Can a Retro Bike Handle a Modern Groupset & Disc Brakes?

Published on March 7th 2021


Everyone loves the look of a retro steel bike, but while classic components can be stylish, they simply don't perform as well as modern tech (as Manon found on her 100 mile ride on a £100 bike!). Alex wanted to know whether he could revive the very retro frame from that video to bring it into the 21st century by fitting modern components. The results were pretty stunning! Thanks to Tom at Barbastelle - check out his Instagram @barbastellebikes Subscribe to GCN+ for cycling as you have never seen it before! Live racing, shows & cycling adventure films: Subscribe: The GCN Shop: #Cycling #GCN #GCNTech #RoadBike What did you think of this? Would you rather the modern components or keep the classics? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 Watch more on GCN Tech... 📹 The Best Retro Bike Tech From The 1980's? | GCN Tech Show Ep.161 - Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound: ES_The New Black - Mary Riddle ES_Beauti Ful - Smartface ES_After the Reign - Jerry McHoy ES_A Winter's Itch (Instrumental Version) - Ingrid Witt ES_A House of Glass - par ES_Another Day and Other Dollars - Bonkers Beat Club ES_Sunset Dew - Lupus Nocte ES_Yhello - Lofive Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech is the only channel you need for all things bike tech – past, present and future. Simply put, we’re obsessed with tech: we seek out and showcase the best in bikes, components, tech, accessories, upgrades and more from races and events, tech shows and product launches across the globe to bring you the best in road bike technology. We’ve also got great maintenance videos to help you get the most from your bike; pro-bike tours from all the biggest races; special features and the weekly GCN Tech Show. We also take a deeper look into the future of cycling, apps, smart tech and virtual riding. Join us on the channel and the GCN App to submit your content, vote on the latest tech and keep abreast of exciting new trends. GCN Japan: GCN Italia: Suscribirse a GCN en Español: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter -