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Old 06-01-10, 02:06 PM   #1
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wabi sabi

So I have been on a quest for a new bike to replace my bridgestone rb-2 ss conversion. A kilo tt in chrome seems like a good deal, but then i saw a beautiful frame by wabi (wabicycles.com). The classic comes in a nice turquoise and is made from Reynolds 725 steal. The frame, fork, seat post clamp is 350. A complete is 675. While they look like they did an excellent job selecting parts, i have a feeling that i might end up changing things out anyways. Plus i have never built a bike from the ground up, and it sounds like a fun project.

It would be nice to get a better quality steal, and it seems that except for possibly IRO, no one else is offering them in this price range.

As a newb to anything but basic maintenance i was wonder what i could expect (besides taking it to the lbs for bb installation?). Also with a fresh clean slate like that what kind of parts would you throw on it?

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Old 06-01-10, 03:02 PM   #2
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I actually don't own a Wabi, so I can't speak for the installation, but you can the older model for $100 cheaper at $575: http://www.wabicycles.com/classic_bi..._sapphire.html
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wow that is sweetening the deal! Maybe i will just go for the complete then. What is the difference though? I cant see anything that screams different. Except a .4 pound difference...

Also, how did you find that page? I cant find a link to it from their site
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wow that is sweetening the deal! Maybe i will just go for the complete then. What is the difference though? I cant see anything that screams different. Except a .4 pound difference...

Also, how did you find that page? I cant find a link to it from their site
On second thought, I'm not entirely sure if this is actually available for purchase. I found it through Google, but if you try to add the bike to your cart, nothing happens. I would call them and ask if the 09 version still available (and at the listed price), because if it were, I might go for it myself.
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I have the 2010 Classic, and it's pretty sweet. The difference between it and the 2009 model is that the 09 has slightly heavier wheels. Get the complete - there's nothing on there that needs replacing right away. Give Richard a call and tell him Brian from Bikeforums sent you. If he has a 2009 model left, I'm sure he'll give you the sale price.
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I have the 2010 Classic, and it's pretty sweet. The difference between it and the 2009 model is that the 09 has slightly heavier wheels. Get the complete - there's nothing on there that needs replacing right away. Give Richard a call and tell him Brian from Bikeforums sent you. If he has a 2009 model left, I'm sure he'll give you the sale price.
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That's right. And don't you forget it. Ever.
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I em gettn all weepy!
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I would too, if I lived in Logan. It's bad enough, the abuse I get for living in Happy Valley.
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I would too, if I lived in Logan. It's bad enough, the abuse I get for living in Happy Valley.
bwahahahaha!
Also how do you use the quotes properly, i think I'm messing it up a bit

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Looks like you're removing part of the quote.
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Also how do you use the quotes properly, i think I'm messing it up a bit
You click "Reply with quote" under the post of choice; you don't have to do it manually.
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You click "Reply with quote" under the post of choice; you don't have to do it manually.
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So what did you end up getting?
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