Ibis Hakkalügi Disc - 2013 $1,849.99
Face it, the days of cantilevers are coming to a close. We say good riddance, and coincidentally, so does Ibis. New for 2013, Ibis is introducing the Hakkalügi Disc Carbon Frameset. More than just a revised iteration of the 'Lügi that you've come to know and love, the Hakkalügi Disc features an all new geometry, increased strength and rigidity, and of course, the compatibility for disc brakes. Top all of that off with Enve's new tapered disc fork, and you've got yourself a wind-spitting 'cross frameset that's ready for anything.
For the new frame, the Disc's monocoque carbon fiber construction is based on the venerable, Nationals-winning Hakkalügi lay-up. The whole frame is built with pre-impregnated carbon fiber sheet, hand rolled around silicone forms, placed into a steel mold, and baked until done. This unified structure assures that it's not only lighter than ever, but strong enough for serious 'cross courses, jarring dirt roads, and trail rides. The patent pending Cylindrical Tube Technology used in the front triangle makes for excellent torsional stiffness and precise handling for those uphill-through-the-mud slogfests and snot-slick off-camber corners. In an effort to reduce as much excess weight as possible, Ibis chose to use compression molded carbon for the dropouts and the seat tube insert is also 100% carbon. All in all, the frameset comes out to around 1150 grams for the largest size.
Now, as Ibis would be the first to tell you, materials are only part of a frame's construction. The Hakkalügi Disc features a whole new geometry across every size range. For the 53cm, the seat tube angle has been relaxed by around a degree, while the top tube and head tube lengths have been shortened. So, you're going to experience a new level of nimble agility with this geometry. This is also due to the 'Lügi Disc's 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in tapered head tube and pure carbon fiber Enve Cross Disc Fork. Together, you'll experience a minimization of shudder and a heightened sensation of precision for everything from handling, to climbing, to sprinting. And to make the 'Lügi's characteristics remain even across various, sloppy terrain, the frame now accommodates up to 38mm large knob tires.
Not surprisingly, we still haven't covered all of the Hakkalügi Disc's distinguishing features -- don't worry, we're getting to the obvious one. On the quest to shave grams while increasing rigidity, Ibis adopted a BB86 press fit bottom bracket. And as long as we're hovering around this part of the bike, just above, you'll notice that there's now a top-pull front derailleur that'll improve shifts in nasty conditions. Now for the brakes. Yes, you guessed it -- the Hakkalügi Disc is setup for disc brakes. The frame uses a 135mm rear spacing with bosses for post-mount calipers and is balanced for 160mm rotor up front and a 140mm rotor out back without adapters. And while we know that you probably don't need the pitch on disc brakes, we'll give it to you anyways. It all comes down to power, and how much of your own that you're willing to give away needlessly. Disc brakes feature increased stopping power (especially in wet conditions) without the pesky issue of fork shudder. Your hands are also going to thank you for requiring them to use less force on the lever for greater gains in braking.
The Hakkalügi Disc is better at everything. It's a no brainer -- this is how 'cross bikes are supposed to be.
The Ibis Hakkalügi Disc Carbon Frameset is available in six whole sizes from 47 to 61cm and in the colors Black/yellow and White/black.
|A. Seat Tube|
|B. Top Tube||F. Standover||C. Head Tube Length||D. Head Tube Angle||E. Seat Tube Angle||Bottom Bracket Drop||Chainstay||Wheelbase|
|47||47.0cm||52.0cm||73.1cm||10.0cm||70.5 deg||74.5 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||100.7cm|
|50||50.0cm||53.0cm||74.4cm||11.5cm||71.0 deg||74.0 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||100.9cm|
|53||53.0cm||54.0cm||77.4cm||13.5cm||71.5 deg||73.5 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||101.1cm|
|55||55.0cm||55.5cm||78.2cm||15.5cm||71.5 deg||73.0 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||102.4cm|
|58||58.0cm||57.0cm||82.1cm||17.5cm||71.5 deg||73.0 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||103.7cm|
|61||61.0cm||59.0cm||83.6cm||19.5cm||71.5 deg||73.0 deg||7.0cm||43.0cm||105.7cm|