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[Note: this was written a while ago, but got saved rather than published while I was in the middle of sorting out some hosting issues. Happily, I have a new, reliable web host]
It’s been a while since my last post about the Wabi Classic, and I’ve made a few changes to it, so this is as good a time as any for an update.
First, I’m still in love with this bike. Even non-cyclists comment on what a sexy looking ride it is. With nearly non-existent graphics, and only minimal cabling, (front and rear brakes) it looks sleek and fast even when I’m going slow. And after doing a few “upgrades”, I’ve come to appreciate the stock component selection even more. When I got fitted for a tuxedo a few months back, I realized that I’m not quite the same chest size I was twenty years ago, so I replaced the original bars with some slightly wider Ritchey Pro bars. This necessitated a new stem, and a friend offered up a Thomson at a price I couldn’t refuse. At this point, I was thinking it would look better with a black seatpost and headset. Well, talk about being half wrong. The headset looks fine, but I ended up not using the seatpost, as silver just looks right after all. While I was at it, I figured it was silly to have those sweet Tektro Campy-style levers, but not have Campagnolo brakes. So off came the stock brakes, and on went a new set of Campys.
A couple hundred bucks into “upgrades”, and I have a bike that feels exactly like the stock bike, with probably no weight benefit, other than a slightly lighter wallet. Lesson learned. Richard Snook has plenty of experience not just riding and racing, but sourcing components too. Unless you like spending money for the sake of spending money, the only thing your Wabi really needs is a set of pedals. Save the upgrades for that day when something actually needs to be replaced. Given that this bike is so enjoyable to ride, that will most likely be the tires. I’m hard pressed to suggest swapping anything else, other than the seat, should you have a personal preference.
My only complaint to date is that I would have preferred a standard headset. Not that there is anything wrong with the integrated one, it’s just a personal choice. The bike has such an old school look to it, the headset is a bit out of place.