Posted June 5, 2014 by in Folding Bike Reviews
 
 

Retrospec Speck Folding Single-Speed Bike Review

Retrospec Speck Folding Single-Speed BikeRetrospec Speck Folding Single-Speed Bike folded downThe Retrospec Speck Folding SS Bike is a really minimalist simple folding bike without many pop-out features, which interestingly enough was what originally drew me to this folding bike. I’ve never really been a big fan of folding bikes, though I’ve honestly never owned one. I’ve seen many of my friends that are avid bike enthusiasts spend a good deal of money of a folding bike just to have it break a few months down the road.

This year I got a job in another city and had to leave my bike over at my mom’s house and move into a tiny apartment. I found myself missing my bike and decided I needed a smaller replacement. I ended up purchasing the Retrospec Speck Folding Single-Speed, because it seemed like a durable bike that would last.

I was right, this bike has been ridden all over town by me and apart from a few cosmetic scratches that are to be expected with us this bike looks and feels like the day I bought it. The Retrospec Speck bike frame is really light aluminum and weights around 22 pounds. The lacks traditional breaks and shifters that are found on a lot of other folding bike models. To me this was a plus because they parts seem to be the main ones that I’ve seen get ruined on most folding bikes. This bike instead breaks by pedaling backward, these types of breaks are called coaster brakes and work fantastically well. The seat is also very comfortable.

The one turn off I could see about the Retrospec Speck Folding bike is that it is some what pricy for what it offers. There are a lot of cheaply made Asian knock offs that can be bought at a fraction of the price. But I thinking spending more with a company that makes a quality bike with quality parts you end up spending less money in the long run.

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  • Folding single-speed bike with rear coaster brake perfect for riding around the city, easy to carry and store in small spaces
  • Ideal for commuting or exercise on paths that are mostly flat or smaller hills
  • Lightweight Aluminum frame is up to 30% lighter than steel or chromoly
  • 20″ Wheels with Kenda Kwest commuter tires with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
  • Folding time of 10 seconds with folding handlebar tube, top-tube and pedals