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Brompton electric bike needs costly £500 repair | Money

Brompton electric bike needs costly £500 repair | Money

[ad_1] In October I bought an electric Brompton bicycle for just under £3,000. Initially all was well but about three months before the two-year warranty expired, it started suffering intermittent power problems. It would work on the electric assist, and then wouldn’t. I stopped using it as a result. I was very busy with work, so didn’t get around to dealing with it for several more months – by which point it was out of warranty. I took it back to Evans, the store I bought it from, which, after doing a £40 inspection, has diagnosed that it needs significant repairs. Despite its original cost, it has quoted a shade under £500 to fix it – with a 20% discount on parts being offered by Brompton, and a cheaper labour cost from Evans. Given the problems started during the warranty period, I don’t feel this is a great offer. JW, Herts You may not be surprised to learn that you are not the only person who has had problems with their electric Brompton. The company …

Bastille challenges the iconic Brompton bikes with a new folding bicycle

Bastille challenges the iconic Brompton bikes with a new folding bicycle

[ad_1] Meet Bastille, a new French company that wants to challenge Brompton, the most emblematic brand for folding bicycles. The main difference with the British manufacturer is that Bastille wants to design a folding bike with normal wheels instead of the small 16-inch wheels that you typically find on folding bikes. In addition to the bike itself, the team behind Bastille is also an interesting one. Bastille’s main engineer is Gilles Henry, the person who also invented the folding mechanism of the Yoyo strollers from Babyzen. These compact strollers have been particularly successful in major cities in France — there are literally everywhere in Paris. Henry has teamed up with Quentin Bernard who spent several years working for Devialet, the French audio engineering company behind high-end speakers, amplifiers and earbuds. He was Devialet’s general manager for Europe when he left the company. Bastille has raised €10 million ($10.5 million) from Eutopia and Ankaa Ventures according to Les Échos. Image Credits: Nawel Odin / Bastille A low-tech bike on purpose Interestingly, Bastille isn’t an electric bike. …