Retrospec is a bicycle and component design, manufacture, and distribution company in downtown Los Angeles. Their company philosophy is simple: “we value quality and are committed to providing our customers with high-quality but affordable fixed-gear bicycles. We are dedicated to the minutia of bikes. We give all of our attentions to every element that shows up on our bikes for three reasons. First, because we ride and know how important these elements are. Second, because it’s the best thing to do. Third, in order to create fluid and powerful riding experiences for everyone.”
Their bikes are built with popular brand name components, with flawlessly designed steel frames. They are tig-welded by professionals to ensure that they ride comfortably and last for many years. All products are tested in-house for durability, performance, and safety.
The Retrospec Lineup
Designed to have options for everyone, Retrospec offers urban and city bikes, fixed-gear single speed bikes, cyclocross bikes, and rental bikes. In their urban line, they offer a variety of options from the single speed bike to a 14-speed bike. The Mars single-speed city bike is fully equipped for a complete ride. Sure it’s only a single-speed, but it never lacks for anything. Designed primarily for a ride across campus, down city streets, or along bike trails, it’s a smart choice. With its moderate price tag between $220-550, a quick bicycle commute or lazy weekend ride doesn’t have to break the bank.
The Speck SS is Retrospec’s foldable single-speed bike. It is equipped with a coaster brake, which allows a rider to stop easily by pedaling backward. Brake cables and shifters are unnecessary on this bike. It is easy to maintain, ride, carry, and stow away in small spaces. With ergonomic grips and the popular Retrospec saddle, riding this folding bike is smooth and comfortable. The Speck single-speed folding bike is great for commuting around the city and very easy to store in a cramped space. It is approximately 22 lbs and measures 10″x30″x22″ when it’s folded.
Perhaps one of the top stand-out features of this folding bike, when compared to other brands, is its slightly expanded ability to fit riders ranging from 4’8″ to 6’2″ & under 220 lbs. Some of the components worthy of noting are the NECO Black Headset, Alloy Straight Handlebars, 22.2 clamps, Kraton Rubber Ergonomic Grips, Retrospec UrbanComfort Saddle, Alloy Seatpost, 30.4, KMC Chain and Folding Pedals. Not included is a kickstand or a carrying bag. This bike prices in at $319.99 on their website.
Retrospec’s cyclocross bikes are a stylish way to add versatility to your rides. Their high-end bike is the Amok-16 UrbanCross. It has acquired a reputation of “beastliness” among its contemporaries. Equipped with16 gears, this bike can take you anywhere on and off the streets, maintaining its reputation as a perfect union of versatility, elegance, and control. The economical cross bike is the Amok V2. It’s a single-speed bike, redesigned for a harder, faster, better ride. This upgraded, convertible bike is capable of dominating track and road alike. The 4130 Chromoly frame is especially light and especially strong.
The Kenda Small Block 8 tires will carry you over a multitude of weather conditions, carefully gripping the whole way. Between the frame, beefy tires, and solid construction, it is a most versatile bike, taking you from potholed streets to craggy mountains.
Trust in Retrospec
With a full line of bikes, accessories, components, and a philosophy of committing the best to its customers, Retrospec is a company to be respected. Their bikes can be purchased in bike galleries and online, as well as through their company website directly.