1989 Moulton ATB

One of 361 Moulton ATB frames made between 1988 and 1992.  The Moulton is probably one of the earliest full suspension designs with the leading link type fork and rubber rear suspension.  The smaller 20" wheels made for a stronger wheel but they would fall into "V" shaped ravines much easier than traditional 26" wheels.    The hairpin style frame allowed for a lower top tube which would give more clearance when dismounting, especially useful when riding off-road.  The frame is easily taken apart for transport.  A single tie rod connects the head tube to the bottom bracket.  After removing the head tube bolt, it unscrews from the bottom bracket stud.  The main frame Allen bolt would then be removed and, after disconnecting the cables, the frame would break in two. 

The serial number 838001 decodes into (8)=1988, (38)=38th week of the year and (001) is the first bike of that week.  Even with a 1988 production date, the components are from the 1989 model year so we are listing it as a 1989 bike.

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Frame Reynolds 531
Fork Moulton suspension
Rear Shock Moulton
Rims Araya 7X
Hubs Shimano Deore XT 7 speed cassette
Spokes Stainless Steel 3 cross
Tires Comp III style 20 x 2.125"
Pedals Shimano Deore XT
Crank Shimano Deore XT M730 Biopace
Chain Shimano
Rear Cogs Shimano Deore XT cassette 7 speed
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore XT
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore 7 speed thumb shifters mounted to Deore XT clamps
Handlebars Salsa
Stem Sakae
Headset Unknown
Brake set Shimano Deore XT cant front with rear U brake
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT 4 finger
Saddle Avocet Touring II
Seat Post Sakae head, Moulton shaft
Colors Yellow
Size 19" nominal
Serial #   838001 A T


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