If you are new to Brompton and want to buy your first folding bike, you might get confused with the various types of handlebars, including S Type, M Type, P Type, and H Type.

The first letter in the model number indicates the handlebar type. For example, an M6R says this Brompton has M Type handlebar, 6 speeds, and a rear rack. In case you are not familiar with the handlebar, Brompton has explained the differences between them. Let’s take a look at the comparison.

Side-by-side comparison: Style and Height (Image provided by Brompton)

The S-type handlebar provides a very responsive ride with an aggressive riding position. It is suitable for people who want to reach high speed since it is lighter and has less wind resistance.

The M-type handlebar offers an efficient and comfortable ride since riders sit in an upright position. This is a classic design and suitable for city bikers as it provides a better field of vision. The M-type handlebar had some changes in 2017 as it has more curve, lower rise, and longer stem.

The P-type handlebar is the most complicated one as it offers two grip positions, one is higher than the M-type and the other one is lower than the S-type handlebar. The P-type handlebar is designed for touring as you can change hand positions and make long trips more comfortable.

The H-type handlebar has the highest height of all these options. It uses the same handlebar as the one on M-type handlebar but the stem is 60mm longer. It is suitable for leisure rides in the city.

The most popular and classic choice is the M Type and you can’t go wrong buying a Brompton bike with the handlebar. It is also my favorite since it delivers a perfect fit and a more leisurely upright ride.

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