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Old 03-25-12, 01:59 PM
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Moulton Question

I'm new to Moultons and their pricing...this seems high, but I don't really know. What do these typically sell for?

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/2914975646.html

Alex Moulton Spaceframe Beauty - $1900 (petaluma)
Date: 2012-03-24, 5:38PM PDT
Reply to: rf3j8-2914975646@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


As the pictures document, this is a pretty damn-near pristine Moulton APB 9-speed.

I bought it about five years ago from the original owner; he purchased it in the U.K., to his specifications.
I forget the exact year of manufacture (2000, I think) , but I'll root around in my papers. . .

This is not the "separable" model, nor the AM model which uses arcane 17" wheels, or some such. These are common 20"
sized wheels and tires (406) which are used by Dahon, Bike Friday, recumbents. . . The wheelset is however, pretty trick:
Aerospoke--I'll let you google/price what these wheels alone cost!

I had another Moulton which I rode; I bought this one for my wife. . . but she never rides it, hence the sale.

Specifics:
--"One size fits (nearly) all." It is adjusted now for my six feet. . . My wife is 5'-0" and she can comfortably ride it too.
--Reynolds 531 "Designer Select" tubing.
--9-speed SRAM derailleur with twist grip shifting. (Front derailleur is only there as a 'chain keeper': to prevent the chain from falling off.)
--Titanium flat--well, they do have a very slight (made that way) bend in them--handlebars.
--Jeffrey Richman fillet brazed stem.
--Brand new Brooks B17 black saddle.
--Front and rear racks (the front has a little wear since it came off my older Moulton).
--The matching rear bag shown in some of the pics is not included in the base price (We can talk about it, but I know this would fetch a pretty penny on eBay).
--Front and rear suspension, of course.
--Beautiful deep purplish-blue paint job.
--Tektro V-brakes and levers.
--Cane Creek barends.
--Kickstand.
--Flat pedals (not pictured).
--A bell!
























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Old 03-25-12, 02:05 PM
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Yes being hand made and rare in the bike world and the bay area bike world being what it is.

that may be a price to jump on or lose the easy to go see purchase.
as all CL buys are a go and look Bene Sugg.
[oh you are on the other coast , so this is just not going to happen]

slick wheels .. 406 is a common wheel size . build different wheels .
got the luggage racks included too.

the folding bike section has Moulton Connoisseurs posting on it.
https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-Folding-Bikes

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I always liked the space framed version that could be taken apart. Looks very cool not cheap, and I have no idea how much a new one would be.
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Yes being hand made and rare in the bike world and the bay area bike world being what it is.

that may be a price to jump on or lose the easy to go see purchase.
as all CL buys are a go and look Bene Sugg.
[oh you are on the other coast , so this is just not going to happen]

slick wheels .. 406 is a common wheel size . build different wheels .
got the luggage racks included too.

the folding bike section has Moulton Connoisseurs posting on it.
https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-Folding-Bikes
I'm not finding their comments on it...direct post link?
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WOW this is funky! It looks like something Erkel would use.

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I'm finding it oddly appealing. I just need to make sure that I pay a number I can get back if/when I want to move it on.
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Compared to a NEW one, of which there are some really interesting and expensive ones...
This might be a reasonable price.

https://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/models.html
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So, I did a little research and these APBs are cheaper models with a price point focus. I'm not dropping that kind of money without knowing a LOT more.
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Sorry but I am curious. This bike does not fold up? Then what is the purpose of the frame design and small wheels? I guess I don't get it.

Very cool looking though.
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Moulton was a proponent of small wheeled bikes as riding better and being easier to store. I've never ridden one, but I am a little curious about them. The land-speed unassisted bicycle speed record was set by a Moulton and they were banned from competition because the focus was supposed to be on the rider, not machinery advancement. The thing is, I'd have to buy this at a price I can DEFINITELY recoup if/when I get rid of it, and I have no confidence that $1900 is fair market.
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