Moulton Misconceptions
Cycling Today Article

The design of a Moulton bicycle is full of radical features that differ considerably from the traditional diamond pattern bicycle. These are regarded with a lot of scepticism and many misconceptions. So we'll put your mind at rest and answer the commonly asked questions....




Are small wheels slow?


Small wheels actually accelerate quicker than larger ones, but they do need bigger gears to keep them going at a decent speed. This means that standard-ratio cassettes give lower gears, making the Moulton a superb option for touring or hilly terrain.


Bet it's a bit sketchy around the corners?


Smaller wheels also lower a bike's centre of gravity, which makes for better handling characteristics. Short spokes and high-pressure tyres also have zero flex and are almost impossible to destroy; best of all, their rigidity makes them really responsive.


Do folding bikes flex?


First mistake - this is no folding bike. The Moulton frame is separable, NOT folding. The design makes the best use of the tubing to provide a stiff and responsive frame, and the by-product is that the frame separates and will fit into the boot of a Mini or an oversized suitcase. Convenient and as stiff as you like.


One frame size limits its uses


There are only a few people that this bike won't fit. One size means that the bike will suit just about everyone (from 5' 3" - 6' 4"), and the superbly-designed Moulton adjustable stem allows for plenty of handlebar height adjustment.


Small wheels get stuck in pot holes


That's what the suspension's for: it'll get you out of trouble and smooth the road. It actually means that longer rides are less tiring on contact points (hands and backside), and therefore long days in the saddle are no problem at all.


Full suspension bikes are for mountain bikers


Suspension is a whole new cycling can of nuts and bolts. But not according to the Moulton drawing board. The so-called design experts in the Mountain Bike world will rattle on and on about pivot points - 'activity' and suspension travel - as if they were the first to realise its potential. It's a buzz word jungle that has very little to do with cycling, and more to do with motor bikes. However, this is something that AM knows an awful lot about, and used no confusing industry mumbo jumbo to make the issue and accessible an easy to understand one. He pioneered the suspension bicycle in the 1960s and the full-suspension ATB in 1988.


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