Why We Like The Hakka MX Disc 700c GRX Complete Gravel Bike
There are some bikes that implore us not to go too far off of smooth tarmac, and then there’s the Ibis Hakka MX, which begs us to turn off the pavement and onto something a bit more engaging. Whether rambling on fire roads or racing over faint two-track, the Hakka’s confidence-inspiring geometry and capable build allow us to ride further from the house at a race-worthy pace. Ibis designed the Hakka to be the “Swiss Army knife” of their lineup, and this Hakka comes dressed to the nines with Shimano’s GRX drivetrain and Stan’s 700c HKMX Grail WS SH 142 wheels for optimal handling and performance on mixed terrain.
The previous generations of Hakka did a pretty good job of crossing over into gravel and road rides, but both the geometry and tire clearance hinted at its 'cross roots. The Hakka MX takes cues from the OG Hakka, but it extends its range, making it more of a complete all-rounder outside the course tape. The relatively steep head tube and seat tube angles make for an efficient pedaling platform, while the short chainstays ensure the Hakka’s nimble nature around tight turns and features. Ibis mountain bikes have been built exclusively from carbon fiber for several years now, and their expertise with the material means they know how to build a stiff, light, durable, and responsive frame. A tapered headtube provides the perfect foundation of unyielding stiffness needed for excellent tracking, hard braking, and out of the saddle climbing. The included ENVE fork contributes to the stiffness while working in tandem with the frame to absorb the jolts from washboard descents and all the rocks and roots found off the beaten path.
The Hakka uses a T47 24mm Hellbender bottom bracket, which provides an oversized, threaded shell and cup that is easier to install and maintain and less likely to develop an irritating press-fit creaking, popping, and squeaking. A wider range of crank diameter spindles can be used without sacrificing bearing diameter, and larger spindles forced in a standard diameter threaded shell. The bigger shell also yields larger contact areas between the tubes, which increases lateral stiffness and creates more room for wider tires. This Hakka model is spec’d with Shimano’s GRX drivetrain, with ample gearing to get you up and over that next ridgeline with a cassette ranging from 11-46t, while the Stan’s Grail Wheels and Maxxis Rambler 40mm tires provide the confidence to get you there.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- A do-anything gravel grinder that keeps its CX roots nearby
- Longer and lower geometry for stability on gravel and dirt
- High-modulus carbon fiber frame is light and responsive
- ENVE fork tames terrain and delivers comfort over long miles
- Disc brakes offer excellent all-weather braking on all terrain
- Shimano GRX drivetrain offers enhanced off-road performance
- Maxxis Rambler 40mm tires provide grip on mixed terrain
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