Pot holes and poor road conditions can take their toll on your poor wheels and rubber (or butyl), don't worry we have a complete range of wheels, spokes, rims, tyres and tubes.
Or maybe you just fancy a shiny new and / or black wheel.
In 2013 Brompton changed from a single wall rim made by Alex wheels to a double walled rim.
The single walled rim used the same rim for both front and rear wheels.
The double wall rim comes in two styles - with straight drilled and angled holes. All front wheels use the straight drilled rims, but the rear wheel rim depends upon the hub.
Please double check the hub / wheel combination by looking at the data sheet downloadable on the product pages.
The Brompton spokes come in different lengths depending upon the wheel and rim combination. There is a data sheet on each spoke page showing a matrix of what goes with what.
Spokes for Brompton bikes come in 3 profiles:
The spoke (not poke as spell check suggested) gauge 13g / 14g refers to the thickness of the spoke - not the weight
We sell spokes as a standard set of 28 (for the Brompton rim/wheel) and also as singles - should you just wish to replace the odd one / carry one as a spare - for example when travelling on holiday
As Brompton bikes have been getting more popular - the tyre choice has expanded. The Brompton 16 inch wheel / rim size has an ETRTO (European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation) size of 349 and is compatible with the following Brompton tyres:
The following tyres are also compatible with your Brompton, though not supplied by Brompton as a factory fit or after market option but by third parties:
We made this video on the 2023 Brompton tyre range
The Brompton Kevlar (previously the Brompton Green) was discontinued in 2017
The Schwalbe Stelvio 16 inch tyre was discontinued 2009
The Brompton yellow / standard tyre was discontinued in 20??
The Schwalbe Kojak inch tyre was discontinued except as a Brompton version in 2013
The Brompton kevlar / green tyre was replaced with the standard Brompton kevlar tyre in 20??
The Brompton kevlar tyre was discontinued in 2017 and replaced with the Schwalbe Marathon Racer
The Schwalbe Marathon Racer 16 x 1.35 was introduced as the replacement for the Brompton Kevlar / Green tyre
The Brompton Schwalbe Kojak was introduced as a tan wall version (as used with the CHPT3 special edition bikes) - supply has currently not been able to keep up with demand
The Brompton Schwalbe One tan wall tyre was used on the CHPT3 special edition and available as an after market option
The Brompton Schwalbe Marathon Racer - tan wall version - was used on the Brompton Explore special edition bike
The Brompton Marathon Racer Tan Wall folding tyre was made available as an after market option
The Schwalbe One - black folding tyre - was launched as a factory option on the P Line (and as a limit availability after market option)
The Continental Compact Urban - black folding tyre - was launched as a factory option on the P Line (and as an after market option)
The Continental Compact Urban - tan wall folding tyre - was launched as an after market tyre option
The Continental Compact Urban - creme wall folding tyre - was launched by Continental (though not sold through Brompton)
The Schwalbe Marathon Almotion was introduced with the Brompton x Barbour limited edition bike and later made available as an after market option
Here's a list of the wheels (and wheel components - rims / hubs / axle fittings) and wheel upgrade kits for Brompton folding bikes
What is the Brompton wheel size?
Although the Brompton wheel is normally described as 16 inch it should more correctly be called ETRTO 349 (European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation sizing)
Just for reference: Sone other wheels of smaller sizes such as those on a Moulton are also referred to as 16 inch but have a smaller diameter - made up for with bigger tyre depth
There is currently (as at October 2018) a choice of two front wheels - standard or super light , available in black or silver colour
The Shimano and SON dynamo front wheels were discontinued bt Brompton in 2018 - though an alternative is expected soon
The Brompton 1 speed and 2 speed bikes use the (lightest) rear wheel - it’s the same wheel for both, the one speed using one sprocket while the two speed uses two sprockets and a derailleur. This wheel is available in silver or black. It is a lighter and simpler wheel than the hub gear wheels used on the 3 / 6 speed bikes
The three speed Brompton uses a Sturmey Archer BSR - Brompton Standard Ratio - hub / wheel with a single sprocket - it is only available in silver
The six speed Brompton uses a Sturmey Archer BWR - Brompton Wide Ratio - hub / wheel with two sprockets - it can also run a single sprocket to make a wide ratio three speed - it is available in silver or black
The sprockets used on the BWR and BSR hubs are not compatible with each other
The hub gears are very reliable and require less maintenance than the derailleur style gears that are now found on most bikes
The Sturmey Archer hub gears used on the current (and previous) Brompton models are all fairly similar, though getting replacement parts (if you like a bit of home maintenance) can be difficult as they are not as common as say Shimano gears
We have started listing more of the spares required for maintenance of the Brompton / Sturmey Archer hub gears - you can find many instructional videos on how to disassemble / assemble and service the Sturmey Archer hubs on YouTube
Spare parts for your Brompton wheel - for example:
Different wheels are used on different Brompton bike models e.g.
We have a Brompton wheel identification page here - which should help you to identify which wheels you have
Brompton 16 inch inner tube This standard Brompton inner tube with schrader valve fits the standard Brompton 16 x 1 3/8" tyre
Brompton yellow rim tape for all Brompton wheels
Schwalbe Marathon Racer 16 inch tyre for Brompton folding bikes
Schwalbe Marathon 16 inch tyre with GreenGuard for Brompton folding bikes Note: wheel not included
Brompton Schwalbe Kojak lightweight 16 inch tyre with reflective sidewall
With this Marathon Plus 16 inch tyre, punctures are a memory Our best selling after-market Brompton tyre
Extra Light Brompton 16" front wheel for your Brompton folding bike - made by Brompton. Saving 115g on the standard Brompton wheel
Black extra Light Brompton 16" front wheel for your Brompton folding bike Saving approx 115g on the standard Brompton wheel
This is a replacement BLACK edition rear wheel with Brompton / Sturmey Archer 3 speed wide ratio hub gear (as used on 6 speed Bromptons) Note: Picture shows wheel on bike (only the wheel is included)
This is a BLACK edition single / two speed Brompton rear wheel (to get two speed you need a derailleur) Yes - the same wheel is used for both - it's the choice of sprockets which determines the number of gears.
Introduced in 2013, this Brompton double wall wheel rim (size 16 x 1 3/8" or ETRTO 349) has 28 spoke holes which are drilled at an angle for extra strength. Note: For use on rear Brompton (Sturmey Archer or SRAM) hub gear wheels only.
Brompton BLACK edition double wall wheel rim (size 16 x 1 3/8" or ETRTO 349) has 28 spoke holes which are drilled at an angle for extra strength. Note: Rim only