“The Moulton bicycle was born out of my resolve to challenge and improve upon the classic bicycle, with its diamond frame and large wheels, which has locked bicycle design into that form since the pioneering work in England of Starley and others at the end of the 19th century”

Dr Alex Moulton CBE RDI FEng (9th April 1920 – 9th December 2012) was a highly respected English engineer and inventor, renowned worldwide for his expertise in suspension design.

The great-grandson of the rubber pioneer Stephen Moulton, he was educated at Marlborough and later at King’s College, Cambridge where he graduated in Engineering.

During the Second World War he was employed in the Engine Research Department of the Bristol Aeroplane Company where for two years he was personal assistant to Sir Roy Fedden, the Chief Engineer.

After the War he joined the family rubber company, Spencer Moulton and Co., where he became technical director and established a research department specialising in rubber suspension systems for vehicles.

In the late 1950s the family business was sold to the Avon Rubber Co. and Dr. Moulton founded Moulton Developments Limited to concentrate on creative design and suspension systems for vehicles. One of Moulton’s notable achievements from this period was the design, development and production of the suspension system for the iconic Mini, designed by his friend Sir Alec Issigonis. The combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels was one of the many innovative developments which allowed Issigonis to achieve the Mini’s overall small size.

In 1956, inspired by his automotive developments and prompted by the oil shock caused by the Suez Crisis, Dr. Moulton started work on the small wheeled bicycle and eventually in 1962, at the Earls Court Cycle Show, the first Moulton Bicycle was launched.

Moulton Bicycle Company


Alex Moulton CBE RDI FEng博士(1920年4月9日-2012年12月9日)は、サスペンション設計の専門知識で世界的に有名な、非常に尊敬されている英国のエンジニアおよび発明家でした。



戦後、彼は家族のゴム会社であるSpencer Moulton and Co.に加わり、そこでテクニカルディレクターになり、車両用のゴム製サスペンションシステムを専門とする研究部門を設立しました。

1950年代後半に、家業はエイボンラバー社に売却され、モールトン博士は、車両の創造的な設計とサスペンションシステムに専念するためにモールトンデベロップメントリミテッドを設立しました。 この時期のモールトンの注目すべき成果の1つは、友​​人のアレック・イシゴニス卿によって設計された象徴的なミニのサスペンションシステムの設計、開発、製造でした。 円錐形のゴム製スプリングと小さなホイールの組み合わせは、イシゴニスがミニの全体的な小さなサイズを実現することを可能にした多くの革新的な開発の1つでした。