It's all about America with this Retrotec Funduro

Custom California goodness

While most of the bikes that roll through our hands are the latest and greatest carbon bikes, on occasion something a bit more unique lands in the workstand, and this is certainly one of those times. The Retrotec Funduro is Curt Inglis-built frame with custom steel and a decidedly American-centered build kit.

Check out the gallery above for a healthy dose of red, white and blue. 

The Funduro frame

The Retrotec brand began in 1992 when Bob Seals wanted the looks of a stylish cruiser frame loaded with modern capability and performance.

In 1993, Curt Inglis came on board as a welder and eventually took over the brand with Seals' approval.  

Retrotec frames are made in Napa, California by Curt Inglis
Retrotec frames are made in Napa, California by Curt Inglis

While a range of 'classic' frames are on offer, the Funduro takes the curvy cruiser notion and allows a longer travel fork (120–140mm), a snug rear center, and plenty of room for 3.0in plus size tires — it's claimed to be built to take on the rough stuff at speed.

Retrotec frames can be had with a single, double or even triple top tube.

If you like Inglis’ work he also offers more standard frames under the Inglis brand.

The build kit

Blue anodization plays a huge role in the build of this Funduro, with the stem, wheel thru-axles, seat clamp, stem cap, brake levers and disc calipers all from California-based Paul Components. 

Another California company has a big part in this build, Petaluma-based White Industries. It's responsible for the headset, bottom bracket, crankset, chainring, and hubs. 

Plus tires in the form of WTB 3.0in Rangers are on rolling duty
Plus tires in the form of WTB 3.0in Rangers are on rolling duty

Even the rims are US-made. The 30.2mm wide (internal width because that's all that matters) Blunt rims are put together in Grand Rapids, MI and are tied to White Industries hubs. 

While its products are made overseas, the remaining spec has a California flavor as well, with WTB saddle and tires (Mill Valley), an X-Fusion McQueen fork and Manic dropper post (Santa Cruz). 

Retrotec Funduro pricing and availability

How does the saying go, "Good things come to those who wait?" and that's the case if you want a Retrotec, with a lead time of around 3–4 months. Pricing starts at £1,458 / $1,900 /AU$2,389 for a TIG welded frame. 

If you want a fillet brazed or lugged frame, be ready to part with £1,842 / $2,400 / AU$3,017. And of course, nearly anything you desire, from fancy paint to couplers, is fair game for an extra charge.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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