We have been doing an increasing amount of testing of folding bikes and often are asked for our recommendations for the best alternatives to a Brompton. So we thought we would pull together this buyers guide to help you find the right folding bike for your needs. These are all very different alternatives to a Brompton so hopefully something here for everyone.

List of the 3 Best Alternatives to a Brompton 2022

  1. B’Twin Tilt 120
  2. Bickerton Argent 1707 City
  3. Change Bike DF-812 Trail Pro

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Cheapest Alternative to a Brompton 2022

B’Twin Tilt 120 Folding Bike

Price: £249.99


The cheapest folding bike currently in the market. A huge difference in price between this and the Brompton so functionality wise they are in the same space but the Decathlon machine won’t last forever.  That said as this is the cheapest folding bike in our list of alternatives to the Brompton it is an incredible package for under £250.  It has a 6 gear system built into the hub and comes with mudguards and a saddle height that can accommodate all but the tallest of cyclists.  Styling wise it steals much of its design from the Brompton but fails to fold down into quite such a small size when commuting.

Still unbelievably under £250 in 2022 and Decathlon are smashing it with supplier management as they have stock in all stores. This is an incredible commuter bike for anyone looking for a folding bike on a budget.

BTwin Tilt 120 Bike Specification

Number of Gears6
ShiftersGrip shifter
Chain set6-speed Shimano TZ20 14/28 freewheel
Pedalsfold-up pedals
BrakesetSteel V-brakes
HandlebarsSteel low-rise bars
Wheelset20-inch, single-wall rims. Steel hub.
Tyres20 x 1.75 gumwall city tyres
SaddleComfortable, seamless foam saddle
Seatpoststeel seat post
AccessoriesCompatible with the Tilt transport cover
Extra FeaturesFront and rear battery-powered lights
Weight14.5 kg

Best Price for the BTwin Tilt 120 folding bike

Best price – £249.99 from Decathlon

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Bickerton Argent 1707 City Folding Bike

Price: £675


Go Outdoors have joined the folding bike band wagon and stock a number of models with the Bickerton the pick of the crop. For anyone looking to an alternative to the Brompton M3L folding bike this is a cracking option and an updated model from the 1808 Country model.

The Bickerton Argent 1707 City folding bike is a well specced lightweight bike weighing only 14kg.  The bike uses a 7-speed internal hub gearing system for when you’re commuting giving good flexibility for inner-city cycling.

The lightweight aluminium frame folds simply and quickly.  The folding mechanism means the bike can be collapsed in just 10 seconds.  This means the bike is an all-round versatile option for riding and travelling on a variety of transport.

Bickerton Argent 1707 City Specifications

Frame Argent Platform, Aluminium
ForkSteel Rigid Forks
Number of Gears7
Chain setShimano Nexus Hub
BrakesetAlloy V Brake
HandlebarsQuick folding
Wheelset20″ wheeels
TyreSchwalbe Impac Bigpac
SaddleComfort Gel Saddle
Weight14 kg

Best price for the Bickerton Argent 1707 City

Buy the Bickerton Argent 1707 City Folding Bike from Go Outdoors for £675 (Editor note – Go Outdoors are struggling to keep up with demand so stock is very short on these bikes. Noted January 2022)

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Change Bike folding mountain bike DF-812 Trail Pro

Price: £1799


Mountain bikes undergo more strain and challenge than a road bike.  Hence traditionally it has been incredibly hard to create an effective folding mechanism. Change Bike have been tackling this and developed their DF-812 Trail Pro MTB that we have fully tested to ensure it was worth including in this list. A folding mountain bike may not be a practical comparison for a Brompton but we wanted to give a breadth of options depending on your needs.

The frame has a unique folding system with two quick releases on the seat tube, undo these and the frame folds completely in half. Take the front wheel out, again with a quick release mechanism, and this then attaches to a discreet fixing on the seat stay. The pedals also have a quick release mechanism for easy removal. If you are able to manage the larger folded size this is a no-compromise bike when on and off-road.

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Change Bike Folding MTB Specification

SpeedsShimano Deore 20 Speeds
Sizes and Colours17″, 19″, 21″ / Dark Green, Light Blue, Matte Black
FrameAerospace-Grade Aluminium 7005 Double Butted, Taiwan Made
Front ForkFOX Performance 32 Float 27.5 FIT4, 1.5T Travel: 100mm
ShifterShimano Deore SL-M6000
Bottom BracketShimano Deore
Front DerailleurShimano Deore FD-M6025 2x10s
Rear DerailleurShimano Deore RD-M6000 10S
SprocketsShimano CS-HG500 11-42T
ChainShimano Deore
CranksetShimano Deore FC-M627 38x24T 170mm
BrakeShimano Deore BL-M615
WheelsMavic Crossride 27.5
TyreKenda 27.5 x 2.1
HandlebarAluminium, Barbore 31.8mm, Length 580mm
StemAluminium, 31.8mm x 55mm, Steerer: 28.6mm
Seat PostAluminium, 31.6mm x 300mm
SaddlePrologo Scratch Pro
PedalWellgo Bearing QRD C-128

Best Price for the Change Bike DF-812 Trail Pro

Buy the Change bike Folding Mountain Bike DF-812 Trail Pro for £1,799.00

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