Wabi Thunder
Wabi Thunder
Wabi Thunder
Wabi Thunder

Wabi Thunder

The Wabi Thunder is a versatile build that can go Urban or Cross/Gravel.  Using our Thunder frameset and CX/Urban wheelset, it takes wide tires (up to 44mm), lots of fender/rack options and a serious beating--all at under 20 lbs. 

The current colors are Desert Turquoise, a medium turquoise, and Smoky Topaza dark pearlized bronze

We have mostly 55 and 58cm sizes at this time, with a few smaller sizes. They will start shipping the week of November 14th.

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 Thunder is our most versatile model - be it cyclocross, bikepacking or commuting. It features a TIG-welded, Reynolds 725 frame that allow for wider tires (up to 44mm), a full set of eyelets for fenders and racks along with a great component group. 

Base Specs

  • Frame/Fork: TIG-welded Reynolds 725 double-butted, heat-treated tubing.
  • Wheels: Lightweight (1920g) and durable 700c 32 spoke wheels with black machined rims (with eyelets), silver sealed-bearing, flip-flop hubs and silver double-butted spokes.
  • Crankset: Cold-forged alloy 170mm, 144BCD.
  • Gearing: 46T chainring with both 18T deluxe freewheel and fixed cog.
  • Chain: 1/2" x 3/32" single speed chain.
  • Brakes: Low profile, forged alloy cantilever brakes.
  • Saddle: Synthetic leather in choice of racing or relaxed fit.
  • Seatpost: 27.2mm x 250mm alloy post with 24mm setback single-bolt design.
  • Stem: 26mm clamp with -17 degree rise for that classic horizontal stem look.
  • Headset: 1-1/8" threadless sealed-bearing design.
  • Handlebars: Alloy bars in your choice of 5 styles.
  • Tires: 700C x 35mm urban tires.
  • Weight: 18.5 pounds (55cm)

All of our components are white-label products from highly-regarded manufacturers, such as Andel, Tange and Tektro, that we buy direct from the factories.

Built to Order--and Customize

Every Wabi is assembled to order - from the frame up - so you can customize it the way you want. Pick your component colors, bar types, saddle type and more at no extra cost. Just tell us and we can even modify gear ratios, stem lengths or handlebar withs for free too.

We also offer lots of high-quality upgrades and accessories - from brands such as Brooks, Sugino, SRAM, Phil Wood, Fizik and more - at a significant discount to the traditional retail price. Check out our options explained page more for more info. Want something else? Contact us and we can spec it for you.

Size Chart

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.

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

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.


Shipping and Returns


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. 

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Jacob H.
United States United States

What a difference!

Not trying to sound like a bot, but i'm not, I promise, this is a genuine, non-suspicious review. I started off with a mercier kilo TT, a reliable, fun bike that was pretty interesting, with 'very' tight clearance for tires. Unfortunately, I needed a bike that could settle a more commute friendly bike. So I bought a $100 ******.... Boy, that was a rough couple of months. The coasting was hap hazard and terrible 'even though i'm used to fixed. It was without question, not rolling properly, the wheels being extremely out of true, rubbing on brakes, and being 'very' hard to ride. Needless to say, I was not having a good time while I waited patiently for my thunder. The ****** was also VERY heavy, like 35 or 40 pounds, despite being an aluminum bike. The derailer was going out, and it equated to a TERRIBLE time as the bike slowly began to eat into it's last few miles. Then I got the notification, and this **** of a commute's days were numbered. When I got the bike, the assembly was relatively quick, the front brake being way overthought as all you have to do is pull the metal tube into a bracket above the actual brake, after that, it was cake. Eager, I went for a test ride with the free wheel on. I had drop bars with the hoods attached (I never had before). To my surprise, this bike coasted, for a 'very' long time! I was actually kind of startled, as I expected it to come to a stop MUCH sooner than it had. I struggled to a stop embarrassingly, getting looks from various neighbors that had no idea what to surmise from the amateurish looking mistake. Overall, this bike is so good, that you have to be somewhat cautious about coming to a proper stop, requiring you to use the brakes. It starts off easy, coasts well, and weighs an IMPRESSIVELY light amount. Going from a piece of garbage to an actual bike is a revelation. So if you're thinking about it, need a bike for commuting on a somewhat questionable route, then I can't do much better than this quality piece of steel.

United States United States

Smooth Ride

I was looking for a light weight single speed that could fit large tire. It was this or the Steamroller. I can say that I made the right choice. The Thunder is lighter, has larger tire clearance, and a little cheaper:)

Jeffrey D.
United States United States

Surprised at the difference in quality!

I got into single speeds last year. started out with a $250 4130 chromoly frame from Bikes Direct to see if it was something that was for me. After a year or so of riding it, I felt I really loved the style of single speeds/fixed gears and wanted to go for something that was higher quality. I wasn't sure if the Thunder would be worth 4x the price but I did want to buy something that was "one of the best" after watching so much fixie content on the tube so the fact that this was made with Reynolds 720 and had great reviews on YT made me take the jump. Coming from the 4130 budget frame - this bike is awesome! No clicks or random sounds - even when going over super bumpy roads and taking curbs. it's super sturdy and light. Rides like straight butter. Didn't really think it'd be this happy with it, but I definitely as. Steel is indeed real.

Chris N.
United States United States

Does it all..

I just hit 1k miles on the Thunder I bought in the fall (delivered in November) and I can’t say enough good things about this bike. I rode a Classic almost exclusively for the three years before and loved it but I was looking for something a little more ‘capable’. Something that could take wider tires, had mounts for fenders/racks, and could handle the dirt and rough paved roads we have up here in rural Maine. After its first New England winter I can say that this bike has been through it all. Different road conditions, weather conditions, and it has handled them all extremely well. In 1000 miles the longest single ride I’ve been on was 70 miles but there have been a bunch in the 20-50 mile range and while the Thunder is plenty capable as a sturdy townie/commuter/grocery getter, I'd say it really shines on those longer rides in terms of comfort and stability. I’m really look forward to getting out for more of those in the warmer months ahead! The only changes I’ve made to the stock components other than ordering it with the Brooks C17 saddle, have been to swap out the bars to some old Cow Chippers and replace the tires, and everything is still cranking away with no issues. (As a further testament to the component set, I put thousands of miles on my Classic with virtually the same component set, never having to replace a thing.) The wide clearance has given me the ability to run a pair of 43mm Gravel King SS with SKS Edge AL 46 fenders, admittedly undersized for the tires, which has been a real game changer for the sloppy winter weather and in terms of overall ride comfort. If you’re looking for a single speed that can do it all you really can’t go wrong with the Thunder. Great quality, great looks, great ride!

Marc W.
United States United States

Believe the hype

Bike rides like a dream. Light as a feather and very quick. In the future I will be ordering a special or lightning.