Retrospec makes lifestyle bikes for casual, urban, city, and commuter riders. They are well-known for their fixed gear bikes but they also produce single-speed, three-speed, seven-speed, and 14-speed bikes in a range of styles. They are well built and elegantly styled, making them popular with both new and experienced cyclists.
Retrospec is a lifestyle bike brand that makes a range of fixed-gear and single-speed city and casual bikes. All the bikes in the range are designed for the pure love of cycling. The bikes are not about going fast or jumping high. Instead, they are about staying fit, helping the environment, and living life on two wheels.
The company is based in Los Angeles where it does its research and development work. It started off making fixed gear bikes, and it is probably most well-known for this style. It has now grown, however, to include a range of other bikes. This includes city and urban bikes in single-speed, three-speed, seven-speed, and 14-speed variations. It also makes folding bikes for commuters as well as a style it calls UrbanCross. These are beefed-up city bikes that can handle rougher tracks as well as smoothly paved roads.
The emphasis of all Retrospec bikes is on quality and style. Every component that is fitted to the range is handpicked by the team in LA, and tested at their in-house facilities. It is not a company that turns out machines as quickly and as cheaply as possible to sell in bulk. Instead, they are passionate about cycling and strive to make bikes that are affordable, comfortable to ride, and that stand the test of time. They also look fantastic, with a range of attractive styles and colors to choose from.
That passion for cycling is evident in Retrospec's commitment to furthering the fixed-gear bike style, whereby rider and machine have to work more harmoniously than with any other type of bike.
• Fixed Gear / Single-Speed - this is where it all started for Retrospec. Its offering today includes options with steel or aluminium frames, and includes the popular Mantra model range. Most of the range comes with a flip-flop hub so you can choose to ride as fixed gear or single-speed. The single-speed engages a freewheel, which allows you to cruise without pedaling.
• City / Urban - these stylishly designed bikes are built to look great and offer a comfortable ride. Every detail is carefully planned, from the luggage rack to the cushy saddle. There are step-through options to make getting on and off the bike easier, and a range of sizes. They come in single-, three-, seven-, or 14-speed options, and include the popular Kinney, Mars, and Venus model ranges.
• Folding Bikes - the Speck Folding Bike offers a comfortable ride with a stripped-down design that features coaster brakes. This reduces maintenance and makes the bike lighter. It folds away neatly for storing in small spaces.
• UrbanCross - this is Retrospec's commuter range. They are faster and more agile than the other bikes in the range, and are designed to handle off-road paths as well as paved roads.
In addition to bikes, Retrospec also offers accessories such as baskets, lights, pumps, and bottle cages.
Retrospec doesn't produce competition level bikes so is not involved in any team or rider sponsorships.