Wabi Special
$1,195.00

Wabi Special

The Special is our lugged frame option with that unique look and feel of lugs that can go more vintage or modern depending on how you build it. 

The current colors are Glacier Greena medium, metallic green, and Basalt Gray, a dark pearlized blue-grey. 

NOTE: Limited inventory at this time. See link below on inventory status.

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
    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 customize it the way you want. Pick your component colors, bar types, saddle type, gaer ratio and more at no extra costs. Plus, we offer lots of upgrades on almost every part of the bike. Check out our options explained page more for more info. Want something else? Contact us and we can spec it for you.

    SOLID SPECS

    • 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 19.5 lbs (55cm size)
    • Road racing inspired frame design for a fast but comfortable ride
    • 700c wheels and flip-flop hubs 
    • 46/18 freewheel (default on drive side) and fixed cog.
    • 28mm Kenda tires (fits up to 32mm wide tires)

    BUILD NOTES 

    Due to component shortages and delays, we may be limited on some component color options or have to substitute some components listed below (equal or better quality). 

      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

       

      SIZING

      We highly recommend review our sizing page before purchasing. We recommend looking at both your height and your actual inseam / standover height. The guide below can also provide some general guidelines.

      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

      You can also find a complete geometry chart on our tech / geometry page. Note that we don't have weight limits for bicycles, but the Sub 15 wheelset is rated to only 225 lbs.

      FAQ/IMPORTANT LINKS

      Get the latest inventory and lead time status for builds. This is where you can find out how long it takes to get a complete build.

      Check out our FAQ/Knowledge Base for most questions.

      Assembly. Note that our bikes come 90%+ assembled and most customers can assemble themselves. This saves you the time and cost of taking the bike to a bike shop for assembly. Note: 60cms build require more assembly as they need to be disassembled more than usual due to bike box size constraints.

      Upgrade options explained. This will help explain the upgrades in the dropdown menus and well as other options that are not on the menu.

      Warranty

      Shipping and Returns

      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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      CK
      06/08/2022
      Chris K.
      United States United States

      Well worth the $.

      Quick, quiet, responsive, smooth, dependable. And does all that while looking good.

      TW
      05/27/2022
      Timothy W.
      United States United States

      Amazing .. Absolutely Amazing

      The bike is truly a piece of rideable art, and the personalized customer service was icing on the cake!

      JE
      05/26/2022
      Jesse E.
      United States United States

      Lives up to the hype 100%!

      When i receved my Wabi Special i was blown away by many things. First of all, the packaging! It was wraped and secured very nicely. I was worried about spending that amout of money on a bike and having it come thru the mail. But i was quickely put at ease seeing it all packed down nice and tight. Then the paint job! I got the glacer green Wabi Special and the paint is Way cooler than i imagined it would be, and for the way the mock ups made it look! Next...the ride!! Holy cow! Yes!! Its the most lively, smooth, fast, just all around most fun bike i have been on ever. The first time i threw a leg over it i just could not help but smile and say "yep! thats a sick bike" Next thing i have to say is about there customer service..first of all, they did exactely what i asked for in my build notes, So Awsome! The only negitive thing i have to say is when i receved the bike they unfortunatly did not send it with my toe clips and straps i requested..so i sent them an email about it and i got a responce from them in like less than 5 minutes!! and just like that they made it right and they jetted them over to me right away! So as far as there customer service goes? 5 out of 5 for sure!! So to wrap it all up, Thank you so much to everyone at Wabi Cycles for making such a quality product, and being the most consumer focused brand ive ever come accrosed! You guys RULE! and im a fan for life.

      JL
      08/20/2021
      Johnny L.
      United States United States

      Wabi Special Keirin Purple limited edition

      This bike is fast, light, and very beautiful looking. Fedex did messed up my wheelset upon shipping but it is not Wabi's fault; it is Fedex. I installed new Mavic wheelset on these and ran it with a 46x17T gear combo and it soars on flats even on par on my geared road bike. The bike is very lively when you put down the power on the pedals. The purple frame color, picked by Zach Gallardo, is beautiful looking with rainbow glitter flakes scattered all over. I was very pleased and fortunate to purchase this bike despite that only 25 of the purple color were made. Kudos to Wabi.

      AS
      04/11/2021
      Audisho S.
      Canada Canada

      Great bike! Some issues with international shipping but Wabi took care of me!

      First off, I want to commend Wabi for their incredible customer service. I placed a pre-order for a custom coated Wabi Special in the summer of 2020 and waited patiently for several months for my order to be shipped out. Bikes were, and still are, in very short supply worldwide so I didn’t mind the wait. Unfortunately, the frame that I received had a minor scratch on the head tube, possibly incurred during shipping, so per Wabi’s advice, I shipped it back and awaited a replacement. Fast forward a couple of months and my replacement arrived in perfect condition. I took it out for a couple of rides, winter was fast approaching here in Toronto, and instantly fell in love with the ride. Compared to my previous bike, it felt stiffer in some areas and more flexible in others, both of these being upgrades. Peddling hard up a hill no longer felt “mushy”! Normally, this is where the review would end, but unfortunately, I got dinged twice on import fees. Once for the original shipment and a second time for the replacement. I had already paid the fee on the first shipment and wasn’t really sure what to do about this second one. It was a replacement so there shouldn’t have been any additional fees! I contacted Wabi and while it took a bit of time to resolve the issue, they reached out to FedEx and made sure that it was taken care of! In the end, I only had to pay the import fees on the original shipment. Thank you Wabi for building some of the best fixed gear bikes and for offering such incredible customer service!