The design idea behind the RE is to be able to offer a
top level, light weight steel framed road bike at a
reasonable cost. In this day of $5K+ super bikes, the
RE is a reasonably priced option. And you get the
added benefit of the superior ride feel and durability of
high end steel.

The Lightning SE fixed gear bike has been so well
received and liked by riders that I decided to create a
geared version. This is a bike with classic road racing
design that allows high performance, but with all day
comfort, and that feel that only comes from high
quality steel.

The frame features the full Spirit tube set including
rear stays, all hand tig welded, with a fillet brazed
integrated seat binder assembly, braze on mount for
the front derailleur and internal routing of the rear
brake cable through the top tube. It's a closed system,
a tube within a tube, so no problems with collecting
moisture in the top tube (or fishing for loose cables).
The fork is the same one I use on the SE, with carbon
blades and aluminum crown and steerer. It perfectly
complements the ride feel and aesthetics of the frame.

The wheels are designed to be quite light (1650g/set)
and responsive, with low profile rims for added shock
absorption. And continuing with my philosophy of
utilizing components that work well, but don't have the
brand names and associated high prices, the RE has
one of the more eclectic component groups out there.
It's definitely not a status group, but it works
beautifully. The heart of the drive train is the
Microshift Centos 10 speed components out of Taiwan.
Here's a
review, and there are others.

Complete weight of the 55cm size bike is 18.8 lbs (w/o
pedals). Sorry, the frame is not compatible with the
electronic shifting systems, but it is with any of the
mechanical shift options on the market.

Supplied with 700 x 23 tires, but will accept
up to
27mm width as well.
You can either place an order on-line, below, or call me at:
1.888.732.7030       International: 1.818.237.9496 (or via Skype at rsn_ok)
Info center:
• Want to know more about this frame? Click here
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component are for each frame size? Click
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components? Click
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philosophies, or how I choose components? Click
• Frame: Hand built using heat treated, triple butted oversized Columbus Spirit super light steel complete tube set and
forged vertical rear drops. Integrated, fillet brazed seat post bolt design. Rear brake cable routed through top tube. Braze
ons for front derailleur and two bottle cages. For more details click

• Fork: Carbon fiber blades with 1 1/8" aluminum steerer and aluminum fork ends. FSA Orbit X headset with sealed cartridge
type bearings

• Wheels: Sealed cartridge bearing hubs, 28 hole 14/15G DB stainless, 3 cross lacing, 22mm depth aero section rims with
CNCed braking surface. 1650g/set

• Drive train: Micro Shift Centos 2 X 10 system, with 11/25T cassette

• Crank/BB: Cold forged aluminum arms, 170mm, 39/50T chain rings, external bearing type sealed BB

• Tires: Kenda Koncept Kevlar bead folding 700x23, 210g each

• Brakes: Cold forged aluminum F&R with cartridge type pads,  ergonomic drop style levers

Weight, Complete bike (55cm): 18.8lb                                     
Weight, frame/fork only: (3.9lb
frame/1.2 lb fork)

To see a detailed list of components used, click here
Wabi Lightning RE Frame Set                                    $1100
(Includes frame, fork, headset and seat post clamp bolt)
Wabi  Lightning RE Bicycle                                             $1950
Steel is steel is steel, right? No. The type of tubing matters. Click here to connect to an article on steel

Lightning RE frame set highlights:
Columbus Spirit triple butted, heat treated tubing
Carbon fork
Internally routed rear brake cable
Beautifully sculpted integrated seat post binder
Sub 19 lb weight steel framed race bike
Race ready steel road bike made with Columbus
Spirit super light weight steel. Perfect combo of
light weight with the ride and responsiveness
only high quality steel can provide
Stem Size
Handlebar width
Handlebar tape options