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Old 04-22-14, 06:30 AM   #1
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Wabi classic vs SS Cyclocross bikes for commuting

I'm in the market for a new bike, and I need something I can mount mud flap/fenders to and probably a rack as well (havent decided yet if its worth the extra weight). I was looking at the wabi classic (this is their only model w/ eyelets) and some single speed cross bikes. Any recommendation one over the other?
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Wabis are pretty but more of a racing geometry; the specs say it can take up to a 32c which means it takes standard reach brakes. It probably can take up to a 28c tire and fenders. That's fine for commuting and some people prefer that. Personally, I'd go with a SS cross build. You can run it with 28c tires or you can go fatter. Tire sizes matter a lot and your opinion on what you need may change as you ride the bike (and over time). The wabi sure is pretty though.
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I'm in the market for a new bike, and I need something I can mount mud flap/fenders to and probably a rack as well (havent decided yet if its worth the extra weight). I was looking at the wabi classic (this is their only model w/ eyelets) and some single speed cross bikes. Any recommendation one over the other?
I own a Wabi Classic and I can't say enough good things about it, however I commute with a backpack not a rack. You could always add a flop hub to the Wabi so you can switch to single speed whenever you'd like. I would shoot Richard from Wabi an email with your commute concerns. He is a great person to deal with.
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Never heard of them so I had to look

Wabi Cycles Classic fixed gear bike specs


essentially the type of Brakes are the Obvious difference . CX SS builds would tend to use cantilevers or discs.
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Wabis are pretty but more of a racing geometry
Would the racing geo not transfer well as a commuter? I've been using a track bike to commute since October and every now and then I use an old beat up mountain bike.
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And if the pannier is a bad idea on the wabi, I can just not do it, but the fenders are pretty important.
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I love my On One Pompino. Pretty great SSCX bike with rack and fender bosses makes for a pretty great commuter.
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Would the racing geo not transfer well as a commuter? I've been using a track bike to commute since October and every now and then I use an old beat up mountain bike.

It can; some people like using racing geometry for commuters. I think the biggest advantage of the SS cross is the ability to run 32c tires and fenders. Some like to commute on 28c or skinnier tires but I'm a big fan of bigger tires. They're a bit cushier and allow you to ride well over rough surfaces. Plus at night you can't see the road as well. I run 26 x 1.5 on my drop bar commuter:

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What would be the advantages of not having a race geo for a commuter?
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