Wabi Urban Thunder
Wabi Urban Thunder
Wabi Urban Thunder
Wabi Urban Thunder

Wabi Urban Thunder

The Wabi Urban Thunder (formerly known as the Urban Classic) is built for those looking for a versatile ride for commuting or just tackling city streets.  Using our Thunder frameset/wheelset, it takes wide tires (up to 50mm), lots of fender/rack options and heavier loads--all under 20 lbs. It also features optional wider handlebars and 35mm Pasela Urban tires.

Available in Matte Black or Desert Turquoise with your choice of component colors. Note, we are currently out of 52cm sizes until mid-Summer.

NOTE: Due to inventory shortages/delays on our CX/Urban wheelset, for a short time, we are offering a FREE upgrade to a great wheelset featuring black Velocity A-23 rims (32h, tubeless compatible), silver Origin8 track hubs (sealed, FX/FX) and silver DT Swiss spokes. These wheels have a similar look, weight and feel to our CX/Urban wheelsets, but with the advantage of the Velocity tubeless compatible rims.

Size chart

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

The Wabi Urban features a hand-built, TIG-welded, Reynolds 725 frame, along with a great component group. All bearings are sealed—a low-maintenance relationship is guaranteed. Just keep air in the tires and a little lube on the chain. And ride!

Every bike is carefully assembled-to-order and packed at Wabi Cycles in Denver, Colorado. 

  • Reynolds 725 double-butted, heat-treated tubing, TIG-welded joints
  • Tough, lightweight, responsive 700c 32-spoke wheels with flip-flop hubs (see upgrade note above)
  • Total bike weight of about 20 lbs. (55cm size)
  • Complete set of braze-ons for fenders and racks.
  • 46t/18t chain ring and freewheel/fixed gearing
  • 35mm Panaracer Pasela Urban tires.

Check out the frame geometry chart.

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

      Crankset Andel RSC1-7102
      Bottom Bracket Tange Seiki LN-3912, 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 Cantilever brakes w/ Jagwire cables
      Chain YBN S20G2, 1/2'x3/32', Gold (Midnight) or Black (Pearl)
      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

      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



      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.


      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.


      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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      Kirin R.
      Canada Canada
      Great bike!

      Amazing parts for the price! Fast shipping to Canada too. I didn’t have to pay duties either!

      Daniel M.
      United States United States
      Just a good damn bike

      I don't understand why this formula--lightweight, responsive steel frame, room for big tires, lots of spots for racks and fenders--is so hard to find these days. I bought the bike to learn to ride fixed gear for fun, but I find myself wishing Wabi still made a version of the frame with a derailleur hanger, because that would be my year-round everything bike. At any rate, it's a blast to ride and I look forward to years of enjoyment from it.

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      Stephen W.
      United States United States
      A Fantastic Bike

      Absolutely beautiful bike and a joy to ride. I use it as my daily commuter and have had zero issues (what really is there to go wrong on one of these). It has a smooth ride, comes up to speed easily, and I can even climb hills a lot easier than I thought. All in all, I'm extremely happy with it and don't think I'll be going back to geared bikes anytime soon.

      Hosanna J.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Dream Bicycle

      I bought a Wabi to have it as an ultimate commuter for my 20 mile cycle to work and back in London. The Urban Classic has got clearance for bouncy 35mm tyres and mudguards. I also fitted a rear basket on. The bike rides really well it's a lot of fun to ride. It was a defiantly a big decision to get a bike all the way from the US but in

      Urban Classic Great bike

      Have had the bike for about 3 months and I probably have about 1200 miles on the bike, with a long ride of 66 miles including several 2000 ft climbs in the San Francisco bay area. My other bike is a Cannondale Supersix with 105 components (the wabi is a similar weight even with 38mm touring tires) This is my first single speed bike. The wabi Urban Classic has really changed the way I ride not only because of the single speed but mostly because of the wider tires. I have done multiple gravel trails and some small jumps in a BMX park with my son. If I put an easier gear on the bike I could even do light mountain biking with no problems. I did several 2000ft in the bay area which was maybe a little too tough for the gearing I had (46x19) 66 gear inches (I have had to get off my bike once...It was a 20% slope for about 35 yards that you can't really get any speed into) Great things about this bike- -Seems like a very good value for money... it is similar to the surly steamroller but probably a better frame and has even more tire clearance ( I plan on putting wider tires and fenders on my bike this fall) -Wide tires, I didn't realize how awesome it is to run wide tires, I can drop my pressures down to like 30 psi and ride gravel, I don't have to pump up my tires before every ride, traction is incredible which improves braking and cornering, tires will probably last longer, I no longer dodge all of the road cracks, It is more comfortable. -Very strong bike...I don't really have concerns about broken spokes with such a high spoke count, I think the only way I would be stranded is if I broke a chain -pretty cheap replacement parts the parts are high enough quality that upgrading wouldn't help the bike much but would be pretty cheap to replace if they fail Bad things about the bike- -brake hoods were put on the handlebars too high so that the brakes can't be reached from the drops...I will change this when I change the handlebar tape, so not the biggest deal. -The paint job is so shiny you can see all the dust and dirt on the bike... I can really tell when I have ridden on gravel. (this is probably a good thing if you clean your bike alot, but I don't wash my bike after every ride) Maybe in the future wabi might consider some less glossy paint jobs for the wider tire models -Headwinds are sometimes really hard without gears, on a single speed you want to stand up when pedaling gets harder, but if you stand up in a 20mph headwind the pedaling gets even more difficult -a few adjustments like brake toe in needed to be done at home to stop brakes from squealing, not a problem just might discourage new bike owners -I no longer ride my cannondale... I feel a little sorry for it ...poor poor bike :( Overall I think all of wabi's bikes hit a sweet spot in cost and quality... The Urban is the perfect bike for flat to rolling terrain, pavement or gravel, most people probably won't want to ride up mountains on this bike but it did fine for me. For most people it is probably the best bike wabi offers On a side note, many bike makers are now putting disc brakes on road bikes... which I think for bike owners just adds lots of weight and complexity, I can stop faster on these cantilever brakes than a modern race bike with disc brakes, this has nothing to do with braking power, but is the additional traction I get from wide tires run at lower pressures.