Bike of the Week: Retrospec Chatham Rev+ Electric Beach Cruiser

Retrospec Chatham Rev+ Beach Cruiser

I’ve never really been into beach cruiser style bikes. Maybe it’s because I live in the middle of a continent, 900 miles away from the nearest ocean. Or maybe because they seemed slow and clunky. Then, I discovered the Chatham Rev+ from Retrospec, and I’m beginning to feel an ocean breeze, even here amongst the cornfields of Illinois!

Retrospec is a company known for their chill, retro vibe, and affordable pricing. There’s definitely nothing pretentious about their style. Their bikes are also budget friendly and unique. The Chatham Rev+ has a retro design but with some modern touches that keep the bike looking fresh.

The Rev+ is available as both a step-thru version and a high-step, for a his and hers pair, or if you just prefer one frame style over the other.

Both are outfitted with 26-inch by 3-inch wide tires with 3 mm of puncture resistant lining. The tires have smooth tread for a quiet ride on pavement. The bike features an aluminum frame and steel fork. The steel fork is stronger than aluminum and helps reduce vibrations for a more comfortable ride. Those 3-inch wide tires should also provide quite a bit of comfort. 26-inch tires also help bring the bike lower to the ground for a bike that is more approachable.

Rear hub motor, 7-speed transmission

The Chatham Rev+ step-thru is available in four color combinations, while the high-step has three options. If you’re considering buying the Chatham Rev+, your biggest challenge might be deciding which color combination you like the best, since they all look so nice.

As far as the electrical components go, the Chatham Rev+ has a 500-watt rear hub motor and a 48-volt 10.4 Ah battery for 500 watt-hours. That translates to a range of about 35 miles, depending upon rider weight, and other factors.

There are 6-levels of pedal assist and a thumb throttle, with a 20 mph max speed, making this a Class 2 ebike.

The Chatham Rev+ is equipped with 180 mm Tektro mechanical disc brakes, a Shimano 7-speed transmission, integrated front light and a battery operated rear light. The bike is outfitted with mounting points for fenders and/or a rear rack, but doesn’t come with either. Since this is a brand-new model, I would expect accessories to follow. If not, many third-party racks would likely fit.

Retrospec Chatham Rev+ Beach Cruiser High-Step Frame

Quick Specs:

  • Step-Thru Version is Available in 4 Color Options (Matcha, Eggshell, Everglade, Matte Navy)
  • High-Step is Available in Matte Graphite, Matte Navy, or Matte Olive Drab
  • 35-Mile Range
  • 6 Levels of Pedal Assist
  • Thumb Throttle
  • Class 2
  • 20 MPH Max Speed
  • 48V 500 Wh Lithium-ion Battery
  • 500 Watt Planetary Geared Hub Motor
  • Large Center Display
  • Integrated Front Light / Battery Operated Rear Light
  • 26″ x 3″ Puncture Resistant Tires
  • 6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Steel Fork
  • Shimano Tourney 7-Speed (14-34T)
  • 42T Chainring
  • Kickstand
  • Chainguard
  • 350 lbs Payload Capacity
  • Suggested Rider Height 5’2″ – 6’1″

Retrospec’s Beach Cruiser Line-Up:

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