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Wabi Special
Wabi Special
$1,050.00

Wabi Special

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. 

Customizations can be added in the notes at checkout. Please specify if you'd like a black, tan, or white saddle and bar tape. Black padded bar tape and a black saddle are the default options. *Some upgrades will be an additional charge.

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. 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.

  • Reynolds 725 double butted, heat treated tubing
  • Fully lugged, brazed construction for the ultimate ride
  • Ultra Lightweight Sub-15 wheels (silver rim and spokes)
  • Total bike weight of 18.6 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
  • 23mm Kenda tires (fits up to 32mm wide tires)

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

We can do customizations on the Wabi Special, including stem length and gearing. When you order, leave us a note in the comments and we'll contact you if we need more info. Some options:

  • Bullhorns, straight bars
  • Wide variety of saddles
  • Full custom paint
  • Nearly any tires you can imagine
  • Stem and crank arm length
  • High-end 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.

 

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

 

Shipping

Orders over $100 ship free to locations in the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Customers in all other locations will be provided with a live quote during checkout.

We can ship to virtually any address in the world through a variety of carriers. When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page. These are estimates, and Wabi Cycles cannot take responsibility for late arrivals.

Some items we sell are offered at flat-rate shipping. In these instances we are averaging the shipping cost across all orders of similar items, so you may pay more or less than the actual cost of shipping.

 

Returns Policy

You may return most new, undamaged, and unused items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. You're responsible for the cost of shipping returns back to us.

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper; however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
 
If you need to return an item, please Contact Us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.

 

 

Frame Warranty
All Wabi Cycles framesets are warrantied for 5 years from the date of purchase to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship.

The warranty is non-transferable and applicable only to the original purchaser. The warranty does not cover problems due to misuse or lack of maintenance.

Parts and Accessories Warranty
All parts and accessories are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. This warranty includes:

      • Drivetrains, including cogs, chain rings, and crank sets
      • Wheels, hubs, spokes
      • Stems
      • Saddles
      • Seat posts
      • Handlebars
      • Pedals
      • Brakes

Some components are considered "wear items" and are not warrantied against normal wear and tear. These items are warrantied against defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. These items include:

      • Tires
      • Tubes
      • Bar tape
      • Chains
      • Grips
      • Brake pads
      • Paint

If you do need to return an item, visit the shipping and returns page for more info. Please do not ship anything back for replacement or refund before contacting Wabi Cycles. Be sure to appropriately insure any package returned. Keep a record of any shipment until you have received credit or replacement merchandise.

You are responsible for shipping costs to return any items. If we determine the product was defective, we will compensate you, at our discretion, for the cost of return shipping.

Description 

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. 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.

  • Reynolds 725 double butted, heat treated tubing
  • Fully lugged, brazed construction for the ultimate ride
  • Ultra Lightweight Sub-15 wheels (silver rim and spokes)
  • Total bike weight of 18.6 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
  • 23mm Kenda tires (fits up to 32mm wide tires)

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

We can do customizations on the Wabi Special, including stem length and gearing. When you order, leave us a note in the comments and we'll contact you if we need more info. Some options:

  • Bullhorns, straight bars
  • Wide variety of saddles
  • Full custom paint
  • Nearly any tires you can imagine
  • Stem and crank arm length
  • High-end components

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

 

Shipping & Returns 

Shipping

Orders over $100 ship free to locations in the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Customers in all other locations will be provided with a live quote during checkout.

We can ship to virtually any address in the world through a variety of carriers. When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page. These are estimates, and Wabi Cycles cannot take responsibility for late arrivals.

Some items we sell are offered at flat-rate shipping. In these instances we are averaging the shipping cost across all orders of similar items, so you may pay more or less than the actual cost of shipping.

 

Returns Policy

You may return most new, undamaged, and unused items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. You're responsible for the cost of shipping returns back to us.

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper; however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
 
If you need to return an item, please Contact Us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.

 

 

Warranty 

Frame Warranty
All Wabi Cycles framesets are warrantied for 5 years from the date of purchase to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship.

The warranty is non-transferable and applicable only to the original purchaser. The warranty does not cover problems due to misuse or lack of maintenance.

Parts and Accessories Warranty
All parts and accessories are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. This warranty includes:

      • Drivetrains, including cogs, chain rings, and crank sets
      • Wheels, hubs, spokes
      • Stems
      • Saddles
      • Seat posts
      • Handlebars
      • Pedals
      • Brakes

Some components are considered "wear items" and are not warrantied against normal wear and tear. These items are warrantied against defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. These items include:

      • Tires
      • Tubes
      • Bar tape
      • Chains
      • Grips
      • Brake pads
      • Paint

If you do need to return an item, visit the shipping and returns page for more info. Please do not ship anything back for replacement or refund before contacting Wabi Cycles. Be sure to appropriately insure any package returned. Keep a record of any shipment until you have received credit or replacement merchandise.

You are responsible for shipping costs to return any items. If we determine the product was defective, we will compensate you, at our discretion, for the cost of return shipping.

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. 

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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.

GH
08/09/2017
Grant Holzworth

Smoothest bike you'll ever ride!

"I bought my Special from Richard in March of 2016 and it quickly became my daily road bike. My beautiful Pinarello sits dejectedly in my garage pleading for me to ride her. The Special has a crisp yet smooth ride. It's not twitchy but it responds to every nuance. It climbs well, it cruises well, it corners well and most of all, it soaks up road vibration better than any bike I've ever owned. I've owned a lot of bikes since my first purchase in 1975 when I worked in a bike shop in Cleveland Ohio. Through all of the subsequent years I've owned some really fine bikes. This Wabi Special eclipses all of them. The frame quality is excellent and the components although not "name brand" perform admirably well. Build quality was excellent as well and the wheels...let me say something I have never said about any of my previous bikes or other bikes I've sold when I worked in shops: the build quality of the wheels cannot be matched anywhere else. Perfectly and evenly tensioned. Perfectly trued. Remain in true through rough road. I've owned this bike for well over a year now and it only needs very minor truing every month or so. I promise you that this bike will be the smoothest riding bike you'll ever own. I loved my Special so much that I bought a Classic from Matt last fall. I call her "Midnight". She's stealthy, light, fast and easy on the eyes. Oh, and she's a smooth operator also!"

EC
07/27/2017
Eddie Crutcher

Wabi Special

"Matt was incredibly helpful and patient while helping me pick out this bike. I haven't owned a bike for 20 years so I had to do a lot of research before finally picking the Wabi. it was down to this bike and the Bianchi Pista (that I would customize). I'm really glad I chose the Wabi Special as the lugged Reynolds steel is fantastic. I was going to get the lighter sub wheels but as i live in NYC I was concerned about durability. I loved the way they looked (all silver) but I'm 180lbs and the streets are rough here. Matt was really good about listening to my concerns and advising me without telling me which wheel set to choose. Going with the stock wheels was a great choice as the streets are even rougher then I thought and these wheels are holding up well. I also can't believe how light they are. I had a few minor issues as a nut was missing for my front wheel when it arrived but Matt sent it right away and I got one from my local hardware store so I could ride the few days it took to arrive. After a bit of riding the wheels were not perfectly trued but I had already hit some rough spots by then. i had them trued three weeks in and it was very minor. I am not an expert on bikes but riding this bike just feels good. Smooth, very fast, easy up the hills, great over rough roads, light and just plain fun. I've used this as my main transportation everyday since I've gotten it. Everything is stock except for a Brooks saddle and handlebar tape that Matt got and installed for me. I wasn't sure about gear ratio and got the 46x18 which is awesome but too easy up the few hills in NYC. I just replaced the chain ring to a 48 and that suits me better. It's really fun to be able to swap out parts as i go although I doubt I'll change anything else. It's awesome!"

ZB
07/22/2017
Zachary B.

Nice product!

"Great product. The bike is well made, beautiful, and fun to ride. It was fantastic to be able to customize it with relative ease. My only (minor) complaint is that the ""Burnt Red"" color is definitely red-orange. Just a heads up for prospective buyers. "