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Wabi Lightening SE - Columbus Spirit Goodness Inside!

Old 09-17-12, 05:36 AM
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Wabi Lightening SE - Columbus Spirit Goodness Inside!

Hey folks, I've been away for a while, but I'm back, in a very big way.

It took me a very long while to decide on my latest fixed build. I wanted a quality steel bike, made with a great tubeset, no loud graphics, and a reasonable pricepoint. I built this bike with an eye towards loooong fixed rides. I'm looking to get into some light rando stuff in the near future. My ultimate goal is the next paris-brest-paris on the fixed gear. i have a loong road to go before i can even utter that sentence out loud, but this bike is a great start. tire clearance isnt as great as i had hoped, but sufficient for my needs.

after much, much debate, i ordered the Wabi. I was attracted to the Columbus Spirit frame, and the geometry seemed a good match for me. this is the smallest size they offer, and after getting it, it fits like it were built just for me.

I built the bike with what i consider to be the best fixed gear components available on the market today, with very few exceptions. Some compromises were made to achieve essentially all alloy components, shiny silver bits. in the end, i think the bike came out just fantastically. After some good long miles on it, i can attest that it is exactly what i wanted. No, I'mnot on the Wabi payroll in any fashion, just thrilled with this bike.

Cheers.

complete kit list:


full columbus spirit frame
campy pista crankset
campy chorus levers
campy athena skeleton brakes
FSA silver headset
all city stainless cog
PRO PLT bars
deda silver stem
thomson silver post
king Ti cages
dura-ace pedals
wheels:
rear: phil wood low flange hub to open pro
front chris king R45 hub to open pro
7900 front skewer
vittoria open corsa 320tpi tires


lots more pics all over my blog if anyone is itnerested...













set-up rando style:



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Man, that is beautiful. What's your blog?
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Originally Posted by Training.Wheels
Man, that is beautiful. What's your blog?
thanks!

it's in my signature.

edit: you may have that blocked, it's here: https://less-than-epic.blogspot.com/
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thanks!

it's in my signature.

edit: you may have that blocked, it's here: https://less-than-epic.blogspot.com/
Ahhh gahd, totally missed that. Thanks, I'll check it out.
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very nice bike, good to see that spending cubic dollars can occasionally turn out well...

they've been getting a little pissy about guys starting threads for their bikes so hopefully answering q's & making it more of a review type of thing will help keep this one open...

i, myself, was very tempted by that frame, especially when he had the $100 off pre-order dealie going but ultimately passed because i was not enthralled with the fork. however, i am interested in hearing your impressions on that campy pista crankset (its been mentioned a couple times lately in this forum), would like to learrn more about your tires, & could you please give specifics as to make/model on your "rando" rack/bag set-up?

good luck, have fun & hope you can reply before thread/
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Clackin mad stacks yo.
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Super sweet build. How much does it weigh?
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Looks beautiful man. Color me envious.
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How much does it weigh?
thats a good question, one that i dont have an answer to. my gut feeling is between 16 and 17#, just based on knowing how much my CF roadie weighs and the "pick-up" test. I'm hoping to get over to my lbs sometime soon and throw it on their scale.
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It's pretty. But I'll never understand using brifters as only levers.
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Originally Posted by markaitch
they've been getting a little pissy about guys starting threads for their bikes so hopefully answering q's & making it more of a review type of thing will help keep this one open...

good luck, have fun & hope you can reply before thread/
AngryScientist is a moderator (hence the blue star beside his name) who has been around a while, not a typical dumbass who doesn't understand how the forum works.

He's also saying more than "Hai guise, look at my sick fixie!"

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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
AngryScientist is a moderator (hence the blue star beside his name). He's also not a typical dumbass who doesn't understand how the forum works.
Agreed, but wouldn't he still post in the "new bike" thread? Im just trying to learn "this" forums posting etiquette.
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Originally Posted by IthaDan
It's pretty. But I'll never understand using brifters as only levers.
they are not "brifters" anymore. all the ergo guts have been removed, they are levers only. i also find this generation of campy hoods to be the most comfortable for me. these are a win IMO.
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Originally Posted by markaitch
would like to learrn more about your tires, & could you please give specifics as to make/model on your "rando" rack/bag set-up?
tires are tan sidewalled vittora open corsas. clincers. in my experience they are the smoothest clincher tires out there. combined with latex tubes, they rival the ride of tubulars. they wear pretty quick though, it's a tradeoff for the excellent ride quality. it should go without saying, but i dont do any skidding with this bike.

bag is a carradice. being held on with a carradice "bagman", which i modified to fit the saddle. very secure mounting.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
they are not "brifters" anymore. all the ergo guts have been removed, they are levers only. i also find this generation of campy hoods to be the most comfortable for me. these are a win IMO.
I agree, the shape is great. I guess what I'm saying is I don't understand it because I don't believe there's less value in a broken brifter than it would take to buy something like the cane creek levers and have some beer money off the top if you sold the ergos to someone.
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I agree, the shape is great. I guess what I'm saying is I don't understand it because I don't believe there's less value in a broken brifter than it would take to buy something like the cane creek levers and have some beer money off the top if you sold the ergos to someone.
Real Campy hood bodies are a bit longer and the rubber is SUPER nice, almost feels like leather. I will guess that the Campy levers flex less too
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
AngryScientist is a moderator (hence the blue star beside his name) who has been around a while, not a typical dumbass who doesn't understand how the forum works.

He's also saying more than "Hai guise, look at my sick fixie!"
i must be one of those dumbasses who doesn't know how this forum works or i would not have made the comments about this thread possibly getting locked. thanx for the explanation...
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i must be one of those dumbasses who doesn't know how this forum works
If you say so.
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Digging this build a lot. Can't wait to read of your rando adventures on it.
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Rando'ing on one gear - love it!
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