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I Bought A Wabi

Old 03-17-22, 02:20 PM
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I Bought A Wabi

Today, I bought a used Wabi from E-bay. I couldn't be more happier. Now it's official, I'm part of the Wabi Cult.
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Old 03-17-22, 02:27 PM
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Congrats! I’m on the hunt for a Wabi special, myself, so if anyone knows someone…
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Pics or it didn't happen....jk....congrats!
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Old 03-18-22, 05:37 AM
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It wouldn't be here until the end of the month. The LBS has to disassemble it and pack it up. This all takes awhile. Shop are getting busy about now. My bike has to take a number. Dang, I wish I could have it now.
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Old 03-19-22, 04:54 AM
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Yes, Zack is our High Priest of Wabi. Should we have a offering to God to thank him for my Wabi?
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Old 03-19-22, 06:02 AM
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Yes, Zack is our High Priest of Wabi. Should we have a offering to God to thank him for my Wabi?
I can't help but wonder if you really know anything about the brand you, maybe ironically or maybe not, pledge your fealty to when you bow to a Johnny-come-lately spokesmodel instead of the founder who actually deserves your praise
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Old 03-19-22, 06:16 AM
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Hear that Zach?

He called you a spokesMODEL!

Hope your blushing;-)

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Question # 12 & 15

When did Wabi first hit the market? Anyone know? Are the first models any different then current models? And when did Zack come into the picture?
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When did Wabi first hit the market? Anyone know? Are the first models any different then current models? And when did Zack come into the picture?
Wabi Cycles was founded by Richard Snook in 2009. The original Classic is very similar to the current model. The original Lightning model featured an aluminum frame, which has been replaced with a steel frame in the current model. The newer Special and Thunder models are also unchanged since their introduction. As to Zach (not Zack) Gallardo, he joined up with Wabi when it changed ownership for the second time and moved to Colorado in 2019. Anyway, the character of Wabi was forged by its founder, Richard Snook, and the current owners are simply carrying his legacy forward.
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Old 03-27-22, 06:24 PM
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To dive back deeper into history....Richard Snook's brother Gary Snook founded a mail order bike parts shop back in the early 1980's and started it out of his garage. Richard helped his brother get his business off the ground. It went on to become a nation-wide chain (Performance). As I understand it, Richard forged the relationships with the suppliers and the brothers worked together for many years building Performance. When they parted ways Richard took that knowledge to form Wabi.

I worked with Richard back then in a local shop in Charlotte when his brother first started Performance in Chapel Hill. Aside from Wabi, Richard is the best master bike mechanic I ever worked with, I and worked with some really good ones. He was a wheel building wizard too and if you got a Wabi before he sold the business, there's a strong possibility that Richard himself either built or tensioned and trued the wheels. I think he tuned the wheels on my Special because it's now 6 years old and they only need very very minor truing every 6 months or so. Yeah, they are that good.


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Old 04-02-22, 07:31 PM
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Wabi Special=Awesomeness!


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Old 04-03-22, 01:16 AM
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