TSR Series & TSR 10
The first step into the world of Moulton is the TSR. Engineered for comfort and control, the iconic Moulton spaceframe concept is both incredibly strong and amazingly light.
Ride it. Love it. Moulton Comfort.
The Moulton TSR series is entry level to the concept of Moulton bicycles.
With its classic Moulton features of spaceframe construction and front and rear suspension, the TSR embodies a rigid frame with a super comfortable ride yet remaining a bicycle that is stable to ride even at speed.
The TSR platform comes in a number of configurations and is highly customisable, designed around the use of standard components.
While not foldable, the TSR series, like all Moultons except those designated "Speed" is separable. Quick work soon breaks the bicycle down for easy storage or transporation
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Through our dealers on online, we offer what we call the TSR 10. TRS framekit, married to Shimano Tiagra 10 speed groupset and Wheelsports Sunny 406 wheelsets, the TSR 10 not only uses uprated components but looks sharp and contemporary.
The following rider review recounts the experience of riding this lovely looking machine.
Last review, I wrote about the Moulton Jubilee Veloce after I took it out for a spin.
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 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:
Frame: always light-weight 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 “spaceframe”. 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 and encourage easy fast riding.
Full suspension: providing a remarkably comfortable ride even on uneven surfaces, despite the high pressure tyres – and without any loss of performance!
TSR: It stands for Touring, Sportive and Rambling. Back to the review:
TSR 10 in Royal Red: 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, the one I rode had a Brooks B17 copper rail saddle (the standard TSR10 comes with Selle Royal) with FSA single chainring and FSA crank.
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 to really allow the genius of the frame to shine.
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 - S$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.
Your standard cookie cutter production model roll out of the factory but one that you can truly call - MINE.
Speaking to Innovarisport and their invite to test ride the TSR series, I was kind of hesitant as I already had enjoyed the top of the line Moulton experience.
After persuasion from Innovari and their pitch of WHY you should look at the TSR 10 (right after I had a go at the Tern Verge X10 and Tyrell FX) their explanation was that they felt that the TSR 9, 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.
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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.
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