Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Hybrid Bike Review

If you’ve been wanting a city bike for the longest time, or if you’re looking for an “everyday bicycle,” the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike could easily make it to your top hybrid bikes list. In this article, we’ve listed everything you need to know about this budget-friendly city bike from Retrospec.

Features and SpecificationsRetrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men's Urban City Bike

Vintage-Inspired Diamond Steel Frame

Just like most Retrospec bikes, the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike sports a classic style, Whatever color you choose—black, charcoal, chrome, graphite, or matte black—this bike will surely earn you compliments wherever you go.

The hand-built, TIG-welded frame of the Beaumont-7 is made of high-tensile and shock-absorbent steel. Retrospec chose the traditional diamond-shaped frame for this bike, which makes it light and strong at the same time.

(If you’re a female rider, you might want to choose Beaumont-7’s step-thru version. You could also choose the Retrospec Venus Dutch Step-Thru City Comfort Hybrid Bike and other female-specific Retrospec bikes.)

Seven-Speed City Bike

Navigating the city streets doesn’t need a lot of gears. With the Beaumont-7, Retrospec equipped it with Shimano’s 7-speed gears for better movement on flat pavement and down hills. The Shimano REVOSHIFT twist shifters and Shimano TX35 derailleur offer fast, slick, and precise shifts, so you can find the right gear while riding.

Alloy Linear Pull Brakes

Mounted on the front and rear wheels are linear pull brakes. The brakes offer enough braking power and are low maintenance. When paired with the Kenda 700x35C tires, you can enjoy smooth and secure rides wherever you want to go around your city or town.

Included Extras

The Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike is 85-percent assembled when it’s delivered to you. It already comes with the necessary tools to put it together. Plus, it includes the following accessories:

  • A steel rear rack
  • A vintage bell
  • A kickstand
  • A red rear reflector
  • Fenders (a full fender for the rear wheel and a partial fender for the front wheel)

Available Sizes

Small (S)

  • Frame size: 50 centimeters
  • Standover height: 29.5 inches
  • Rider height: 5’2”-5’6”

Medium (M)

  • Frame size: 54 centimeters
  • Standover height: 31 inches
  • Rider height: 5’6”-5’9”

Large (L)

  • Frame size: 58cm
  • Standover height: 32”
  • Rider height: 5’9”-6”

Technical Details

  • Frame: Diamond, high-tensile strength steel frame
  • Handlebars: Alloy urban bike riser bars, 620mm, 60mm rise, 15-degree sweep, 25.4mm center
  • Brakes and Lever: Alloy dual caliper brake and alloy four-finger lever
  • Rims: Alloy rim 30mm 32H (holes) with machined sidewall
  • Derailleur: Shimano Tourney RD TX35
  • Available Colors: Black, charcoal, chrome, graphite, and matte black
  • Accessories included: Chainguard, classic bike bell, fenders, kickstand (center mount), and tools

The Good

Great Quality for the Low Price

It’s a given that there would be a few components of the Retrospec Beaumont-7 men’s city bike that would be defective or break down easily. But overall, this bike is quite impressive.

The paint and construction make the bike visually appealing. The solid rear rack and fenders are great additions. The entry-level derailleur, handlebars, stem, and saddle are good (compared to department store bikes). The frame also seems like it’s well-made. The machine brake surface and double wall rims are impressive.

Little Assembly Needed

You can do this yourself or have your local bike shop do it for you (if you really want everything to be perfect). It would take around 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to put this together, more or less.

The components that you have to install are the front fender, handlebars, pedals, and the saddle. The bottom bracket, brakes, headset, gears, and shifters may need greasing and adjustment.

Offers Comfortable and Smooth Rides

The Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike is not a high-end city bike, but it’s more than enough for the needs of most urban riders. The gears and shifter worked right out of the box without problems.

This isn’t built for the rough roads. But, when riding on paved roads with occasional bumps, it provides comfortable and enjoyable rides.

Less gears? That’s no problem when you have the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike.

The Bad

Meant Mostly for Flat Roads

Are you worried about the “7-speed versus 21-speed” issue? Bikes with multiple gears have its perks. The same with bikes with less gears, like the Retrospec Beaumont-7. Since it only has a 7-gear system, it’s not meant for conquering big hills.

If you live in a hilly area and want a high-mileage bike, you might want to spend a few more dollars on high-end bikes or bikes with more gears. One possible option is the Royce Union 700c RMY Mens 21-Speed Hybrid Comfort Bike.

Low-Quality Extras

As they say, you get what you paid for. For the price point, the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike isn’t terrible, but it has its fair share of defective or low-quality parts, like its mid-century style bell.

Incredibly Heavy Frame

This weighs around 40 pounds (depending on the frame size you choose). This isn’t totally bad, but it does make it difficult to handle the bike. Most of Retrospec’s bikes are made of steel, which adds to the weight. But, there are a few models that are “relatively” lighter, like the Retrospec Mantra V2 Urban Commuter Bike.

Who Is It For?

The Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike is made for the average commuter who’s looking for the basics and doesn’t expect high-end features and components. It’s both for the pro cyclist, who want an everyday bike, and non-cycling enthusiast. People who want to get fit and get back into cycling would find this beneficial.

Conclusion

Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men's Urban City Bike

The Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike has its issues, but overall, it’s more than okay for the needs of the average rider. As one would expect, if you want high-quality components and greater performance, you’ll have to spend more. If that doesn’t make sense for whatever personal reason (limited use, riding mostly on flat ground, etcetera), this is worth the consideration.

Conquer hilly streets, ride fast on flat, paved roads, and navigate around traffic with the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike.

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