Originally Posted by Dean
What about oso bikes?
Based on the specs. how do you think it compared to the Wabi?
Red Delicious to Granny Smith.
There's nothing inherently wrong with the OSO, but it comes down to personal preference. You're not getting much for a $200 premium over a BikesDirect bike though.
It's a steel single speed with a coaster brake, and it seems like an effort to capitalize on the popularity of single speed bikes. There's nothing special about it, and it's probably a perfectly functional bike. Considering that Big 5 sells coaster brake cruisers for $99, you have to wonder what the margin is on this bike. And the "Buy Now" all over the site is annoying.
As far as comparing it to the Wabi, that's not totally fair, since they're aimed at different buyers. I read the whole Wabi site, spoke with Richard on the phone for over an hour, and then spent some time Googling the company. Wabi Cycles are designed by someone that has been riding fixed gear bikes since the 70's, and has extensive experience in product development. He freely admits that he's not concerned about sales volume. Rather, it appears that he designed a bike for someone that appreciates a quality build and doesn't mind paying a bit extra for a better bike. Does that make sense?