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

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech 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.

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

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.

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

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.

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

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.

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

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…

Sadly, they aren’t bothering to give the removable rear fender mount a clever name.

…fender mount. The lower mount is visible on the rear of the bottom bracket shell.

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike frame and tech details

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…

2018 Ibis Hakka MX monstercross bike complete build options and pricing

  • 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

2018 Ibis Hakka MX gravel monster cyclocross bike geometry chart

2018 Ibis Hakka MX frame colors

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!

IbisCycles.com

36 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like a great, very versatile, bike. I suspect a lot of mud hog cross fans will complain about the mud collecting platform at the chainstay/bb area. On the top pics it looks bigger and flatter, but that might just be the angle. On the bottom frame only pics it looks like less of a factor.

    • The previous Hakkalügi had the same ‘mud shelf’ style BB/stay area. Looks worse than it is. In all honesty there was really only one race where the mud really piled up so bad that I constantly had to poke it out during running sections, but everyone had to so…

  2. Fork does not have fender mounts, Enve web page does not mention them.

    Is there an intersection between people that run fenders and those that appreciate a 150g lighter frame?

  3. And they finally dropped the “Tranny” moniker for their hardtail, which seems to no longer be offered. Good to see them moving away from that insensitive name.

    This looks good.

  4. I like the look of the flat mount rear/post mount front somehow looks more sleek than the flat mount front with extra metal to hold caliper on maybe it’s just more ‘moto’? Dunno, but this is a bitchen bike!

  5. Hey anyone have a comment as to why a great number of roady bike companies use the same offset across the size range, but then change the head angle therefore changing the trail geometry. Does that mean that some of the sizes ride well and the others don’t but the wheelbase is more marketable? The new Cannondale has different offset forks and I am guessing others do as well. Why wouldn’t Ibis or other smaller builders that cannot afford 2-3 fork molds just use the same head angle so all the bikes have the same trail number for a given tire size.

    • A couple of things here:

      1. Small frames need a slacker HA in order to avoid toe overlap. Adding fork rake at the same time happily also gives more toe clearance yet maintains trail. So if they maintained the same HA and take and therefore trail there’d be bad toe overlap in the small sizes. (Except for #4 below)

      2. BITD, when frames and forks were steel, the fork and HA geometry were sometimes ~continuously varied across sizes to (I think) keep wheelbase more consistent across the range. Someone correct me here if I’m wrong. I would make the conjecture that somewhere along the line, after most bikes started using identical geometry carbon forks, people forgot about using rake to maintain trail but kept varying HA for toe clearance.

      3. This isn’t a small builder fork and I think Enve offers multiple rakes. So maybe they’re using those here?

      4. Ibis uses the same trick that was common in the days when 29ers had 71 deg HAs with 38mm offset forks: namely, the smallest size has a steeper seat angle so the ETT varies constantly across the range. But notice how the 2 smallest sizes have almost identical reaches.

      • Indeed some companies did vary their fork offset for each frame size in the past, but I would imagine it was quite uncommon and would have only been a design feature on high end models. Each fork variant would need a part number, and when you combine that with all the different paint colours, braze ons, and axle to crown sizes necessary you suddenly have a TON of part numbers. Obviously this increases cost. All bike manufacturers are extremely price sensitive in sourcing their components since the market is very price conscious. Most people aren’t going to pay an extra $80 for a 3mm change in fork offset because bike handling is something not widely understood and therefore not widely cared about.

        If you are someone who is knowledgeable enough to worry about fork offset then there are plenty of custom frame builders out there who can deliver the perfect bike with less compromises.

    • The Enve fork is only offered in one offset. I think it’s good to have less trail on a big bike and a little more on a small bike, as the differences in wheelbase, frame and rider height, stem length will affect the steering feel, so if the trail was the same across all sizes they’d still feel/respond a little differently. Ideally there would be 2 or 3 offsets available so you could fine tune more – especially in the smaller and taller sizes. And as a previous commenter stated, the toe overlap concern drives some of the geometry – it get’s quite challenging for the large wheels and tires in the smaller sizes of drop bar bikes.

  6. “Sadly, they aren’t bothering to give the removable rear fender mount a clever name”

    I’m glad they didn’t name some trivial proprietary part. It’s cool but the “Ibis dingle berry” doesn’t have a ring to it

    • Way back in the day, Ibis used that hand shaped fitting as a cantilever brake cable-stop. It was called the “hand job” in the days or yore.

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