building experience dates back to 1957 in England where his bikes were
used by the British National team and various pro pelotons. He was
by Reynolds to build the prototype frames of 753 tubing which were
in the Tour de France. In 1979, Moulton moved to the USA where he
built frames for the Fraysse family's "Paris Sport" marque before
on to southern California.
In the 1980s, in an attempt
to make a semi
custom frame at a lower price than his full custom bikes, Moulton
a more affordable model under the Fuso label. In the late 1980s
early 90s, Fusos were built by Moulton and Russell Denny (Russ
Bicycles, Temecula, CA) . Denny apprenticed eight years
Moulton and started his own line of custom built frames in 1995. Moulton left the bicycle business in 1993
and is presently an author. His web site is www.prodigalchild.net.
The bike pictured here
rare Fuso Lux
made out of Reynolds 753 tubing. According to Denny, the Lux
was made on a custom order basis and no more than 10 were built in any
one year. This particular example is rare even amongst the Lux model
only because Reynolds 753 was used for the frame material - depending
the size, Fusos were constructed out of Columbus SL, SP, SLX or SPX
tubing - but also lacks the chrome plated front derailleur hanger
and chrome plated right chain stay. The bike is outfitted with a
Mavic group and weighs in at 21 lbs without pedals. (The Shimano brake
levers pictured have since been replaced with anodized Mavic levers).
was introduced in 1976 and is simply the
heat treated version of the legendary 531 manganese - molybdenum
tubeset which was introduced in 1935. The ultimate tensile
of 735 is 179,200 psi compared to 121,000 psi for Columbus
SLX, a chrome molybdenum steel. To avoid overheating, causing
the tubeset must be silver soldered or
Reynolds 753 frame builders required
from Reynolds before becoming eligible to buy 753 tubesets. The 753
was discontinued in 2000.
SL, SLX, SP
and SPX are all chrome molybdenum steels known under the trade
Cyclex. Columbus SL and SP were discontinued in 1994. SP was a heavier
version of SL used on larger frames or in the seat tubes of frames made
for heavier riders. Columbus SLX and SPX differ from Sl and SP,
by having five helical reinforcements at the butted tube ends imparting
greater rigidity to the joint area.
Mavic single pivot with
brake levers by Modolo.
Mavic with clamp on
Mavic Open Pro 4CD rims
with Mavic sealed
hubs and skewers. Michelin Hi-Lite Supercomp H.D.
ITM Italia Super
Training. 40 cm c-to-c.
Frame and Fork:
Reynolds 753 tubeset.
49.5 cm seat tube
and 52.5 cm top tube (c-to-c). Chrome plated chain hanger and Columbus
dropout faces. Brake cable tunnel through top tube. Serial # 2126.
by CyclArt (Category 1).
Reynolds 753 with
Cinelli integrated fork
crown. Chrome plated Columbus dropouts faces.