Retrospec Harper Single Speed Review

Retrospec Harper Review

Retrospec Harper Single Speed

✅ Easy to Assemble

✅ Wide color range

✅ Good gear ratio for flat terrains

✅Minimal Maintenance

✅ Budget friendly pricing
- Not good on steep inclines

- Plastic Pedals

- Seat not the softest

Retrospec Harper Single Speed

Editor's Choice
TypeSingle Speed - Fixed Gear
Release Year2019
Specs30mm deep-v rims
Kenda Kwest 700 x 28C tires
VP freestyle pedals
High-tensile strength steel frame
Flip-flop hub

This Retrospec harper review has been created by both a combination of real life experience with the bike as well as a mixture of user reviews.  One of the main aesthetic appeals for the retrospect harper is the range of colours the bike can be ordered in.  Making it appealing to a wider audience.

Due to being a single speed bike, this comes with some advantages and disadvantages.  It can make it difficult if you commute or plan on travelling up steep inclines.  Although it must be included that retrospec have gone with a good gear ratio for riding on flat terrain with low hills. 

As well as being single speed this means less complex components that could go wrong.  Equaling less maintenance than a standard 21 speed.

Even though the retrospect uses hi-tensile steel frame it is surprisingly not that heavy compared to other alternative bikes.

The price is on the lower end of the scale making the retrospect a very budget friendly bike.  Which is why you may find basic components such as the coaster-brake which is the simplest of brakes for modern bikes.  However, although being budget friendly the bike is sturdy and was definitely worth the price.

I and many other users reported that the assembly procedure is quick and simple due to the simplistic and basic components used and can be assembled easily within 15 minutes, with easy to follow instructions included in the box.

Moving onto the negatives, first off the plastic pedals aren’t the best but with a bit of work and upgrades could possibly be changed for more sturdy metal pedals.  Following this with the basic brakes the stopping distance when travelling at fast speeds are slightly longer but with more caution this doesn’t become an issue.

Due to the frame size my wife didn’t find it comfortable to get on and off the bike.  But being 5 foot 8 I didn’t feel this was an issue and found the bike a nice size.

As mentioned earlier the gear ratio isn’t the best if your route includes steeper hills.  The odd one now and then probably won’t bother you but if you have several on a regular basis this definitely isn’t the bike for you.  Unless you want a challenge.

The seat isn’t the comfiest but for the price you can’t expect everything to be perfect compared to bikes several hundred dollars more.


If you’re looking for a budget friendly bike for daily commutes that doesn’t include many steeper inclines then the retrospec harper is and extremely useful bike for you.  And I wouldn’t let the plastic pedals or hard seat put you off unless these are things that you feel you would really need to change.

For the price I feel I got plenty for the price I payed.  Basic components that do the job and get me from A to B without having to worry about any problems that could occur such as the bike failing.  The negatives such as the plastic pedals and uncomfortable seat can possibly be swapped out if necessary to better more high quality components.  But the main frame and structure of the bike have nothing to worry about.

James Dawson

After learning how to ride a bicycle much later than all the other kids, James Dawson hasn't looked back. The author now actively rides a bicycle as a part of the community cycling group and competes regularly in local competitions. Aside from that, he loves technology and always keeps up to date with the latest cycling tech.