(Excerpt from Retrospec)
Retrospec stuck to the classic tried-and-true diamond shape in this lightweight, hand-built, high-tensile strength steel frame with rack & fender braze-ons. All this and more makes for an absorbent, soft, easy to maintain ride ready for your daily commute. The Shimano rear derailleur and RevoShift grip shifter help you take control of your ride for smoother, faster, and easier transitions. Front and rear alloy brakes guarantee precise stopping. Beaumont’s robust 700x35C tires for reliable gripping and improved shock absorption.
At $260 pre-tax, the Beaumont is the cheapest new, fully professionally tuned up bicycle you can buy.
At this pricepoint, there are some cons of course.
Here's a few that we noticed:
The bike weighs around 28lbs. (size 50cm)
If you're planning on keeping up with the weekend warriors, forget it. Hauling it up three flights of stairs will also be a daunting task.
The parts are entry level.
This is kind of a given but don't expect racing-level shifting or tires that can pave through a trail of nails. The parts are fairly basic but the only components you should be focused on changing first is the tires. Higher end tires = less chance of punctures = less frustration!
It's not meant for speed!!
The geometry, weight, and components point this bike towards being used for leisure / commuting.
We're positive you could get a great workout with it as well biking along the Schuylkill River Trail, but don't expect to consistently push 22mph on this tank!
Overall, if you're looking for a solid commuter bike for as cheap as possible, this is your bike. It's cheap. It's tanky. It's assembled and tuned correctly.
|Frame||Hand-Built Diamond High-Tensile Strength Steel Frame with Rack & Fender Braze-Ons|
|Fork||High-Tensile Steel Classic Urban Fork|
|Rims/Wheels||700c Stars Deep-V Double-Wall Alloy Rim 30mm 32H|
|Tires||Kenda Kwest 700 x 35c|
|Crankset||Forged Alloy 44T 1-Piece Crankset|
|Chain||KMC Z50, 1/2” 3/32”|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano TX35|
|Shifters||Shimano 7-Speed Revoshift Grip-Twist Shifter|
|Handlebars||Alloy Riser City Bars 620mm, 60mm rise, 15° sweep, 25.4 Center|
|Stem||Alloy 30° Rise, 220mm, 25.4 Clamp|
|Brake Levers||Alloy Four Finger Lever|
|Brakes||Alloy Dual V-Caliper Brake|
|Pedals||Urban Pedal Alloy ½”|
|Seat Post||Alloy 25.4 x 300mm|
|Seat Binder||Alloy 28.6|
|Accessories & Extras||Rear Rack, Fenders, Bell|
* Subject to change without notice.