Alex Moulton saw drawbacks in the traditional diamond frame bicycle and decided he could improve upon it. He started experimenting with new designs in the 1950s and after a number of years of development the first Moulton was released in 1962. It incorporated a number of radical innovations for its time including the use of small wheels, front and rear suspension, and a low step-over “unisex” frame layout. The original Moulton design was quite successful, but for various reasons (related mostly to poor business decisions and plain bad luck) the company has gone through a number of ups-and-downs over the years.
From 1992 to 2005, through a licensing deal with Moulton, Pashey manufactured an economical version of the prohibitively expensive Alex Moulton AM called the Pashley-Moulton APB (for all-purpose bicycle). The APB was a success, but in 2005, after a 14-year run, it was redesigned and updated to be lighter and more performance oriented, the result being the Pashley-Moulton TSR.
The Pashley-Moulton TSR 2 is the belt-drive, two-speed version of the separable (not to be confused with foldable) TSR that features the Sturmey Archer S2C, 2-speed kick-shift hub with coaster brake. The overall ride is much like the other TSR models (quick and smooth with their small wheels and front and rear suspension), though the S2C hub does change the character of the bike while limiting its versatility. Advantages of the hub include simplicity (no cables to the rear of the bike), low maintenance, and light weight. Disadvantages include those you’d expect from a 2-speed drivetrain with a coaster brake.
The TSR 2 is a fun ride that will appeal to those who are interested in a classic Moulton “mini velo” but don’t have a need for the wide range gearing featured on the other TSR models.