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Wabi Classic Alternative Build/Complete Bike

Old 08-15-21, 12:52 PM
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So inseam measurement with no shoes is 32" and with my shoes its 33.5 which puts me in the 55cm frame. I guess I've always known I have longer legs then upper torso. I don't understand why would I take measurement without shoes if I always ride with shoes?
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Old 08-15-21, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Senrab62 View Post
Inseam, or standover is not most important in my opinion. TT length is most important, in my experience for best fit.

I'd measure CTC TT of a bike that feels comfortable, and use that as a reference point. 57-58 is my sweet spot, usually.
Amen! The main thing is TT length. Once you are riding, the other things really don't matter. Or certainly don't matter as much.
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Old 08-19-21, 10:00 AM
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So inseam measurement with no shoes is 32" and with my shoes its 33.5 which puts me in the 55cm frame. I guess I've always known I have longer legs then upper torso. I don't understand why would I take measurement without shoes if I always ride with shoes?
another wabi popped up on eBay and it’s a size 52.

edit: i just looked at the pictures and it looks like the frame is a 49. I’m comparing it to my bike which is a 52.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/USED-2017-W...-127632-2357-0

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Originally Posted by jay4usc View Post
another wabi popped up on eBay and itís a size 52.

edit: i just looked at the pictures and it looks like the frame is a 49. Iím comparing it to my bike which is a 52.
When you say it "looks like" a 49, do you mean that is the size, per the seller's description or a label on the frame, or that your calibrated eyeball made the assessment by checking pictures of it. Because it can be really difficult to get a size right just by looking.
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Old 08-19-21, 03:09 PM
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When you say it "looks like" a 49, do you mean that is the size, per the seller's description or a label on the frame, or that your calibrated eyeball made the assessment by checking pictures of it. Because it can be really difficult to get a size right just by looking.
eyeball based on where the TT and DT meets at the head tube. There’s about 2 inches between the TT and DT on my bike and looks a lot less than 2 inches on the bike for sale.
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So that Wabi went for 610 bucks. Pretty good deal.
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Old 08-19-21, 04:57 PM
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So that Wabi went for 610 bucks. Pretty good deal.

Plus $100 for shipping. If the bike is the wrong size the buyer will be very disappointed.
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Old 08-19-21, 06:20 PM
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$200 between a 4 yr old bike vs new one doesn't seem like it's worth it...
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I think it was local pick-up only and it was close to DC which is where I will be in a few days.
It wasn’t dirt cheap or anything but i have been wanting a Wabi for some time now and I think I might have been happy with it at that price.
But if there’s one cheaper elsewhere...
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Old 08-22-21, 07:12 AM
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Bought an orange kilo for $250. Now to go parts hunting!
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Got ahold of an Iro Angus frame for a hundred bucks and going to do the same.
Think I might have everything except a fork and headset in my parts bin.
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Old 08-23-21, 04:12 AM
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I really want those wabi sub15s! What wheels you running?
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I’d like a pair, as well.
Looks like I’m going to be using a set of weinmann take-offs for this build as that’s what I have sitting around.
Not crazy about ‘em, tho.
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Old 08-23-21, 06:17 AM
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What all are you going to get besides those wheels?
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Stuff I put together for the build so far:

Pair of weinmann dp18s laced to formula hubs
Easton mg60 stem
Cinelli pepper risers
Campy Veloce brakes
Thomson seatpost
Brooks swallow saddle/Brooks b17 narrow/Selle Italia flite
Gatorskins 28c
Andel classic track crankset
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Stuff I think I’m gonna get for the build:
All-city big block track fork

The rest is tbd
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Old 08-23-21, 06:36 AM
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Why are you replacing the fork?
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Not replacing it. Need a new one entirely. The frame came bare except for a bottom bracket.
Still a pretty good deal for a hundred bucks.
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Might toss that bottom bracket, tho.
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Not bad for $100. I thought I scored a good deal w/ a full kilo tt for $250 but mine comes with everything stock. I'm thinking pedals, stem, bars, seat, 28 tires to start with and then wheels and crank next.
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You did great for 250.
I got lucky in that the guy I bought the frame off of just wanted it gone.
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What a crazy rabbit hole I've gone down. So I went to my LBS to see what parts they'd recommend and ran into a nice guy that told me he's selling his All City Thunderdome frame and carbon fork for $250. I got creative and asked him if he'd trade my entire Kilo for the frame. Mind you I only paid $250 for the entire thing, it's 11 years old and I was going to replace everything on it anyway. He said yes.

So I've gone looking for a Wabi and likely ending up with a Thunderdome frame buildup.

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Lol this is gonna sound funny but similar thing happened.
Was talking to a friend and mentioned I’d be happier with the Iro Angus if I had the option of running a rear brake on it.
He says he’s looking to unload a Soma Rush frameset in my size for two hundred bucks. I couldn’t resist so now I got two bike projects, one Frankenbike and one money pit...
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Old 08-26-21, 02:46 PM
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eyeball based on where the TT and DT meets at the head tube. Thereís about 2 inches between the TT and DT on my bike and looks a lot less than 2 inches on the bike for sale.
That bike was a 49cm. We don't even make a 53cm. The seller was going off a center to top measurement on the seat tube, which is ~53m. But not a good way to measure frames (even though brands do it).
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That bike was a 49cm. We don't even make a 53cm. The seller was going off a center to top measurement on the seat tube, which is ~53m. But not a good way to measure frames (even though brands do it).
Yes, I agree with you. Using C-T can lead to inconsistent sizing, since the ST extends a different amount beyond the TT on different frames. On frames like the Wabi Classic with an integrated seatpost clamp, it extends less than on frames with separate seat clamps or collars. Personally, I prefer to size frames based on the TT length, and not worry about standover as my criterion for choosing a particular frame. The only reason I own a Wabi is because you make a smaller 650c wheel version, since the 49cm Wabi is too large for me.
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