Hakka MX is a smart, flexible and extremely versatile bike. You can outfit it with 27.5 mountain bike wheels, where it’ll accept up to a 2.1” tire. In 700c mode, it’ll very nicely accommodate tires from 23c to over 40c.
With 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).
Here are a few of the reasons why the new Hakka MX is Ibis's most versatile bike.
Each of these disciplines likely uses a different tire, and the Hakka plays nice with any of them.
You can run any number of 700 x 40c tires for the ultra-plush Barcalounger style ride. We like this size tire for bikepacking and burlier terrain, or if you simply want to be prepared for whatever mother nature and the road less traveled wants to throw at you. Our standard tire if you're going for the 700c option is the Schwalbe G-One in a 700 x 40c size.
A lot of times we find ourselves not needing the burly capabilities of the 40c tire, yet want a tire that will give us good performance in a trouble-free size. In this instance a 33c tire is a confidence-inspiring choice. There are numerous tire choices in this size, and a lot of Cyclocross racers prefer tires around this size.
This is a bike that can race competitive cross at the highest levels. Ibis tested the Hakka MX for nearly a year before release and lead engineer Andy Jacques-Maynes rode it to two victories in competitive local cyclocross races.
With a road bike standard 70mm bottom bracket drop and a 1000g carbon fiber frame, the Hakka transforms itself effortlessly into a RAD (Ride All Day) comfort cruiser. Although it's definitely not a criterium bike (remember those?), Ibis steepend 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 can blend in with the pack on your Saturday club ride.
Stan's Grail: The guys who started the tubeless revolution, Stan's, deliver a nice package in this cross/gravel specific tubeless wheelset. The BST-R rim technology will take tires from 25c on up to 40c, and you can run tubeless pressures up to 40psi with all the tires above 32c. If you're running a tubeless tire in the 25c to 32c range, you can put up to 115psi in the tires. You may also use tubes if that's the way you like to roll. This rim weighs 460g. The Grail comes as standard equipment on the Hakka with the SRAM Rival group.
Ibis D30 Carbon: With the launch of the Hakka MX, Ibis is also launching a new carbon fiber gravel/cross wheelset, 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.
The wheels feature 24 Spoke drilling, bladed Pillar spokes with alloy nipples, and proven 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 $3,299 Rival build for an $800 upgrade free. They will ship standard on the $6,499 Ultegra Di2 model. The new D30 rims are backed by the Ibis seven-year warranty, which also covers standard rim impacts.
If you'd like to foray into Monstercross BEAST mode, try a set of 27.5" wheels with a set of 2.1 tires mounted (Ibis mentions Schwalbe Thunder Burt's). More and more people are embracing floatation traction and comfort advantages of the 27.5" wheels for light offroad and gravel use.
This wheelsize is also a favorite of the bikepacking crowd.
Ibis is offering two different 27.5" wheelsets:
Ibis 733: Another new wheelset Ibis is introducing with the Hakka MX is the mid-wide assymmetric 733 wheelset. The wheels feature Ibis 475g tubeless aluminum rims with a 29mm internal width that mates well to the 2.1 tires this bike can handle. The 32º wheels also feature Ibis hubs, PiIlar 14/15 double butted spokes and weigh 1730g.
Ibis 735 Carbon: Proven carbon assymmetric Ibis 735 wheels come standard on the Di2 kit and are available as an option on the Rival kit should you want to moderate your dispensing of c-notes but still enjoy the magic-carpet carbon ride. The 32º wheelset weighs 1598g and the 29mm inner width rims come in at a very low rotating weight of 390g. The latest generation Ibis hubs are included and you can order them with a Shimano (mountain) or a SRAM XD driver.
All the cable routing is internal, and use the new Ibis new plastic ports to allow maximum adaptability for whatever spec a rider would want. There's also a slick Di2 battery mount for complete Di2 integration.
The Hakka is also dropper post compatible. Here's a suggestion for a Hakka Hack: get a Ultegra hydro left shifter and use it to activate your dropper.
Ibis are big fans of the T47 bottom bracket standard, so have included that on the Hakka. They like the T47 because it allows a beefy 30mm spindle, and the bb simply threads into the frame so your bike mechanic won't hate on you and your bb won't creak on you.
Both component groups offered have 1X drivetrains, and the Hakka MX is also compatible with 2X drivetrains, if you simply must have a front derailleur.
The Hakka MX has some nice flat-mount rear disc mounts and utilizes a 160mm rotor. And you'll notice fender mounts on the seat stays (removable at the bottom of the stays) and forward by the bottom bracket yoke. The ENVE fork does not have fender mounts, but Ibis recommends this one here that requires no built in fender mounts.
With the hydraulic brakes being so good on CX/road/gravel bikes now, coupled with the ability to run big-traction tires, this bike is a total blast on dirt (especially fast flowing singletrack).
Check out these excepts from Chris McNally's illustrated travel journal. This ink and watercolor series recounts the Ramble Ride in Asheville NC in October 2017. The rides are multi-day, mixed terrain bike packing adventures. Chris is the Ibis in house artist extraordinaire and he was able to sport a brand spankin new Hakka MX for the trip, and tells the story in these six illustrations. Be sure to watch the video at the end.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO EXPERIENCE THE FULL STORY.