Just thought I'd ask how old do you think a bike has got to be before its considered retro, or what makes a retro bike?. Is my DDG slammer 2 considered retro now that they don't make them anymore?.
"Retro" as such is a very poor defining term, just look at some of the definitions before you make any calls.
1. a fashion reminiscent of the past
1. Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective:
2. of or designating the style of an earlier time:
As no time frame is attached to the term retro it is obviously quite possible to buy a brand new retro item be it bike, clothes or car off the shelf or showroom floor.
The Santa Cruz Nomad is considered retro is some cricles as it has curvy tubes etc. Similarly any new bike with a quill stem could be considered retro (or cheap rubbish
Personally I refer to my bikes with the actual period they were built as they are not new representations of a past era. ie
My Klein Attitude is "an example of a high end MTB from the early 90s"
"The King Kahuna is an example of a late 90s high end XC bike"
Similary my 60s car is an early 60s car (or a classic car) and not a "retro" car.
I wouldn't stress about whether someone thinks your bike is retro or not, and just enjoy the ride.