- Tom Hull — Projects
Having started his career designing engines at the Bristol Aeroplane Company during World War 2, Alex Moulton joined the family rubber manufacturing firm, George Spencer Moulton & Co., in 1945 to head up a new research team.
As a trained engineer, it was his resulting developments in rubber suspension that saw him design the revolutionary system in British Motor Corporation's new small car, the Mini.
The use of conical rubber-spring suspension, coupled with small wheels, which played a large part in the Mini's overall size, was the basis for his personal endeavour into bicycle design in the late 1950s.
In 1962 the Moulton Bicycle Company launched it's first bike, the 'Speed', which was notably used in breaking the Cardiff to London record only 2 months after its launch. Moulton quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive cycling industry, only to be later ruled out by cycling's governing body, the UCI, for unfair advantages gained by the reduced rolling resistance of the bike's small wheels.
Widely recognised as the principal producer of small-wheeled, front and rear suspension bicycles, the Moulton design has enjoyed extensive acclaim, and has a worldwide following as dedicated as it's British workforce.
The innovative bikes continue to be hand made using the same concepts and methods on which they were founded, on it's original Bradford on Avon premises in Wiltshire, in a property dating back to the early 1600s.