Feature: IBIS Hakka MX customized by Pro Bike Supply & Premier Bicycle Werks – Sea Otter 2018

ibis hakka mx review

“Ibis Bicycles was founded by Scot Nicol, one of the earliest mountain bikers in northern California. It began in Scot’s garage in 1981, when a friend asked him to build a frame. Nicol sold the company to an investment group in 2000, which went bankrupt within 20 months. Ibis returned to the industry at the 2005 Interbike tradeshow.” – source Wikipedia.

ibis hakka mx review

“It’s the bike we’d choose if heaven forbid, we could only have one bike. The Hakka MX is a gravel bike. It’s also a cross bike and a road bike. We’ve logged a few bike packing trips on the Hakka too.”

The Ibis Hakka MX pictured directly above is one of the stock color / build kit offerings, which in itself isn’t exactly garden variety. The bike is designed with mega versatility in mind, and caters well to 700c and 650b wheels.

ibis hakka mx review
Pardon the quality of these photos. The Ibis booth was a busy area!

For those gravel cyclists who desire something a little out of the ordinary, Ibis Cycles have teamed up with Pro Bike Supply and Premier Bicycle Werks to offer custom painted bikes and frames.

ibis hakka mx review

Pricing starts at $499 in addition to the cost of the frame, for either a gloss or matte multi-color finish and steps up to $599 for a combination of gloss and matte finishes (display bike has a $599 paintjob).

ibis hakka mx review
The famous Ibis handjob, used as a fender mount on the Hakka MX.

Dependent on frame availability, lead time for custom painted frames is 10 to 15 business days from the time of order.

ibis hakka mx review
Dropper seatpost.

Paint isn’t the only thing that can be customized through this partnership.

ibis hakka mx review

Custom painted bikes may be purchased as a frameset, stock Ibis build or a full-on, custom bike.

ibis hakka mx review

Every customized Ibis Hakka MX bike is shipped ready to ride… you have to love that.

ibis hakka mx review

This example of the Hakka MX is kitted out with a primo selection of parts, and is priced at $US 7,999.00. Note the KMC chain with alternating colors… these are not cheap items.

ibis hakka mx review

Easton, SRAM and Panaracer Gravelking SK tyres in 650b x 1.9″ are some of the primo goodies on this build.

ibis hakka mx review

No skimping on this build – SRAM Red hydraulic brake calipers.

ibis hakka mx review

ibis hakka mx review

Huge tyre clearance on the Hakka MX. The Panaracer Gravelking SK in 650b x 1.9″ measures about 2″ / 50mm in width, depending on the rim it is mounted. There is still plenty of clearance around this tyre, thanks mostly to the Hakka MX’s drive-side drop down chainstay. This design feature has gained popularity amongst manufacturers of late.

ibis hakka mx review

Easton Cycling produces plenty of gravel friendly components, including a new range of gravel double chainrings, assuming 1x / single chainrings aren’t your thing.

ibis hakka mx review

Still more to come from Sea Otter 2018! Thanks for reading!

Find out more about the Ibis Hakka MX:

Ibis Cycles

Pro Bike Supply

Premier Bicycle Werks

8 comments on “Feature: IBIS Hakka MX customized by Pro Bike Supply & Premier Bicycle Werks – Sea Otter 2018

  1. Would dearly love to get my hands on just a stock frame – had one on order for three months but no sign of any coming to the UK. Sad face.

    1. Similar experience. Ordered mine when it was announced before Xmas. Was told UK delivery in Jan, eventually turned up in March. It’s a bloody lovely bike and I’m glad I waited, which makes it such a shame that they still don’t seem to have sorted out the delivery problems.

      Only think I could suggest, is if not already tried, might be worth giving the importers a prod directly on their email link here https://www.ibiscycles.co.uk/contact-ibis-uk (they do respond). Good luck and hope it turns up before we lose the summer.

      1. Good to know yours arrived eventually Jon. I have been in touch with UK distributor – they were given delivery dates in March and April but nothing turned up. Will see if anything happens this month – I have a big pile of components ready to build.

  2. That custom painted Ibis doesn’t look to be a real Hakka. The dropped rear stays, among other things, are the giveaway. Methinks they painted another frame and are passing it off. Or, Ibis would strangely redesign the frame shortly after releasing it.

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