Wabi Options and Upgrades - Explained
We offer lots of options and upgrades so here’s a guide to help you make decisions.
We try to offer a wide range of options that covers the needs of most riders as well as upgrades from high-quality brands, like Brooks or Continental, that we feel are on par with our standards.
Looking for something unique? Contact us and we can usually get it.
Component / chain colors
You can choose the color scheme of your components and chain - black/black, silver/gold or silver/silver - throughout most of your bike, including:
- Brake calipers
- Brake levers (where possible)
- Cable clips
- Seat post
- Crank arms
However, some components are only stocked in certain colors, including:
- Chainrings (black/silver)
- Freewheels and fixed cogs (std. freewheels are typically gold, deluxe are black and cogs are silver)
- Small bolts - Bottle mounts, seat binder, etc. (typically silver)
However, these won't really change the look of your build.
HANDLEBARS / LEVERS
This is probably the biggest decision for most customers as it impacts the feel, comfort and look of your build.
We offer 5 types of handlebars along with different brake configurations for certain bars. Want a more in-depth explanation of handlebars? Check out the video we collaborated on below
Standard drop bar - A popular option for road riding that allows multiple hand positions- on the tops, at the hoods and in the drops for better aerodynamics.
The brake options are either drop levers (recommended), the classic road bar brake which provides hoods for resting your hands and a comfortable position on the bike, or top mount brakes, the horizontal lever brakes at the straight bar. One drawback with top mounts is no easy resting place on the top of the drops.
Hand positions - Drop bars with drop levers
Hand positions - Drop bars with top mount levers
Compact drop bar - Similar to standard drop bars, they have a more compact design - shorter depth and shallower. They have a more modern look while requiring less reach to both the hoods and the drops.
The brake options are the same as the standard drop bar.
Bullhorn bar - An alternative to drop bars that allows for a more aerodynamic, stretched out position like aero bars.
The brake options are either top mount, the horizontal levers at the straight part of the bar, or bar ends, aero-type brake levers at the end of the bullhorns. We recommend the option based on where you'll be riding more often - on the straight bar or on the horns.
Hand positions - Bullhorn bars with bar end brakes
Hand positions - Bullhorn bars with top mount brakes
Riser bar - A standard horizontal bar, with a vertical rise, similar to what you might find on cruisers, mountain bikes, etc. They offer one hand position and only accommodate top-mount brakes. These bars have a rise - of about 1" - so they ride higher for a more relaxed riding position.
Straight bar - A standard horizontal bar, with no rise, that offer one hand position and only accommodate top-mount brakes. The most minimal option from an aesthetic standpoint.
Standard drop bars, compact bars and bullhorns will be offered with bar tape options. We can install them on risers or straight bars by request.
Padded tape - Wabi's spongy, soft tape for comfort and durability.
Leather tape -Wabi's thin, authentic leather tape that provides a classic look and feel.
Brooks rubber tape - Known as Brooks Cambium tape, this is a synthetic tape that provides the comfort and durability of padded type with a more refined, classic aesthetic.
Fizik Bondcush tape - A performance tape that provides padding and a comfortable tacky surface for better grip.
These are the options and upgrades on straight and riser bars.
Lizard Skins rubber grip (black) - A stippled rubber grip similar to what you would find on a mountain bike, but more refined. The grips on the narrow riser bars are narrow (105mm) and come with flanges while the ones on the wider bars or straight bars are wider (120mm) and do not have flanges.
Rubber grip for straight bars and wide risers (without flange); Rubber grip for narrow risers (with flange)
VO Basket rubber Grips - A basket weave rubber grip that works well with our honey saddle. Note that is does have a more vintage look.
Leather grips - Wabi's smooth leather grip with silver trim that provides a classic look.
Brooks rubber grips - The best of both worlds - comfort and durability of rubber with a more refined look. Note: Brooks is changing to black with black trim so it may vary slightly from what is shown.
Brooks leather grips - Wrapped leather grips that are made to match Brooks saddles.
Classic, Special and Lightning options include:
Wabi Standard - Our stock lightweight wheelset that has black rims and silver spokes/hubs to match any build.
Wabi Sub-15s - Our ultra lightweight wheelset for those looking to reduce weight (over a half pound) as well as an all-silver or all-black wheelset.
DT Swiss / H+ Son Wheelset - A high-quality 20h/24h wheelset that combines strength, stiffness and lightweight. Recommended for those looking for a spoke-count all-silver or all-black with more durability and stiffness than the Sub 15s.
Phil Wood / H+ Son Wheelset - A 32h/32h wheelset using a Phil Wood Classic hub. Recommended for those looking for the ultimate wheelset in durability and stiffness.
Thunder options include:
Wabi Standard (CX/Urban) - Our stock lightweight 32h/32h wheelset that has black rims and silver spokes/hubs to match any build.
A23 wheelset - A tubeless compatible 32h/32h option that features a black Velocity A23 rim, silver spokes and a silver Velocity (or Origin 8) hub. Recommended if you believe you want ride tubeless at some point.
Pictures aren't included here given they don't really add much. Just note that some tires are tan or brown sidewalls when ordering.
Kendas - Our stock tires are a solid option that provide a clean aesthetic.
Panaracer Protite - Provide 'Protite' flat protection, an enhanced tread and classic tan sidewalls. Great vintage look tire.
Conti Gatorskins - The best option for flat protection with the performance you'd expect from Continental.
Conti 4 Seasons - A performance tire that works well in year-round temperatures.
Conti GP 5000s - The highest end performance tire we offer.
Panaracer Gravelking Slicks (Thunder only) - A high-quality versatile tore that works well on the roads and gravel.
Panaracer Gravelking SKs (Thunder only) A high-quality cross tire that still rolls well well on the road.
Wabi Relaxed - A good starting point for any rider with a balance of length and width.
Wabi Racing - A shorter, narrower version of our relaxed saddle for those that want to focus on performance. Very similar in look to the relaxed saddle.
Wabi Women's - A shorter, wider version of our relaxed designed for women. Very similar in look to the relaxed saddle.
Brooks B17 - The classic leather Brooks saddle. Gets better over time. Includes metal rivets
Brooks C17 - This saddle bring the legendary Brooks fit, but in a more modern aesthetic and synthetic materials that hold up better under different weather conditions. It comes in a carved version, which has a pressure relief slot down the middle.
Fizik saddles - We offer three different Fizik saddles - the Arione, Antares and Aliante, which are mainly differentiated by shape. W offer the mid-level option of these as a good performance/value option. for materials/construction. The Arione is the longest and flattest and geared toward racers. The Aliante is shorter and more curved for comfort, The Antares is in between.
Wellgo Road Platform - A basic silver/black cage pedal. This is currently not available. See Sylvan platform below for current option.
Sylvan Touring Platform - A high-quality cage platform from the well-regarded Japanese manufacturer. We are offering these as our standard platform for early 2021 given inventory issues with the Wellgos.
Fyxation Gates with Wide Straps - Wide composite pedal with fat straps. The straps will be either Fyxation, Power Straps or Origin8 depending on availability Note: Given supply shortages, we may offer this as an alloy platform.
Wellgo Road Racing with Clips/Straps - Classic, lightweight clip style road pedal that has black or honey straps to complement our black or honey tape/saddle.
VP Urbans - Minimalist composite platform with a metal nodules for gripping and a reflector. This pedal is not strap compatible.