The Alex Moulton Heritage
Alex Moulton, the archetypal English Engineer-Inventor was great friends with Alex Issigonis, who famously designed the iconic original Mini. Dr Moulton designed the suspension system.
And so a fascination for small wheeled transport began
The fundamental challenge of the Mini was how to create a car that could seat four adults but was small and compact. THe answer was to use small wheels. However, that introduced its own challenges. Small wheels result in a more bumpy ride unless you can implement effective suspension.
The genius of Alex Moulton was how he achieved that. The rest is history.
Alex Moulton was also fascinated at the shortcomings in bicycles, the fundamental design had never really changed since the demise of the Penny Farthing.
He felt that by utilising small wheels - and narrow high pressure tyres - you could design a high perfroming, compact bicycle, that was also super comfortable to ride. And at the same time, remove the traditional high top tub that makes it awkward for femal and older riders. Traditional step through bicycles suffer from compromised frame performance.
And so the birth of Moulton bicycles, the famous F-Frame appearing in 1962, as much a symbol of the Swinging Sixties in London as the Beatles, the Mini-Skirt and Carnaby Street.
Since then, The Moulton Bicycle - the original full-suspension, separable, small-wheeled, high performance bicycle, has maintained its world renown for speed, efficiency, durability and comfort.
Expertly engineered for over 50 years and handcrafted in England, these bicycles are the world's most efficient form of transport - designed for universal use, real performance and comfort.
Heritage plus 21st Century Innovation
The Moulton bicycle is a unique design with many features that set it apart from other bicycles. Back in the 1950s, Alex Moulton defined the key features of the Moulton bicycle - small wheels, suspension, stiff unisex frame, adaptability to suit intended use, and innovation in design, engineering and manufacture.
Today, these principles still hold true, but the resulting bicycle is improved in every way - lighter, stiffer, faster and more comfortable, as well as easier to transport by road, rail or air.
Moulton’s new models all draw from the first principles of design that Alex Moulton created - but have been brought up to date so our riders enjoy the very best possible contemporary ride experience.
Benefits of Small Wheels
Small wheels with high pressure tyres have been integral to the Moulton design from the beginning. The combination of the lower rolling resistance of high pressure tyres and the lower aerodynamic drag of small wheels, allows the bicycle to go faster with less effort.
In contrast to large bicycle wheels, the smaller Moulton wheels are immensely strong. Their lower moment of inertia allows faster acceleration and more responsive steering. Smaller wheels also reduce the overall length of the bicycle, making it compact and easier to transport.
In order to accommodate the hard ride of the ultra-rigid frame, strong wheels and high pressure tyres, full suspension has been a mandatory feature of all Moulton bicycles. This coupling of advanced suspension and small wheels provides superior comfort and road holding.
Moulton bicycle suspension has been continually developed for over 40 years, constantly refined to maximise rider comfort and efficiency. The Hydrolastic® suspension on the New Series Moultons features a rubber spring with adjustable fluid damping. The Flexitor® front suspension system utilizes rubber in torsion, eliminating lubrication, wear, and 'stiction.' This provides unparalleled shock isolation and a uniquely silky ride.
As with other vehicles, bicycle frame stiffness is a key element of performance. Lateral rigidity is vital, as any of the rider's energy spent flexing a frame is lost. A stiff frame also ensures accurate wheel tracking for secure road holding and cornering stability.
The unique Moulton space frame, a highly engineered lattice of small diameter tubes, is far stiffer than a conventional diamond frame. This frame architecture fits riders of all sizes and the low step-through allows the bike to be mounted with ease by both sexes. The low weight and high stiffness of the Moulton frame produces a ride that is lively and amazingly efficient.
Separable and Adaptable
All Moulton bicycles are inherently more compact and most feature separable frames for storage or transport. This separability introduces no compromises other than a little extra weight; there is no loss of stiffness or ride quality. When disassembled, the two halves of a Moulton fit easily in the boot of a car or travel case. The New Series Moultons separate further into five parts for even more compact stowage and airline transport. The separable frame takes just 3-5 minutes to disassemble or assemble.
The design of the Moulton and its accessories is such that the same bicycle can be used for laden touring, performance cycling or urban use - dressed for travel or stripped for action as required.
The Moulton's frame and forks are hand-brazed in the UK by our small team of highly skilled craftsmen. Its unique construction demands special jigs and fixtures designed MoultonFeature_Qualityand made in-house, as are the Moulton suspension systems and other Moulton parts.
Moulton frames are designed to last, with many bicycles having been ridden for over 50 000 miles. The high level of workmanship, together with fatigue reducing suspension, ensure that the bicycles maintain their performance and value for many years.