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2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
2019 Wabi Special
$1,095.00

2019 Wabi Special

BUILT FOR THE PURIST

For many cyclists, the ultimate bicycle starts with a high quality steel frame, using low temperature brazing and lugs to join the tubes. Lugged steel bike frames offer a road feel unlike any other design, but not all lugged steel frames are created equal. 

 The Wabi Special uses a fully hand-brazed frame, built by specially trained frame builders in Taiwan. The difference in the Wabi Special is that these builders are trained by one of the top hand-built frame builders from Japan. 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

The retro vibe of the fully lugged, Reynolds 725 frame is like nothing else you'll find - especially at this price. The workmanship (clean joints, mitering of the tubes, drop outs seamlessly integrated into the stays) is outstanding, and the resulting ride is buttery-smooth, with amazing stability.

PICK YOUR BUILD

Every Wabi is assembled to order, so you can have drop bars, riser bars, bullhorns, compact drops, all at no extra charge. Tell us what gearing you want, upgrade your wheels or tires, or let us know about anything else you've seen on a Wabi (or another bike) and we'll build your bike the way you want it.

ALL NEW COLORS

For the first time ever, the Wabi Special is available in a brilliant new blue and a classic green. 

  • Fully lugged, brazed construction for the ultimate ride
  • Reynolds 725 double butted, heat treated tubing
  • Lightweight, responsive wheels (1725g/set)
  • Total bike weight of about 19.7 lbs (55cm size)
  • Road racing inspired frame design for a fast but comfortable ride
  • 700c wheels and flip-flop hubs 
  • 46/18 fixed cog and freewheel
  • 28mm Kenda tires (fits up to 32mm wide tires)

This bike does not come with pedals, but you can add them during the checkout process.

    Crankset Andel RSC1-7102
    Bottom Bracket TH BB-7420ST, 68/103 sealed
    Headset Tange Seiki RDC-82 Threadless
    Stem Leadtec LCS-7091, 4 bolt, 0 degree rise
    Seat post Kalloy SP-248D, 27.2mm, 250mm long
    Brakes Tektro R540 calipers w/ Jagwire cables
    Chain YBN S20G2, gold, 1/2'x3/32'
    Lock Ring Joy Tech BC1.29X24 /UCP
    Fixed Cog Andel FW-710S CNC
    Freewheel Cold-forged Long Yih 3 pawl

    Individual components subject to change. Ask us if you need confirmation on specific items.

     

    RIDER HEIGHT  FRAME SIZE STANDOVER HEIGHT
    5'4 - 5'7 49CM 30.2IN
    5'7 - 5'10 52CM 31.3IN
    5'10 - 6'1 55CM 32.5IN
    6'1 - 6'3 58CM 33.6IN
    6'3 - 6'6 60CM 34.8IN

     

    Description  

    BUILT FOR THE PURIST

    For many cyclists, the ultimate bicycle starts with a high quality steel frame, using low temperature brazing and lugs to join the tubes. Lugged steel bike frames offer a road feel unlike any other design, but not all lugged steel frames are created equal. 

     The Wabi Special uses a fully hand-brazed frame, built by specially trained frame builders in Taiwan. The difference in the Wabi Special is that these builders are trained by one of the top hand-built frame builders from Japan. 

    BLAST FROM THE PAST

    The retro vibe of the fully lugged, Reynolds 725 frame is like nothing else you'll find - especially at this price. The workmanship (clean joints, mitering of the tubes, drop outs seamlessly integrated into the stays) is outstanding, and the resulting ride is buttery-smooth, with amazing stability.

    PICK YOUR BUILD

    Every Wabi is assembled to order, so you can have drop bars, riser bars, bullhorns, compact drops, all at no extra charge. Tell us what gearing you want, upgrade your wheels or tires, or let us know about anything else you've seen on a Wabi (or another bike) and we'll build your bike the way you want it.

    ALL NEW COLORS

    For the first time ever, the Wabi Special is available in a brilliant new blue and a classic green. 

    • Fully lugged, brazed construction for the ultimate ride
    • Reynolds 725 double butted, heat treated tubing
    • Lightweight, responsive wheels (1725g/set)
    • Total bike weight of about 19.7 lbs (55cm size)
    • Road racing inspired frame design for a fast but comfortable ride
    • 700c wheels and flip-flop hubs 
    • 46/18 fixed cog and freewheel
    • 28mm Kenda tires (fits up to 32mm wide tires)

    This bike does not come with pedals, but you can add them during the checkout process.

      Components 

      Crankset Andel RSC1-7102
      Bottom Bracket TH BB-7420ST, 68/103 sealed
      Headset Tange Seiki RDC-82 Threadless
      Stem Leadtec LCS-7091, 4 bolt, 0 degree rise
      Seat post Kalloy SP-248D, 27.2mm, 250mm long
      Brakes Tektro R540 calipers w/ Jagwire cables
      Chain YBN S20G2, gold, 1/2'x3/32'
      Lock Ring Joy Tech BC1.29X24 /UCP
      Fixed Cog Andel FW-710S CNC
      Freewheel Cold-forged Long Yih 3 pawl

      Individual components subject to change. Ask us if you need confirmation on specific items.

       

      Size Chart

      RIDER HEIGHT  FRAME SIZE STANDOVER HEIGHT
      5'4 - 5'7 49CM 30.2IN
      5'7 - 5'10 52CM 31.3IN
      5'10 - 6'1 55CM 32.5IN
      6'1 - 6'3 58CM 33.6IN
      6'3 - 6'6 60CM 34.8IN

       

      Steel

      We use Reynolds 725 and Columbus Spirit. These higher quality grades of steel allows us to use less of it, so you get a lighter, more responsive frame.

      E.D Coating

      Our steel frames are E.D. coated to act as a rust preventative and a primer. This high-performance rust inhibitor is applied inside the frame and out.

      design

      Wabi frames are road-designed with upright angles, and short wheelbases, which creates comfort, efficiency, and predictable handling. Our road frame design gives you an agile and fast ride.

      Details

      We love the detail of our frames. You'll find cast-brazed dropouts, machined head tubes, brazed seatpost collars, bottle cage eyelets, and brazed forks. 

      Customer Reviews

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      MM
      03/05/2019
      Michael M. Southern Spain

      PROLOGUE: My First 200 km With The Wabi Retro (In Midnight Blue)

      Thank God for YouTube and Zach G. for whom without them, I would not be a proud owner of a 2019 Wabi Retro,.....lugs et al. Curtis at Wabi Cycles is also deserving of a big "shout-out", (as advertised) for making me or converting me into an absolutely satisfied WABI-ITE! So, thank you guys for helping me pull the trigger! So, approximately 124.274 miles of wonderful, wonderful (or, 200 km; I am living in Spain at the moment), worth of riding experiences under my belt on my Wabi Retro; (personally I prefer the "Retro" nomenclature over the "Special" nomenclature). Ok, Ok, I stray a little;.... back to the subject at hand. My Wabi Retro is the most fun I am having on a bike;.......PERIOD! My bike is just lovely and decked out with my personal upgrades;....actually the more appropriate term would be "personalization". I say this because my Wabi Retro in Midnight Blue, "out-of-the-box", was (is) absolutely stunning in the flesh! (As advertised). So, in conclusion to my PROLOGUE, steel is real! However; Lugged, Reynolds 725 steel is MORE real; and you will feel the difference, see the difference, and receive many compliments along the way. What more can I say? I'm riding (metaphorically) a Midnight Blue Stutz BearCat! end-of-message!

      MK
      02/05/2019
      Michael K.
      United States

      The Single Classiest Bike I've Owned

      I rode one bike for a decade--a middle-range track frame that I upgraded and customized to my exact liking. It's been great--I still own it and love it. But after 10 years, I felt it was time to upgrade. After a bunch of research, I decided on a Wabi Special. Oh man. This thing. I've been riding my Wabi for two weeks now, and I'm still grinning non-stop at how nice this bike is, every time I hop on it. Everything about it is so well-crafted and aesthetic, from the lugs to the seat stays to the single spot of red of the stem cap. It's incredibly light, and so eager to sprint and climb hills, and yet also comfortable. I've fitted it with a Turbo saddle, a set of Nitto Promenade handlebars and a Wald front basket, and it's the perfect city commuter/runaround bike. No complaints; this bike is gonna be my next 10 year ride.

      T
      02/03/2019
      Travis

      Perfect

      This is my everyday commuter, I probably ride 50-100 miles a week. The bike looks incredible and somehow rides even better. Really can't think of enough nice things to say about it. Do yourself a favor and get one.

      MD
      11/06/2017
      Michael D.
      United Kingdom

      Really nice bike

      One of the pedals arrived slightly broken other than that couldn't be happier would recommend :)

      TC
      08/17/2017
      Thomas C.

      Chicago Commuting

      I'm really impressed with the ride quality of my wabi. The bike was made with quality parts that translates into a smooth comfortable and adjustable ride. I feel like I got great value in my bike as well. I'm already anticipating purchasing another for my girlfriend.