Moulton TSR 10: A Rider's Experience
Last review, I wrote about the Moulton Jubilee Veloce and took it out for a spin.
Speaking to InnovariSport and their invite to test ride the TSR series, I was kind of hesitant as I already have the top of the line Moulton experience and am kind of a snob (LoL).
After much persuasion from Innovari and their pitch of WHY you should look at the TSR10 right after you have had a go at the Tern Verge X10 and Tyrell FX, their explanation was that they feel the TSR9 while a great basic bicycle, could be improved upon – both in terms of performance and looks.
I was concerned that the Moulton TSR’s do not fold, however, it is a simple process to break the bike down by separating the front and back. So easy to store or to get into the boot of my car.
The Moulton TSR range
There are currently many options of the TSR, distinguished mainly by the number of gears they have. The simplest bike in the range is a two-speed “kick shift” with an integrated back-pedal brake, belt drive, and straight handlebars, while the most complex is a 30-speed derailleur model with drop handlebars.
The features of the Moulton TSR
The TSR is made by one of the few remaining British cycle manufacturers, the Moulton Bicycle Company. While the design has evolved since the 1960s, the following features have remained constant:
A light-weight frame which fits riders of various sizes and provides a low step-through (great for oldies with stiff hips, or tight skirts, or both). The early bikes had a monocoque “F” frame, but this has evolved into a beautifully engineered lattice of thin tubes making up a “space frame”. It has great stiffness and ride quality and it separates into two pieces for storage or transport.
20” wheels. Small wheels are strong, they allow fast acceleration (because of a lower moment of inertia) and they provide responsive steering. They give this bike a low centre of gravity, making it stable when carrying loads. Finally, small wheels make for a compact bike that is easy to transport.
High pressure tyres which reduce rolling resistance.
Full suspension, providing a remarkably comfortable ride even on uneven surfaces, despite the high pressure tyres.
TSR - It stands for Touring, Sportive and Rambling. Back to the review:
I was handed a TSR10, it kind of looked different, kind of looked modern as it now has Wheelsport wheels, Shimano Tiagra transmission and matching cable housing but it still had a Brooks B17 copper rail (standard is Selle Royal) and a FSA single chainring and FSA crank on it.
I never did like the old kit that came standard on the TSR 8 or even the 27 so I was glad someone finally did something. Here is what the local Distributor did:
Conclusion – Nice and a great improvement in this department. But does it ride well?
For the ride, I fitted a Rido LT to see if the combination of suspension and lightweight saddle would make a difference. I took it over the weekend and went for 50km ride again through PCNs, roads and even some unbeaten road and the verdict is: NICE.
In the weight department it lost to the weight weenies dominated by Dahon and Tyrell but it closed the gap on the Verge X10 in the weight category.
I just loved the suspension found on these bikes. You do not get joint aches, the plush ride reduces fatigue and the new wheels roll very well. And at the new price of just S$2,990, it places itself just S$100 - $200 between a fast 10 speed bike with road suspension against the jarring aluminium based designs from Tern, Tyrell and Dahon. I love the way it looks for me.
Not your standard cookie cutter production model roll out of the factory but one that you can truly call - MINE.
And for another S$500 to $800, you can convert this TSR10 into a TSR 20 speed dropbar tourer!
That’s going to save significant cost on your wallet when you compare it to any top of the line 22 speed steed that will cost in excess of S$4,000.
And the racks you can buy from Moulton are just fabulous looking for any bike.
Like the Distributor says - WORTH considering.