOTO FROM BROMPTON

The color scheme is a mix of Moss Green and Mushroom Gray to mimic the British woodlands, along with Adventure Orange accents. The bike rolls on a pair of puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon Racers that are 16 inches by 1.38 inches.

Complementing these are an all-weather Brooks C17 saddle, a waterproof backpack that attaches via the front carrier block, and a waterproof pouch that goes on the handlebars.

A Brompton is by no means affordable for a bicycle, with the normal C Line Explore already at £1,415 (P99,650). The Bear Grylls edition costs even more at £1,895 (P133,545) with limited units available globally.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.