The all-new Ibis Hakka MX gravel monstercross bike is finally official, and it’s a beast of a road bike. We first spotted it as it made a very late guest appearance at Eurobike, but they wouldn’t share too many details…until now. As a replacement for their original Hakkalugi cyclocross bike, the new Hakka MX gets a name change to better convey its intentions. Massive tire clearance, an abundance of mounts, and a stiff, aggressive-yet-stable frame, means it’ll do just about anything you want it to…
HAKKA MX FRAME DETAILS
Compared to the original Hakkalugi, there are some key changes to make this bike both more capable and more aggressive. The carbon monocoque frame is 150g lighter on average, and while Ibis isn’t ready to officially disclose the production frame weight, the prior Hak came in around 1,150-2,000g, and there’s other references to this bike being about 1,000g.
It uses a standard tapered headtube holding an ENVE CX Disc fork with inset headset parts top and bottom. On the largest three sizes (geo chart at bottom), they made the head angle slightly steeper than before to give it snappier handling, which makes it just a bit more appropriate for actual cyclocross racing.
The ENVE fork means they’re fitting standard brake calipers up front (ENVE doesn’t yet offer a flat mount CX fork), but it does have 12mm thru axles front and rear.
Out back, you do get flat mount brakes, along with the most visually striking part of the bike. A massively dropped driveside chainstay makes room for at least a 42-tooth chainring on 1x setups, or clamp on a front derailleur and run the usual range of doubles. Why would you want a double on a bike like this? Because the 70mm BB drop is on par with endurance road bikes, and maybe you want to take this out on the road for days because it easily accommodates bikepacking bags.
What makes this performance geometry particularly interesting is its combination with the ability to run both 700C Wheels and 27.5″ Wheels, the latter fitting up to a 2.1″ mountain bike tire like the Schwalbe Thunder Burt shown here.
Rear rack/fender mounting holes sit on the seatstay just above the dropout and use threaded attachments to create the actual accessory mounts. Inside the seatstay are two more bolt holes for their…
…fender mount. The lower mount is visible on the rear of the bottom bracket shell.
Blending modern with classic, they’re using a T47 bottom bracket, so you get the ease and stability of a threaded BB with modern 30mm spindle cranksets. The secret compartment hides a Di2 battery and eases internal cable and wire routing. The bike is dropper post compatible, also internal, and they hint that you can easily hack (hak?) a Shimano front shifter lever to be used as a dropper remote when running a 1x drivetrain.
By the numbers…
- Carbon Fiber Monocoque Frame, 150g lighter than prior Hakkalügi
- Compression molded carbon dropouts
- 142mm through axle rear dropout spacing
- T47 Threaded Bottom Bracket
- Versatile Internal Cable Routing
- Dropper Post Compatible
- Fender mounts
- Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
- Front Derailleur 34.9mm
- Flat Mounts for Rear Brake 140mm (max 160mm)
- 7-year warranty
Pricing starts at $1,999 for the frame and fork. You get two options for complete bikes – $3,299 with a SRAM Rival1 group, with an $800 upgrade option for Ibis’ 735 or D30 wheels, and $6,499 for Ultegra Di2. Full build specs on their website, available this November.
Stay tuned for our first ride impressions and actual weight!