It’s been a while now since we posted our Wabi Classic Review, and we’ve been big fans of Wabi bicycles ever since. This week Richard from Wabi Cycles let us know about some recent updates to both the Wabi Classic and Wabi Lightning fixed-gear bicycles. Here’s the information as provided by Wabi:
New for Wabi Classic Fixed-Gear Bike:
1. Fender and rack eyelets added (but discreet- they are on the inside of the fork blades and seat stays)
2. Tire clearance has increased to 32mm width
3. Changed to a conventional pressed-in-cups type of headset
4. Upgraded to a new, lighter (by ~25g) 17 degree stem, in polished silver finish
5. Added a 2nd set of bottle bosses, located on the seat tube
These changes seem ideal for making the Wabi Classic a great fixed-gear or single-speed commuter bike. Check out the full information on the Wabi Classic here: Wabi Classic Information
New for Wabi Lightning Fixed-Gear Bike:
1. Also added a 2nd set of bottle bosses to the Lightning, located on the seat tube
2. Upgraded to the new, lighter (by ~25g) 17 degree stem, in polished silver finish
3. Spec’ed it with the bull horn bar and front brake only, for a weight (55cm size) of 15.1 lbs. out of the box!
4. Maybe most exciting, for our less height-gifted fellow cyclists, the Wabi Lightning is now available in a scaled down 650C/42cm frame version, for riders from ~ 4’9” to 5’3”. There are a few component differences, mostly in the wheels, and a smaller diameter down tube to keep the nice road feel of the Lightning, and the weight ends up at an incredible 14.1 lbs! This is a little rocket.
5. Last but maybe not least, the matte Ano Black has left the scene, replaced by a gloss Pearl Black color. The Dreamcicle Orange is still there!
As you can see from the weights listed above, the Wabi Lightning is one of the lightest fixed-gear bikes that we’ve heard of. Check out the full information on the Wabi Lightning here: Wabi Lightning Information
From our prior experience, Wabi is doing some great things with high quality fixed-gear bikes. Our thanks to Richard for keeping us updated on these enhancements for 2011.