The gravel bike segment of the bike industry has fully blossomed and drop bar bikes are more versatile than ever. If you've fancied hitting up the countless farm roads, far removed from cars, in the county, mellow singletrack trails without having to load up the car, or toe the line in the fall at your local 'cross series, and want one bike to do it all, your frameset has arrived. While we admit there might be better bikes at each of those disciplines, we can think of no other bikes that are this adept at doing it all. If the idea of a drop bar quiver killer tickles your fancy, we urge you to look at the new Ibis Hakka MX Disc Frameset.
Feel free to build up this frameset for whatever adventure awaits. We really love the idea of hopping on the bike and rolling out from the house and hitting up whatever path or gravel road we find along the way. Previously Ibis offered the cyclocross focused Hakkalügi bike. While it did a pretty good job of crossing over into gravel and road rides, both the geometry and tire clearance hinted at its 'cross roots. The Hakka MX does indeed take queues from the OG Hakkalugi but extends its range, making it more of a complete all-rounder outside of the course tape. The term monster cross has dropped out of use with the advent of industry laden terms such as "road plus" and "gravel grinders" but Ibis is bringing it back into vernacular with MX being short for it. We feel most of you looking at this frameset plan to put the biggest tires adding comfort and traction to your off-road adventures and you'll be glad to know that the carbon monocoque frame clears a 2.1-inch tire in 27.5 mode or 40mm in 700c guise. Throw some MTB tires on for hitting trails or when maximum traction is needed on the dirt or throw some of the newer crop of wider, low pressure, gravel tires that roll fast on the tarmac without the tradeoff of not having grip when you hit the gravel. As this bike is aimed as a potential quiver killer, we think having wheelsets in each diameter is doable and a good way to go.
Ibis mountain bikes have been built exclusively from carbon fiber for several years now and its 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 ENVE fork takes post mount disc brakes while the frame calls for flat mount disc brakes so order calipers or adapters as needed for your build or to install current parts. One area of extra excitement for us is the bottom bracket shell. Ibis made the conscious decision to uses a threaded T47, 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 yields larger contact areas between the tubes offering greater drivetrain rigidity.
Internal cable routing works with mechanical and electronic groups and it keeps cables and housing from contamination, snags, and preserves the bike's clean line while having dropper post routing. Rear, removable, fender mounts at the bottom of the seatstays and the rear of the bottom bracket shell will come in handy during a muddy gravel race, winter training, or commuting. The Hakka is available in five sizes, fitting cyclists from 4 foot 11-inches to 6 foot 6-inches.
- A versatile carbon fiber all-road adventure bike
- Longer and lower geo offers stable on gravel and dirt
- High-modulus carbon fiber frame is light and responsive
- Disc braking offers excellent all-weather braking
- Tire clearance for 700x40 or 27.5x2.1 adds traction and comfort
- Ibis redefines the Hakkalugi as the quintessential adventure bike