Best Retrospec Bikes (Reviews) of 2020

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5/5

Retrospec Mantra Fixie Bicycle

  • Lightweight steel frame
  • Fixed gear and single speed
  • Sturdy design
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5/5

Retrospec Harper

  • Awesome for daily commutes
  • Premium construction
  • Assembly is straightforward
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5/5

Retrospec Mars Hybrid

  • Standard wheels
  • Three speed options
  • Commuting accessories

Retrospec offers affordable yet high-performance bikes that work well on the road and offer easy commuting solutions.

Retrospec bikes are designed with the urban commuter in mind. Their bikes offer affordable solutions with premium components installed. Bikes by Retrospec are just as convenient for recreational cyclists and cost a little more than decent used bikes. Since consumers don’t know much about Retrospec bikes and the features they offer, this guide reviews the best Retrospec bikes to help you decide the right product to buy for your commute or recreational travel.

Reviews of the Best Retrospec Bikes

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1. Retrospec Mantra Fixie Bicycle

The Retrospec Mantra Fixie Bicycle is our best overall pick for Retrospec bikes. Most bikes today come with a single definite gearing system. The Retrospec Mantra breaks this paradigm and signals a shift in the standard. Retrospec has fitted an unusual hub on the Mantra’s rear wheel that features a single speed gear on one side and a fixed gear on the other side. It is easy for riders to switch between the two by just flipping the wheel around. The wheels for the Mantra are bolted onto the frame rather than attached through a quick mechanism. This change in wheel attachments is to make tire theft more difficult. Flipping the tires around with this arrangement is a bit hard, but can be done with a wrench in your hands.

The frame for this bike is made entirely out of steel. The steel frame is strong and can hold the rider along with a couple of loaded side bags. The sturdiness of the frame is no reason for you to assume that it is heavy as well. The bicycle weighs less than some other aluminum models and won’t come in your way for longer commutes. The double-walled super deep-V rims by Stars could easily look at home on a much more expensive bike. The wheels offer aerodynamic features and work well with the front brakes to assist you in traffic. Retrospec has gone for large and flat pedals in the Mantra, which are better suited for commuters than they are for recreational riders.

Why We Like It
  • Lightweight steel frame
  • Fixed gear and single speed
  • Sturdy design
Our Verdict

The Mantra is definitely one of its kind. The Retrospec Mantra Fixie Bicycle offers an amazing frame along with high quality tires and gearing system, making it our best overall pick.

Editor Rating

5/5
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2. Retrospec Harper

Retrospec Harper is one of Retrospec’s premium quality bikes. The Harper comes with a premium hand-built frame, made out of sturdy tensile steel. The materials used in the construction of the frame exude quality and keep customers satisfied. With a good suspension and sturdy frame, Harper feels smooth even on bumpy roads and trails. Since the frame absorbs all shocks without any problem, you won’t feel any jumps or bumps. The Kenda 700 x 28C Kwest tires run this bike like a horse and go well with the standard deep-V 30mm rims. The aesthetics are perfect to look at.

With its high-level fork, KMC chain, and VP freestyle pedals, the Harper can easily perform in less than 220 lbs of load. This bike provides a massive load capacity without failing to perform or meet your standards. The bike comes with 34 inches of standover and can work conveniently for people touching 6 feet.

Why We Like It

  • Awesome for daily commutes
  • Premium construction
  • Assembly is straightforward

Our Verdict

Not many bikes today provide the quality and performance of the Retrospec Harper. Its high-quality features make it our premium choice bike.

Editor Rating​

5/5
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3. Retrospec Mars Hybrid

Retrospec’s Mars Hybrid does a great job of blending some of the urban commuting features of the Mantra with the more traditional features of a hybrid bicycle. The Mars Hybrid is one of Retrospec’s coming of age products and provides an amalgam between cross country bikes and road bikes. The bike is comfortable to ride on but lacks the quickness and agility of the Mantra’s lightweight frame. Even with its shortcomings, the Mars Hybrid is a steal at its price.

The Mars hybrid comes in three different versions with different gearing systems. Unlike the Mantra, you do not have a reversible hub here. You can buy the Mars in a single-speed, three-speed, or seven-speed variant, based on your preferences and the level of steep hilliness where you will be riding your bike. The bike comes with a kickstand, a rear saddlebag cage, front and rear fenders, a bell, and a lot more.

Why We Like It
  • Standard wheels
  • Three speed options
  • Commuting accessories
Our Verdict

The Retrospec Mars Hybrid is a cross between mountain bikes and road bikes. The vintage style, aesthetic design and decent gearing system make the Retrospec Mars Hybrid our best-value pick.

Editor Rating

5/5

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4. Retrospec Mantra V2

The Retrospec Mantra V2 is the updated version of the Mantra we discussed earlier in this list. The updated version of the Mantra fails to innovate per se but offers a few changes from the original bike. The biggest difference between Mantra and Mantra V2 is that V2 offers you the option of choosing between either the single speed rear hub and reversible fixed gear or a traditional seven-speed setting on the rear wheel.

The V2 also provides rear caliper brakes to ensure the balance during emergency braking scenarios. The Mantra V2 improves upon the original Mantra to offer better shifting and rear braking. The bike can prove to be a good option if you are willing to splash the extra dough.

Why We Like It
  • Seven-speed gear version
  • Rear caliper brake
  • Flatter and lighter pedals
Our Verdict

The updated version of the Mantra series takes a step above the original Mantra, albeit with an increase in cost as well. The bike has amazing features and is still conveniently priced in comparison to the market standards.

Editor Rating

4.5/5

5. Retrospec Venus Dutch Step-Thru

The Venus Dutch follows a different frame size and design to some of the other Retrospec bikes. The Venus Dutch is designed to ensure comfort and comes with a low seat post that has further been reclined backward. The reclining seat post ensures that the handlebars are facing upwards and you have to reach upwards for them, rather than bending forward. The new position is not meant for aggressive experiences and is more suitable for shorter commutes across town.

The Venus Dutch is currently available in single-speed, three-speed, or seven-speed versions. Not many people opt for the latter because it is already difficult to climb hills with a relaxed position. The frame also makes it easy for riders to straddle the bike in a standing position – this is perfect for traffic stops in busy city commutes.

Why We Like It
  • Comfortable for short rides
  • Hybrid wheels
  • Narrower flat pedals
Our Verdict

Biking is a great way to commute across the city and the Venus Dutch gives you just the commuting experience you require.

Editor Rating

4.5/5

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where are Retrospec bikes made?

 

Retrospec is an urban bike company with headquarters in Los Angeles. The manufacturers happen to be big bike enthusiasts themselves, which is why their models are respected locally and internationally.

Are Retrospec bikes delivered as assembled?

Almost all Retrospec bikes arrive 85 percent assembled. To get your bike in running shape, you will have to attach the pedals, front wheels, saddle and handlebars. All tools for assembling your purchase are inside the box.

Are Retrospec bikes good?

Retrospec bikes come with excellent components and features. The manufacturers try to innovate in design, which is why some of their models have cutting edge technology and features. The prices are also affordable for most buyers.

The Final Word

Retrospec offers affordable yet high-performance bikes that work well on the road and offer easy commuting solutions. The Retrospec Mantra Fixie Bicycle offers an amazing frame along with high quality tires and gearing system, making it our best overall pick. Not many bikes today provide the quality and performance of the Retrospec Harper. Its high quality features make it our premium choice bike. The vintage style, aesthetic design and decent gearing system make the Retrospec Mars Hybrid our best-value pick.

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