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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.