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.
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.
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’s Beach Cruiser Line-Up: Retrospec.com
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