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NBD Wabi Classic How did I do?

Old 05-16-20, 08:13 AM
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NBD Wabi Classic How did I do?

Ok , I did it I pulled the trigger on a used Wabi classic. It weighed in at 13.2 lbs has a Chris king Head set and the tires and chain are good to go. it is set up 47 17/18. I paid $480.....How did I do ? BTW this thing rides like butter :-) I will post pics when I get to my 10 post minimum.
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Sounds like you did great!
The sooner the better as regards those pics.
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Damn didnít know 13.2lbs was even possible.
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It has a carbon seat post and carbon wheels, Im not sure about the bars, but i think they are an alloy
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You did great, sounds like a steal, welcome to the Wabi family. Youíre going to love it!

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Old 05-19-20, 04:18 AM
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Sounds like a nice bike. Good luck with it.
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No brakes?
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Old 05-19-20, 03:30 PM
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No brakes?
Yep it has a front brake ....A cane creek. I been on this thing quite bit since I got it and it is really smooth...I think Im gonna like her a lot. I just read an article about how there is a shortage of <$1000 bikes du to the Corona lock down and people not wanting to take mass transit.....al I can say is research your ride on BF and watch the classifieds!!!!
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Old 05-19-20, 04:46 PM
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Pics of my Wabi

Originally Posted by sammy76 View Post
Ok , I did it I pulled the trigger on a used Wabi classic. It weighed in at 13.2 lbs has a Chris king Head set and the tires and chain are good to go. it is set up 47 17/18. I paid $480.....How did I do ? BTW this thing rides like butter :-) I will post pics when I get to my 10 post minimum.






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Is that 13.2 lbs with or without the pedals, saddle, wheels, and crankset?
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Old 05-20-20, 04:18 AM
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It doesn't have carbon wheels, they look like the stock Wabi's and I doubt the seat post is carbon and it's not anywhere near 13.2lbs, but it's nice. It's a Wabi.
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It doesn't have carbon wheels, they look like the stock Wabi's and I doubt the seat post is carbon and it's not anywhere near 13.2lbs, but it's nice. It's a Wabi.
.....you are correct , good eye!
As pictured this Bike weighs in at 19.8 lbs
I got carried away when I first weighed it, it didn't have pedals on it and it had a race seat.
That being said I think the scale I used was giving erratic readings. so I got another weight on a reliable scale. I really like the bike and would say that the BF community gave really good feedback on the Wabi's which got me on the hunt to find this.
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What are these, photos for ants?
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Originally Posted by 50voltphantom View Post
What are these, photos for ants?
Camera is from the same manufacture as the scale...
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Originally Posted by sammy76 View Post
.....you are correct , good eye!
As pictured this Bike weighs in at 19.8 lbs
I got carried away when I first weighed it, it didn't have pedals on it and it had a race seat.
That being said I think the scale I used was giving erratic readings. so I got another weight on a reliable scale. I really like the bike and would say that the BF community gave really good feedback on the Wabi's which got me on the hunt to find this.
It's a Wabi, about the best there is. You'll have to pry my Special from my cold, dead fingers.
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where are these frames made? and why does the logo look so bad on the frame? is it a sticker or can you have them not add it if you get a complete (or if its just a sticker even better)
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You did really well for that price, Brooks saddles alone run for $80 - $100 in my area. Welcome to the Wabi cult -- it's real.
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where are these frames made? and why does the logo look so bad on the frame? is it a sticker or can you have them not add it if you get a complete (or if its just a sticker even better)
I pulled the skull and cross bones sticker off and underneath there was a japanese symbol ( for wabi I think)
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You did really well for that price, Brooks saddles alone run for $80 - $100 in my area. Welcome to the Wabi cult -- it's real.
In the interest of full disclosure ...I put the brooks (B17) on after I purchased it came with a Fizik seat that was too narrow for my liking. I have found that the good ole Brooks B17 works for me right out of the box... I am thinking about getting a fatter tire on it like a 28 as It came with a 24, and the streets here in my part of SLC are pretty ruff and potholed due to the winter weather. I am still really digging the Wabi "experience" or stated another way it beats the heck out of my 83 schwinn steel frame fixie. Later I gotta go ride.
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I would prefer the rear axle to be further forward in the dropouts--I guess that is a compromise in chain length to accomodate the two cogs. I run a 46/18 drivetrain on my Wabi Special, and have 700 x 32 tires. The rear axle is closer to the middle of the dropout slot, and I use a chain with a half link so that the axle position and tire/seat tube clearance are both good.
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I would prefer the rear axle to be further forward in the dropouts--I guess that is a compromise in chain length to accomodate the two cogs. I run a 46/18 drivetrain on my Wabi Special, and have 700 x 32 tires. The rear axle is closer to the middle of the dropout slot, and I use a chain with a half link so that the axle position and tire/seat tube clearance are both good.
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I would prefer the rear axle to be further forward in the dropouts--I guess that is a compromise in chain length to accomodate the two cogs. I run a 46/18 drivetrain on my Wabi Special, and have 700 x 32 tires. The rear axle is closer to the middle of the dropout slot, and I use a chain with a half link so that the axle position and tire/seat tube clearance are both good.
Hey dude thanks for the info. I agree as I looked at how close the Axle was to the end of the dropouts I moved it up. I removed one link from the chain and it now is mid way in the drop out. I checked the chain with a park tool go/no go tool and it was in spec. check out the picture post adjustment and let me know what you think......I am not a bike mechanic and am not sure what a half link is , but I think the current set up is ok , but I appreciate your comment and would also be interested on your thoughts on the current configuration Thanks again for the input
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Wow, that is a crazy deal, congrats!
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Where did you buy it? I’ve been looking for a used one
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Hey Sammy76, that looks good. It's definitely better for the drop out, if the axle loading is closer to where the seat and chain stay centerlines would intersect. Also, the left side of the axle won't pop out of the slot, if the axle moves under load. (The rear drop outs on my Wabi do not have retaining tabs to keep the wheel from popping out)
As the drivetrain wears, you will now have a more comfortable margin to adjust the chain tension. I put all new drivetrain parts on my Wabi Special during our "Stay at home" orders. I've now put about 300 miles on the new parts, and everything runs very smoothly. Here's a pic of the half-link chain. You can see that the link has outer plates that are bent inward to create an inner plate. On a conventional chain, when you remove a link, you are actually removing a longer segment of chain---an inner and an outer segment. The half link style chain allows a finer adjustment when setting chain length. This 3/32" chain is a silver KMC Z610HX -----bought it from Wabi.

I ran a Flip flop setup for a while, but I found that I used the 18T cog 99% of the time, and when I flipped the wheel, the drivetrain wasn't as smooth, 'cause the 2nd cog was still basically "new" and was paired with much higher wear on the chain and chainring.


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I lucked out and saw this one in the local classifieds. The guy I got it from was building another bike so he let this one go and a good price. after riding the Wabi for a couple of weeks I have nothing but good things to say about it. If I ws gonna buy a new bike I think wabi would be on my short list....I have been on their web site some and I thought they were still cranking out the bikes even though the classic is on back order......be patient and good luck
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