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Nashbar Nekkid VS Wabi Classic Which One for Someone New

Old 10-25-21, 02:35 PM
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Nashbar Nekkid VS Wabi Classic Which One For Someone New to SS

The Wabi Classic is $275 the Nashbar Nekkid is $125. They both should fit. I'm using it for around town but would like to try it on slower 11-14 mph group rides of 20-30 miles. Is the Wabi Really going to be that much better?


The Wabi in question...

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/bik/d/chattanooga-wabi-classic-single-speed/7394066665.html

Don't really like the bullhorn bars.

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That Wabi only has a front brake. If you are going to ride it with a singlespeed freewheel, you will need to add a rear brake. Also, Wabis are sized center to center, so a 55cm will be equivalent to a 58cm sized center to top. Make sure you stand over the bike before buying.

The Wabi frameset and wheelset are much better quality and lighter than the Nashbar. If you are climbing hills, it is worth the extra cost.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
That Wabi only has a front brake. If you are going to ride it with a singlespeed freewheel, you will need to add a rear brake. Also, Wabis are sized center to center, so a 55cm will be equivalent to a 58cm sized center to top. Make sure you stand over the bike before buying.

The Wabi frameset and wheelset are much better quality and lighter than the Nashbar. If you are climbing hills, it is worth the extra cost.
Ok. Thanks. There are definitely hills. Does something other than weight lead you to that conclusion?

On the other hand. I want to buy drops. That plus a rear brake means the Wabi is going to cost over $400 all in
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Ok. Thanks. There are definitely hills. Does something other than weight lead you to that conclusion?
No, mainly the weight difference.

As to the cost issue, you will need to buy a pair of cone wrenches to adjust the wheel bearings on the Nashbar. Either that, or pay a bike shop to do it. Sometimes, the bearings are too tight from the factory, causing unnecessary drag and wear. Also, the Wabi wheels will be true, but the Nashbar wheels might not be. Do you know how to true your wheels ? If not, more expense at the bike shop.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
No, mainly the weight difference.

As to the cost issue, you will need to buy a pair of cone wrenches to adjust the wheel bearings on the Nashbar. Either that, or pay a bike shop to do it. Sometimes, the bearings are too tight from the factory, causing unnecessary drag and wear. Also, the Wabi wheels will be true, but the Nashbar wheels might not be. Do you know how to true your wheels ? If not, more expense at the bike shop.
Also I need a fire extinguisher for when the Nashbar bike spontaneously bursts into flames. Lol. J/k you raise good points. I'm sure the Wabi is more expensive for a reason. Wish I could try them out first but I can't.
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I think the Wabi would be easier in a resale scenario so I would lean more towards it.
$275 is a great price for it. Wish it were closer to me
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Looks like the price on the wabi went up to $400. They look like quite different bikes to me. Certainly very different price-points. The Nashbar is probably good enough for how you say you plan to use it.
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
Looks like the price on the wabi went up to $400. They look like quite different bikes to me. Certainly very different price-points. The Nashbar is probably good enough for how you say you plan to use it.
$275 is what we negotiated. The only thing that makes me lean to the Wabi is it would probably be easier on the hills. Im going to buy the cheaper first and if it is just miserable in group rides I'll either get the Wabi or get a $400 ish road bike. You can actually get a 22-25lb aluminum road bike for what I'd have to out into the Wabi.

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The Wabi is a better bike. If you're looking for a bike for hills and group rides, a bike with gears will be better than either one.
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A Wabi Classic for $275?!? You'd be a fool not to go that route
noticed you said you'd buy the cheaper first then the Wabi if u don't like it... But why? Just buy the better bike at an amazing price.
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A Wabi Classic for $275?!? You'd be a fool not to go that route
noticed you said you'd buy the cheaper first then the Wabi if u don't like it... But why? Just buy the better bike at an amazing price.
Well Mama didn't raise no fools! Im really enjoying the cheaper bike so maybe I'll go ahead and buy the Wabi. Worst case scenario is I guess I can sell it for at least what I paid. Although I really don't live the bullhorns, after riding up and down some hills in Chattanooga I can see why they might be helpful.
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55cm Classic might be too large for you - especially standover. I'd measure you actual inseam and check how it clears the 32.5" standover.
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55cm Classic might be too large for you - especially standover. I'd measure you actual inseam and check how it clears the 32.5" standover.
Yeah I looked up sizing on the website. Good deal or not I think I'm just going to stick with this. I just busted my ass test-riding an old Bianchi ten-speed so I'm done with bike looking. Think I'll just concentrate on bike riding.
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With all those spacers under the Wabi’s stem, you can probably lose the Viagra stem angle and still find a comfortable handlebar height. That said, the rear tire clearance at the seat tube looks pretty tight — keep that wheel true and round!

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Originally Posted by RoadWearier View Post
Yeah I looked up sizing on the website. Good deal or not I think I'm just going to stick with this. I just busted my ass test-riding an old Bianchi ten-speed so I'm done with bike looking. Think I'll just concentrate on bike riding.
Good idea. And maybe after some riding you'll have a better idea of what you ultimately want. A lot of money and time can be wasted looking for something when you really aren't sure what you're supposed to be looking for in the first place.
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Buy the Wabi. Better quality bike and worth putting more money into over the years. Make sure it fits you, and +1 for adding a rear brake. You won't have buyer's remorse with the Wabi, the Nashbar you probably will.
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