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Retrospec Beta Series Bike

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Retrospec Beta Series Bike

The Retrospec Beta Series is the ideal commuter bike with a hand built steel frame and horizontal dropouts, double wall rims, sealed bottom bracket, and brand name components throughout. Also included is a fixed-gear/single-speed bike that mixes speed and sleekness with performance and durability. Riding fixed or single-speed means low maintenance, simple and efficient design, and allows you to connect to the road in a way that other types of bicycles cannot do. All of our custom fixed gear bikes come with CST High Performance tires that will have you riding fast and smooth, and without having to worry about getting a flat on imperfect pavement!

Our fixies come in a variety of stunning signature color combinations, from the hot pink and electric blue Betty Davis to the black and red El Diablo made popular by celebrity soccer star and international icon David Beckham. No matter what your personality is, one of our Beta Series custom fixed gear bikes is sure to suit your individual style.

Retrospec’s Beta Series bike features silky smooth KT hubs with flip-flop hub on the rear wheel. The hub comes with a fixed-gear cog and a freewheel, so you can ride fixed or coast. Both front and rear wheels come with 32 spokes and are built with lightweight 41 mm Super Deep-V rims.Wheels that are deep enough for optimized performance but never too heavy. Our wheels also come with a resilient nylon rim tape and CST Super-HP tubes and tires (700x23c).

Retrospec is the only bicycle company in the world that can claim bar-spin clearance, no toe-overlap, and flat top tube all in one frame. All Beta Series Retrospec custom fixed gear bikes have bar-spin clearance on all size frames. If you aren't tricking out on your fixie now, you probably will someday soon because the Retrospec Beta Series makes it so easy. Our frames are uniquely designed to avoid any chance of a toe overlap and all our bicycles size 49 cm and larger come with a flat top tube for a traditional track-style frame.

Retrospec Beta Series Bike Features

  • Hand Built Tig-Welded "UrbanComfort" Design High Tensile Strength Steel Frame and Fork with Bar spin Clearance, Horizontal Drop Outs, and No Toe Overlap
  • 43mm Double Wall Super Deep-V Alloy Rims with Alloy Hubs
  • Rear Flip Flop Hub including fixed-gear and freewheel cog
  • Brakes: Alloy Front and Rear Promax Radius Lever Brakes
  • Tires: CST High Performance Road Tires 700x23
  • Fork: Tig Welded 1 inch Threaded
  • Handlebar: Lightweight Alloy Riser Bar 520mm, 22.2
  • Stem: Alloy Promax
  • Crank: Forged Steel 3-piece 165mm 48 tooth, Alloy chain ring
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed Bearing NECO
  • Pedals: Well-Go Alloy cage with toe clips
  • Rims: Alloy Double Wall 32 hole with black stainless steel spoke
  • Hub Rear: Quando alloy 16-tooth freewheel and fix gear
  • Hub Front: Quano alloy
  • Seat Collar: Alloy
  • Seatpost: Steel 25.4
  • Grips: Kraton Rubber
  • Weight: 24 lbs
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Retrospec Beta Series Bike
 
3.0

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1.0

wait of time and money

By Rick

from California

About Me Bike Messenger

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor Construction
    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments about Retrospec Beta Series Bike:

    is a heavy bike with poor components

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Not Bad for the $

    By Faard

    from Reno, NV

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Cheap
    • Durable
    • Head-turner
    • Simple

    Cons

    • Components Not Sized
    • Heavy
    • No Water Bottle Braze Ons
    • Tiny Toe Clips

    Best Uses

    • Bar hopping
    • Commuting/City
    • Pretending To Be Hipster

    Comments about Retrospec Beta Series Bike:

    You really can't complain about this bike at the price I bought it for. I got the chrome model and it is a really good looking ride. Yes, it is a cheap bike, and it comes with some cheap components. Suck it up and replace them as you go. I already swapped out the pedals for some cheap BMX style. My biggest beef is not having water bottle braze-ons. There is no excuse for that. The frame is heavy, but it's solid with plenty of clearance for wider tires. Speaking of which, the 23 mm road tires are a little skinny and harsh for city commuting. 28 or 32 mm would be a better choice. I bought the large 57 cm size, which = 22.5". That's a big bike, it should come with 175 mm crank arms instead of 170 mm, and the little micro stem is a joke for that size frame. The other reviewer also noted that the large frame felt cramped. That's because they use the same little stem for all the sizes. I will be swapping out for a longer stem with a little more rise. I can't quite get used to narrow bars, so I will probably go to a wider set as well. Other than those little nit-picks, this bike is strong and fun to ride... It will get noticed as well.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    FUN BIKE

    By JK

    from Tustin, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fixed Or Singel Speed
    • Fun to Ride
    • Inexpensive
    • Looks great

    Cons

    • Xl Size Is Cramped

    Best Uses

    • Fun Bike

    Comments about Retrospec Beta Series Bike:

    This is a fun bike. I purchased it for a easy bike to ride to the bank or the the store. Its perfect for that. Fun to ride and looks great. ( chrome option )

    I do think the top tube length is super short and put you in a weird riding position but maybe I'm just used to my other bikes. I but a longer stem and moved the seat as far back as I could and its a bit better. Would not recommend for rides longer than 10 miles.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Bang for your buck!

    By Jenni

    from Houston, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flipflop
    • Good handling
    • High profile rims
    • Large chain ring
    • Light Weight

    Cons

    • Brake shoe can be better
    • Cant attach bottle holder

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments about Retrospec Beta Series Bike:

    I use the Retrospec Beta (Betty Davis) to commute around inner Houston. Its lightweight frame lets me accelerate quickly and handle well. It has a flip/flop hub which means you have the choice to ride it fixed gear or free. I have the Betty Davis with the pink frame, and blue and white rims, and I've gotten numerous compliments on it. Because of its good looks, it's a thief magnet, so please be sure to get a good U-lock and keep it safe!
    I was a little disappointed in Retrospec for not putting any holes in the frame to accomodate a bottle holder, but it's a minor detail that didn't stop me from buying the bike.
    Like any other bike with high profile rims, you'll need to be sure that it's strictly used for the road, and that hitting one too many potholes (something Houston roads are notorious for) will send you to the bike shop looking for new tubes.
    It's a great entry level road bike, and I don't think you'll get a better deal! The bike parts that come with it are not of cheap quality, but also not top performance, obviously. It's at a good middle ground. A bike you intend on using for more than the weekend should be an investment because you want it to carry you in good hands for miles, and this bike defnitely does so!

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