SLOWRIDER Presents “Always & Forever”: A Custom Classic Retrotec

Following up on “Groove Chronicles” which recently introduced the PAL x SMITH “Crossing Paths” Group Art Show, Matthew Mata-Aguilar is back with the custom Retrotec he built for the show.

The stunning “Always & Forever” truss fork Retrotec is a collaboration with PAUL Components and Ultradynamico, in addition to Jaime of Fabrica de Rosas who helped with the build.

Continue reading below for Matthew’s rundown of this special project!

Through this fusion of vintage and modern bicycle parts, I aim to create a visually stunning and culturally significant piece that not only honors my Chicano heritage but also serves as a symbol of resilience, creativity, and pride. By showcasing the beauty of culture and history through the bike, we can foster understanding, appreciation, and unity in what should be a diverse cycling community.


Retrotec Classic frame; chromed Retrotec Segmented truss fork, and painted in metalflake multi-color fade and gold pin-striping.

“Always & Forever” is a tribute to my late Grandparents, Alicia & Peter Aguilar.

Parts List

  • Chris King No Logo Headset
  • Paul Components Boxcar Stem
  • Crust Nullabar Handlebar
  • Dia Comp GranCompe Evo-V Brake Levers
  • Rivendell Silver2 Bar End Shifters
  • Serfas Bar Tape
  • Motorcycle ⅞ Metal Flake Grips
  • Paul Components Tall & Handsome Seatpost
  • Philwood Seatpost Collar
  • Berthoud Aspin Natural Saddle
  • Campagnolo Record O.R. Cranks
  • Campagnolo Record O.R. Front Derailleur
  • Campagnolo Record O.R. Rear Derailleur
  • Phil Wood – Square Taper ISO Bottom Bracket
  • Shimano 9spd XT Cassette
  • Paul Components Klampers
  • Velocity Cliffhangers Rims
  • SON Dynamo Hub Front Hub
  • NOS Chris King ISO Rear Hub
  • Ultradynamico Cava & Mars Robusto Tires – Whitewalled
  • Simworks by Nissen Housing – Clear
  • SimWorks Taco Pedals
  • Sinewave Polished Front Light
  • SON Polished Rear Light
  • Hand Polished Skewers
  • Hand Polished Derailleur Hanger

I’d like to thank Retrotec, Paul Components, Ultradynamico, Marky Mark’s Kustom Paint, Fabrica de Rosas, and The Cub House. Lastly, PAL and SMITH for having me!