Retrotec Takes Prize for Best Cyclocross Bike — NAHBS 2014

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Retrotec took the Best in Show for Cyclocross bike at NABS 2014. © Iain Banks

Interesting curving angles on this monster ’crosser. © Iain Banks

Retrotec, owned by Curtis Inglis, took the win for the Best in Show Cyclocross Bike at the North American Handbuilt Bike Show this year in North Carolina, and we got up close and personal with the blue and orange monster ’cross machine. Of note on the bike were the beefy 45mm Panaracer Fire Cross tires, which turn the bike from a cyclocross racing machine into more of a monster ’cross bike. Also of note were are the curved top tube and chainstays, which is standard for Retrotec, though typically Inglis creates his ’cross bikes with straight tubing as part of his other brand, Inglis Cycles.

Retrotec took the Best in Show for Cyclocross bike at NABS 2014. © Iain Banks

Panaracer Fire Cross tires measure 45mm wide on the Retrotec at NABS 2014. © Iain Banks

The Retrotec monster cross machine used Shimano’s new R785 hydraulic Di2 shifters / brake levers, plus thru axle front and rear, a contrast to the new retr0 appearance of the curved steel tubing. Retro look but all the latest technology—a combo rewarded by the NAHBS judges.

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Stay tuned for plenty of cyclocross, gravel and general bike eye candy from NAHBS 2014 in the next few days.

 

 

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stuffthatspins
stuffthatspins

Gravel Grinder Yes! Cyclocross Bike No! Cyclocross tyres must be less than 33cm. 

Section 1.3.018 of their amendment to Title 1:

"Wheels of the bicycle may vary in diameter between 70 cm maximum and 55 cm minimum, including the tyre. For the cyclo-cross bicycle the width of the tyre (measured between the widest parts) shall not exceed 33 mm and it may not incorporate any form of spike or stud."

It looks more like a fisher Klunker than a cross bike. Which are super rad bikes. Again, not a cross bike...


davebeals
davebeals

Interesting bike and pretty to look at, but its not a CX bike.

Jens Meudt
Jens Meudt

look like a Corratec x Bow Frame

Aaron Garcia
Aaron Garcia

I am not into this, at all. I thought I would be. But I'm not.

Cary Adams
Cary Adams

Am I the only one who disagrees with this decision? I think this looks absolutely terrible...and I can't imagine that it rides very well.

Ryan Can
Ryan Can

wow that is just about perfect- breakin the mold

William Browning
William Browning

Joshua Kruck what do you think of the lines of this bike? sweet huh?

Tony Cambio
Tony Cambio

I've always loved Retrotec and Cool Tool too!

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