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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ibis Hakka MX. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
19 reasons to buy
- Ride quality on gravel, road and even singletrack was seen as ‘phenomenal’.
- Gear range was generous, with a deep low-end and no jumps between steps.
- Handling was responsive, stable. The Hakka leaned into corners on singletrack.
- Owners said it felt fast, even when fully loaded up for bikepacking.
- Most owners found assembly to be a breeze.
- The Hakka’s carbon frame was praised for its compliance and stiffness.
- Design of the Hakka’s frame was deemed ‘gorgeous’ by owners.
- The ‘fireball’ red colorway was lauded.
- Thunder Burt tires were grippy, Schwalbe G-Ones excelled on-road and off.
- The Hakka earnt a reputation for its climbing abilities on steep singletrack.
- For such a stiff rig, the Hakka delivered comfort on long-distance rides.
- Packaging was, reportedly, stellar.
- At 18.2lbs for a standard build – and 17lbs with custom parts, it was light.
- Clearance allows for 700x40c or 650b x 2.1” tires, with room for mud.
- A sheath over the downtube protects the carbon frame from rock strikes.
- Finish was superb. Hakka use Ibis’s iconic ‘handjob’ as a mudguard mount.
- Fully internal cabling keeps things protected and clean.
- Power transfer was seen as very efficient
- The T47 bottom-bracket is threaded, for easy replacement and maintenance.
10 reasons not to buy
- A couple of owners found gaps in their Hakka’s paintwork.
- It was reported that Thunder Burt tires didn’t roll well at low pressures.
- One reviewer was bothered by chainslap, even with a GRX Derailleur
- A tester would’ve appreciated more flare than was offered by the OEM flatbar.
- A tester said the ride was ‘jarring’, transmitting every bump on singletrack.
- Penultimate models had no mudguard mount on the front fork.
- One owner had to regrease the bottom bracket on a new Hakka.
- A ‘shelf’ on the frame behind the bottom bracket tended to collect mud.
- The last Hakka model’s fork was post-mount while the frame was flat-mount.
- Some riders felt the Hakka delivered a harsh ride, due to the bike’s uncompromising efficiency.
Bottom lineHonestly; most owners, testers and reviewers said the Hakka was loads of fun. It’s costly, yes. But the price reflects what you get for a fleet-footed and lightweight all-road machine. With such aggressive geometry, it could also definitely serve as your road-rider, given some skinnier rubber. It’s been tested and approved as a bikepacking rig, especially since it is easily set up with either a 2x or 1x derailleur. Ports are provided for electronic Di2 wiring, brake cables and hoses, or to easily install a dropper post. Reports of gaps in paintwork were sparse, but concerning. On last year’s model the fork had no fender mount and used post-mount discs, while the frame was flat mount. This made it quite a hassle to upgrade with a new pair of brakes. These problems are solved on new models. An expensive and exciting high-end machine.
Expert Reviews82/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Ibis Hakka MX Rival Review
The Ibis Hakka MX is a very lightweight, uncompromisingly stiff, fast and efficient gravel bike.
Ibis Hakka MX Review
…if you have an eye on some fast solo bikepacking quests or gravel races, this could be a bike worth taking a closer look at, provided you don’t mind paying for it.
IBIS Hakka MX Review – Ultralight Bikepacking Bike
…a versatile bikepacking bike that is super lightweight and more then capable of tearing up roads and gravel tracks.
Santa Cruz Stigmata Review vs Ibis Hakka MX (650b Setup)
Downhills, the Stigmata felt more nimble but didn’t hold a line quite as well as the Ibis.
Ibis Hakka MX First Impressions
It’s like being able to have something that handles like a mountain bike…you can ride similar terrain…but it’s more friendly to ride to the sections. Makes it a lot more fun as well.
Ibis Hakka MX vs Santa Cruz Stigmata vs Cervelo Aspero
The effort honestly felt pretty easy. I think it’s down to the rigidity of the frame.
Cervelo Aspero Review vs Ibis Hakka MX And Santa Cruz Stigmata
The Aspero can’t do the 2.1” tires that the Hakka can… I don’t think the Aspero is as capable offroad.
Ridden and Reviewed: Ibis’ Versatile Hakka MX Cyclocross/Gravel Bike
…true versatility is having a bike that can handle almost any type of riding with little compromise and just a swap of tires. The Hakka MX aces this test…it will likely become the garage monster the rest of your quiver fears.
Ibis Hakka MX Review: Ramble Approved
Loaded up with bikepacking bags, the Hakka felt fast.
Gettin’ Dirty with the New Ibis Hakka MX
…lightweight, snappy, well thought-out… While calling something a “Jack of all trades and a master of none” is not necessarily a compliment, the Hakka MX has evolved past that, which will result in a quiver coup d’etat.
Ibis Hakka MX Tested: Fire-red Play-mobile [German]
…pretty close to the perfect compromise between CX and Gravel bikes. Bikepacking is also included, but other frames are better prepared for this.