Fixie Bike for 'Little People'

For the past two years, I have ridden a fixed-gear road bike from Wabi Cycles, an L.A.-based boutique brand. I am in love with the bike, which combines the traffic-friendly advantages of a fixed gear (fast response, quick starts and stops) with the frame geometry, relative comfort, and speed of a road bike. My Wabi Lighting model climbs hills in a sprint and cranks up past 25mph on the flats, a race car of a bike made of scandium that leaps to start with its uber-light 16-pound build.

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Wabi Lightning with 650C wheels

This month, the company unveiled a new version of the Lightning made specifically for “less height-gifted cyclists,” as the company puts it. The “mini” Lightning has smaller 650C wheels (instead of the standard 700C wheels) and a 42cm frame. It fits riders from about 4 foot 9 inches tall to 5 foot 3 inches.

Women, kids, and smaller men are the market for the 42cm bike, which weighs an incredible 14.1 pounds fully built! Standard gearing is 46/16T, which achieves the same “gear inch” spec as with the 700C Lightning bike. Wabi offers multiple gearing options to pick from when you order a bike.

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Made for women, kids, and smaller men who are 5 foot 3 and under

It has a carbon fork. You can buy a freewheel hub if desired, which allows you to coast without your legs spinning on the fixed gear.

The Lighting comes in orange and black, and it costs $900. A single front brake, “bullhorn” handlebars, and a solid, fixed gear for fast, connected-to-the-bike control are standard inclusions on this sweet new mini ride made for the city or the open road.

—Stephen Regenold

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Bike weighs an incredible 14.1 pounds fully built!

Posted by Rick Murphree - 08/25/2011 01:11 PM

for those of us that are “vertically challenged” the “Little People” language is offensive. Why don’t you say “for Women and Shorter Statured Men” I’m not little, just not tall

Posted by willi - 08/31/2011 02:44 PM

we don’t have issues with our height, just you. Take on a bigger cause like saving the planet.

Posted by BBLAM - 10/03/2011 11:09 PM

Yeah, I agree. Go save the planet…too many “sensitive” people on the internet.

Posted by Chris - 04/15/2012 07:56 PM

As long as you are a cyclist, you are as tall and commanding as any tall person.

Posted by KaittheGreat - 06/07/2013 12:05 PM

lol im 5’1 i call myself little all the time. i take it you arent comfortable with your height?

Posted by Toto - 02/24/2014 09:16 AM

I am from Toronto, Ontario. I would like to know if it is possible to buy 42cm just the bike frame and 650c wheel only. I prefer the orange color of your fixi bike or the wabi lightning. let me know. Please sent me your business e-mail address and your exact website. Thank you.

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