Calling it the bike they’d choose if, heaven forbid, they could only have one bike, Ibis has announced the newest version of their Hakkalügi, the Hakka MX.
Top line features include the ability to run 700c or 27.5 wheels, a carbon frame that’s 150g lighter than the prior Hakkalügi, 142mm through axle rear dropout spacing, a T47 threaded BB, dropper post compatibility, fender mounts, and 1X or 2X compatibility.
Available frame colors are fireball red or coal black, and it comes as a frame only for $1999, or with a SRAM Rival 1x build for $3299 or Shimano Ultegra Di2 for $6499.
As for what it’s for, that’s entirely up to you, says Ibis. “The Hakka MX is a gravel bike. It’s also a cross bike and a road bike. We’ve logged a few bike packing trips on the Hakka, too,” read the PR material. “You can outfit the bike with 27.5 mountain bike wheels, where it’ll accept up to a 2.1 tire. Or in 700c mode, it’ll accommodate very nicely tires from 23c to over 40c. With the hydraulic brakes being so good on CX/road/gravel bikes now, coupled with the ability to run big-volume big-traction tires, this bike is a total blast on dirt, especially fast flowing singletrack.”
Ibis added that it doesn’t want to downplay the Hakka MX’s capabilities as a pure cross bike, saying this is a bike that can race competitive cross at the highest levels, and in fact it will venture onto the cyclocross World Cup scene this year.
“We’ve been testing the Hakka MX for nearly a year now, and our lead engineer on the project, Andy Jacques-Maynes, has ridden it to two victories in competitive local cyclocross races,” they said.
But if you want to go full roadie, or nearly full roadie, it’s approved for that, too. With a road bike standard 70mm bottom bracket drop and a 1000g carbon fiber frame, the Hakka transforms itself easily into an all-day comfort cruiser. Although it’s definitely not a criterium bike (remember those?), They’ve steepened the head angle on the top three sizes of Hakka (compared to the prior version) for a little more snap. Throw some lightweight 25c tires on the bike and you should be able blend in with the pack on a Saturday club ride.
With the launch of the Hakka MX, Ibis also launched its new carbon fiber gravel/cross wheelset, called the D30. The rim features a 21mm inner rim diameter and weighs 425g. They’re ideal for tires between 30-42c, but will play nice with anything down to a 23c. The D30s feature a slight hook bead. This helps keep tubeless tires locked in place at standard road pressures, they claim.
The wheels have 24 spoke drilling, bladed Pillar spokes with alloy nipples, and Ibis hubs, which can be fitted with a SRAM XD driver, a Shimano 11sp road driver, or a Shimano 11sp mountain driver (yes, they’re different). They feature 12mm through axles front and rear, and the spacing is 100mm up front and 142 in the rear.
The wheels will be available on the $3299 Rival build for an $800 upgrade, and they will ship standard on the $6499 Ultegra Di2 model. The new D30 rims are backed by a seven-year warranty, which also covers standard rim impacts.
The bike can also be outfitted with the new Ibis 733 wheelset, which is a mid-wide asymmetric hoop. It features a 475g tubeless aluminum rims with a 29mm internal width that mates well to the 2.1 tires this bike can handle. These wheels also feature Ibis hubs, PiIlar 14/15 double butted spokes and weigh 1730g.
You can also take things a step further with the Ibis carbon asymmetric 735 wheels that come standard on the Di2 kit and are available as an option on the Rival. This wheelset weighs 1598g and the 29mm inner width rims come in at a very low rotating weight of 390g. Their latest generation Ibis hubs are included and you can order them with a Shimano (mountain) or a SRAM XD driver.
For more info head out to www.ibiscycles.com.