We’re going to show you how to do a Brompton 6 to 3 speed conversion!
Watch the video to learn how, or read the step-by-step instructions below:
Bromptons come in different gear options:
- 1 speed (discontinued for 2021).
- 2 speed – 2 sprockets and a derailleur.
- 3 speed – Sturmey Archer Hub Gear –BSR.
- 6 speed – a combination of the Sturmey Archer BWR hub and a 2 speed derailleur.
Why do a Brompton 6 to 3 speed conversion?
It partially comes from a question we had about Brompton Electric. Can they be changed to 3 speed?
The answer is yes! And here’s the result of doing so:
- Cleaner look without the derailleur mechanism.
- Simpler with less gear levers / combinations.
- Wide range 3 speed compared to the standard 3 speed.
Here are the steps necessary to do the 6 to 3 speed conversion:
- Remove old chain tensioner.
TIP: Remove tension.
TOOLS REQUIRED: 15 mm spanner.
- Remove wheel – including fixings and chain tensioner.
Here’s a video we made earlier telling you how to do it:
TIP: Remove air from tire so it will fit between the brake blocks.
Here’s some information about the inside of the Sturmey Archer hub:
- Remove old sprocket stack (Tools required: Small flat head screwdriver).
TIP: Whenever you change your sprockets, change your chain.
- Clean wheel inside to get warm.
- Install new sprocket stack (QRSPRSTACK-BWR3).
- Remove chain pusher, etc.
- Shorten chain (use chain link pliers to remove the master link, and chain tool to cut two links).
- Rejoin the chain.
Link to chain choice and installation
- Install wheel.
- Install new chain tensioner and set up gears.
Hub gear setup
- Remove gear shifter.
- Get out and ride (once the snow stops).
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