Wabi Completes Tie-Dye Inspired Single-Speed

Here at Wabi Cycles, we offer custom bikes in many different configurations because we understand the perks and nuances of a tailored build.

Our latest custom creation wasn’t just about realizing our customer’s dream bike. It was about creating a functional piece of art.  

The Owner

Tulsa commuter Brian Elliott was in the market for a single-speed bike that no one else would have.

Brian is a 34-year-old financial analyst who manages an office in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. His commute to work is only eight miles round trip, but Brian said the loops downtown make it easy to prolong his ride for a better workout.

Before he got his Wabi, Brian commuted to work on an old single-speed bike that his dad bought brand new in 1987. Eventually, it was time for a change.

The Build

Brian came to us looking for the highest quality single-speed with high-end accessories that he could get for his money.

With quality on his mind, he fell in love with the ultra-lightweight Wabi Lightning SE.

In order to create a build that no one else would have, Brian came up with the idea for a tie-dye frame.

“My wife makes some great tie-dye shirts for us, so I figured why not a tie-dye a bike?” he said.

A brown, white, purple, blue, and yellow shirt was the inspiration for a one-of-a-kind paint job.

The frame started out as a Midnight Blue Lightning SE and was stripped down to bare metal. A white base coat was applied and then our painter airbrushed the tie-dye graphic by hand.

After all of the graphics were applied, including the Wabi logo, the frame was sent off to be sealed with a high-impact, clear coat, for a glossy finish.


Brain went with a standard black and silver wheelset with Grand Bois 700×26 tires. He liked the classic bike look, so we added 420mm silver drop bars, 170mm silver crank arms with Exustar PM816 pedals, a 46T chainwheel, and an 18-tooth freewheel.


With a little help from Wabi owners Matt and Curt, Brian chose a Brooks B17 Honey Leather Saddle and matching Bar Tape to compliment the tie-dye.

With commuting in mind, he chose Brooks Land’s End Rear Panniers that we hung on a silver Axiom Streamliner Road DLX.

“These things are great,” he said. “I keep my breakfast and lunch in them, [and my] computer, bike tools, rain gear, work clothes and shoes.”

Brian has been cruising the streets of Tulsa on his tie-dye bike since June 22 and already has plans to take it to some music festivals and family camping trips this summer.

“I really appreciate all of the good ideas Matt had on the build,” he said. “It’s exactly what I’d imagined.”

Start Your Custom Build Today

Custom designs are the best way to get exactly what you want. Brooks England, Grand Bois, and Axiom Cycling Gear are just a few companies we work with on custom builds.

We’re here to help every step of the way, whether you need some suggestions or know exactly what you want. Get started on your custom build by emailing contact@wabicycles.com today. We look forward to helping you create your dream bike!

2 thoughts on “Wabi Completes Tie-Dye Inspired Single-Speed”

  1. What would be the average price for a similar 3 color paint job and a clear coated raw frame respectively?


    1. Tim, you can expect an upcharge of about $500 for the work you’re describing. Please email contact at wabicycles dot com for more info.

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