First proposed in 1987 by Norwich based bicycle designer Mike Burrows, the original design of this bicycle was rejected by many British bicycle manufacturing companies as the monocoque frame was deemed illegal by the UCI for use in competitive cycling events.
This model, the APB (All-Purpose Bicycle), was designed to bring the Moulton line to a larger market achieved by using off-the-shelf components rather than the custom tires, wheels, and inner tubes found on the original Moultons.
Schwinn made tandems on their Paramount production line from 1969-1979. The Paramount name was reserved for top-of-the-line Schwinns. Today, this factory continues to make bicycles under the name Waterford Precision Cycles.
In the late 1980s, Alaskan frame builders began experimenting with custom components and design to create a bicycle with a large tire contact patch for greater control on snow; as a result, the fatbike was born.