The Ibis Hakka MX looks ready for anything

First look at this next generation do-everything drop bar bike

Ibis has remade its cyclocross bike, the Hakkalugi, as a gravel / bikepacking rig, increasing the tire clearance and modernizing the chassis with a host of features. 

Ibis Hakka MX highlights

  • Full carbon frame
  • T47 bottom bracket
  • Internal cable routing
  • Compatible with 700c and 650b wheels and tires
  • Dropper seatpost compatible
  • Available last week of November

The Hakka MX can be run with 700c or 650b wheels and tires
The Hakka MX can be run with 700c or 650b wheels and tires

According to Ibis, the Hakka MX is intended to be the Swiss Army Knife of bicycles. It can run 700c tires ranging in width from 23 to 40mm, or 650b wheels with tires up to 2.1-inch wide.

This new Jack-of-all-trades machine has internal cable routing that can be configured for a variety of drivetrain combinations and can also accommodate an internally-routed dropper seatpost.  

The iconic Ibis
The iconic Ibis

It appears Ibis took some inspiration from Open’s U.P. gravel bike and lowered the driveside chainstay in order to maximize tire and chainring clearance without resorting to lengthy chainstays. Norco followed a similar tactic a few months ago when the company introduced the Search XR.

The Hakka MX has asymmetrical chainstays to keep the rear end short and improve chainring clearance
The Hakka MX has asymmetrical chainstays to keep the rear end short and improve chainring clearance

In addition to tweaking the frame for these growing genres, Ibis was also able to shave a claimed 150g from the previous version.

Last but certainly not least on the list of revisions is the adoption of the T47 bottom bracket standard. This oversized threaded system garnered a lot of attention when it was unveiled in November of 2015.

Since then, it’s been used by some custom frame builders but has yet to gain widespread acceptance, though that might be changing.

For those not familiar with this bottom bracket system, T47 is essentially an oversized version of a traditional BSA-threaded bottom bracket. The increased diameter allows for compatibility with 24 or 30mm crank spindles. The oversized bottom bracket shell is claimed to bolster stiffness, too. 

Hakka MX sizing
Hakka MX sizing

Ibis Hakka MX pricing and availability

The Hakka MX will be available as a frameset and as a complete bike
The Hakka MX will be available as a frameset and as a complete bike

Ibis will offer the Hakka MX as a frame with matching Enve fork, and complete builds with SRAM Rival and Shimano Ultegra Di2, both builds feature 1x drivetrains.

Since Shimano is moving at a snail’s pace to develop clutch-equipped road derailleurs, the Ultegra kit uses an XT Di2 rear derailleur.

Buyers can also choose from 700c or 650b wheels with the ability to upgrade to Ibis’ own carbon wheels.

  • Frameset: $1,999 / £2,099 / AU$2,990
  • SRAM Rival: $3,299 / £3,349 / AU$4,790
  • Ultegra Di2: $6,499 / £6,099 / AU$9,390

The Hakka MX will be available the last week of November. Visit ibiscycles.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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