Sir Alex Moulton Passed Away
Dr. Alexander Eric Moulton (CBE), pioneer of the British cycling scene, passed away peacefully in the company of his family and staff on Sunday evening, 9th December 2012, at the age of 92. Alex Moulton invented the Moulton full suspension mini – space-framed – bikes which he launched in 1962 after a career in the automotive industry.
Next to the Moulton small wheeled bikes Sir Alex was famous for his invention of the ‘Hydrolastic’ and ‘Hydragas’ rubber suspension systems employed in over twelve million British cars from the original Mini to the MGF.
Educated at Marlborough and Cambridge, Alex Moulton worked at Bristol Aeroplanes as assistant to Sir Roy Fedden during WW2. In 1945 he joined the family firm, Bradford on Avon rubber manufacturers Spencer Moulton, to lead a new research team. His collaboration with Sir Alec Issigonis resulted in the Moulton suspension systems.
Moulton still built by hand
Moulton bicycles are still built by hand in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, UK. The Moulton Bicycle Company, currently employing 17 people, is headed by Shaun Moulton, the 45 year old great-nephew of founder Alex Moulton. The company is now in the hands of Pashley Cycles, England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer founded in 1926 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon.