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.
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.