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Moulton Bicycle

an important step in bicycle design South West,

 Bicycle with small wheels and larger white frame.
Raleigh 'Moulton MK3' bicycle, 1970. Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library.

In 1962 Alex Moulton (1920-2012) exhibited a new type of bicycle at the Earls Court Cycle show. His bike, with a novel 'F' frame design, not only introduced and proved the concept of full-size bicycles with small wheels, but also used front and rear suspension systems for improved comfort and performance.

Alex Moulton had worked at Bristol Aeroplanes during WW2 and used his experience in aeronautics, as well as in automotives to create the first Moulton bicycle. The suspension used in his bikes was directly influenced by work he had done designing, developing and producing the suspension system for the iconic Mini. 

Within a year, Moulton Bicycles, based in Bradford-on-Avon was the second-largest frame builder in the country with the Moulton bicycle acting as a forerunner to other small-wheeled bikes, such as the folding Brompton bike.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Decade
Type
Engineering,
Region
South West
Location
Key Individuals
Alex Moulton,