The Special features traditional butted steel frame tubing, using
heat treated, oversized Reynolds 725 chrome molybdenum
steel. Each frame is built by hand, using low temperature
brass  brazing and investment cast lugs and bottom bracket
shell. The
Special is produced to our specs in Taiwan, but by a
company that has been producing pro level brazed steel
frames for decades in Japan. The alignment of all aspects are
checked before any frame leaves the factory. The fork
features tapered cro-moly steel blades, brazed to an
investment cast crown. Fork tips and rear drops are precision
investment cast steel, and the seat post clamp is integrated
into the seat lug.

There are two critical aspects of frame design- cockpit design
(rider fit- where the rider connects to the bike and where these
points are in relation to each other) and steering/handling. Our
frame design is done here, in-house, to ensure the desired  
characteristics. The seat tube angle, top tube length and stem
height and length are the key elements to consider for correct
rider fit. Then, for handling, stability and agility are both
considered- too stable and the steering is heavy; too quick and
the bike is twitchy, more difficult to control, especially at slower
speeds. We designed the
Special using traditional road racing
geometry with tweaks for  fixed gear riding (for more info on
our
frame and wheel design philosophies, click here).

Samples are then built for stress testing on a machine. We
build to the most rigid standard, the EN, the current European
standard. This is your assurance of the quality and structural
integrity of each Wabi Cycles frame.

The
Special, as the name implies, is not just another steel
frame- the quality of tubing, design and manufacturing
combine to create the traditional ride that the best steel frames
are known for. The Wabi
Special is unlike any other fixed gear
frame you will see- it's the perfect combination of function and
art.
Special fixed gear frame details
Geometry
diagram showing how Wabi frames are measured
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* ST measured from ctr of BB to ctr of TT
See diagram below on how this is measured

Dimensions in mm            
A word on fit. There is no one way to nail correct fit on the
first try. If you've been riding a long time, you probably know
what you need, from the dimensions on an existing bike (see
our
fit guide page for more info).

One word of caution about positioning adjustments- general
wisdom is to not radically change seat height, to avoid knee
problems. This is more important the more you ride. So, try to
get as close to right as you can initially on seat height and then
modify by 3 or 4mm as needed.

I've had many years of experience in fitting people to bicycles,
both in person and long distance, so if you have any questions
as to what frame size you should get, or other dimensional
questions,
contact me and I'll be glad to help you.
Steel is steel is steel, right? No. The type of tubing matters.
Click
here to connect to an article on steel tubing. It can be
confusing- hopefully this article will help fill in some gaps.
*Traditional steel frames use 25.4mm diameter TT, 28.6mm ST
and DT. Oversized uses 28.6 TT and 31.75 DT. ST remains the
same.
A word on fit. There is no one way
to nail correct fit on the first try. If
you've been riding a long time, you
probably know what you need, from
the dimensions on an existing bike
(see our
fit guide page for more info).

One word of caution about positioning
adjustments- general wisdom is to
not radically change seat height, to
avoid knee problems. This is more
important the more you ride. So, try
to get as close to right as you can
initially on seat height and then
modify by 3 or 4mm as needed.

I've had many years of experience in
fitting people to bicycles, both in
person and long distance, so if you
have any questions as to what frame
size you should get, or other
dimensional questions,
contact me
and I'll be glad to help you.