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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Retrospec Beta Series. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- For many owners, the low price of this rig was a sign of great value.
- Several buyers said that the Beta Series rode smoothly.
- Delighted riders found the Beta Series to be fast.
- The Beta’s flip-flop hub comes with both a freewheel and a fixed gear cog.
- A number of buyers reported no damage on arrival of their new Beta.
- Many owners found the Beta Series quick and easy to assemble.
- For numerous owners, the Beta Series came across as light.
- 25c tires offered more compliance than the standard, skinny 23c size.
- A great-looking appearance garnered attention and compliments.
- The 48 x 16t gear ratio was a good middle-ground for moderate hills and urban use.
- Buyers were pleased to receive two brakes.
- Several buyers remarked on the manufacturer’s level of customer service.
- The manufacturer offered options to customize colors of frames, wheels etc.
- Bar-spin clearance aided fixie tricks and locking the front wheel, turned 180°.
- Unbranded caliper brakes functioned “properly”.
15 reasons not to buy
- Some buyers received a bike with a different frame from that pictured.
- Parts were sometimes lacking grease.
- Owners often said that pedals, straps and saddles needed upgrading.
- Screws were poor quality and stripped easily.
- One rider’s seat-clamp bolt sheared off, leading to a crash.
- Bent, misaligned and non-functional forks were sometimes an issue.
- Wheels could be deeply out of true.
- Sizing was misleading, with Betas being larger than expected.
- Break pads were not great, wore fast and needed replacing.
- Buyers lamented the poor quality of stock tires.
- Owners said that the manufacturer shirked responsibility for flawed products.
- Incorrect sizes as well as frame, wheel and saddle colors were received.
- An owner's brake arm snapped while riding.
- The Beta Series does not feature bottle bosses to attach a bottle cage.
- Small parts were sometimes missing, including crank bolts and wheel nuts.