I remember shopping for a handlebar for my mountain bike, a 26-inch “dinosaur” last year and was faced with the dilemma of how long of a bar I would go for. 800mm felt a bit long and 725mm didn’t feel quite right. I ended up getting some 740s but I always wonder what if I got a longer bar? I know, I can always get a long bar and trim it down later, but what if I wanted to go back?
They say it’s the small details that count and Ibis seems to have a solution: a non-destructive, adjustable width carbon handlebar.
The idea is rather simple: a 750mm long carbon handlebar base with 25mm threaded aluminum inserts for each end. Thread ’em in and violà, an 800mm bar! It is now possible to change handlebar widths back and forth for experimenting without buying a new one.
The hollow inserts are cuttable for custom widths as well. If you manage to screwed those up, replacements are conveniently procurable at a mere $15. In addition, the bars are backed by Ibis’ seven-year warranty.
Ibis will offer the adjustable bars in two rise options: a 10mm rise Lo-Fi and a 30mm rise Hi-Fi. Both bars will have 9 degrees of up sweep, 5 degrees of back sweep, and will be compatible with 31.8mm clamps only. The bars are now shipping with select higher-end complete bike builds, as an upgrade for the entry level NX and GX builds, and will be available on its own coming this fall for $169.99.
Ibis launched this sweet long-travel 29er, the Ripmo, merely two weeks ago that got much of the mountain bike world going all oh and ah. Dw-linked frame with 145mm of rear travel, 160mm of front travel, a threaded bottom bracket and room for 2.6″ tire. What’s not to like?
And now Ibis just dropped this sweet riding video. I guess its time to post my steed on Craigslist.
It’s not piloted by some random Joe Blow, but by Ibis Cycles Enduro Team member Robin Wallner, who just so happens to be sitting in second overall at the Enduro World Series. A vignette of what this big-wheel machine is capable of doing.
If you could only have one bike, be sure to take a hard look at the new Ibis Hakka MX.
For the past few years, the spotlight on Ibis has largely been focused on iterations of the Mojo and the Ripley mountain bikes. And that’s for a good reason as they’re incredibly fun to ride plus they have some of the best customer service one can count on.
Scroll through all the mountain bike offerings on Ibis’ website and you’ll find the Hakkalügi sitting near the bottom of the site. First launched in 2009 with cantilever brakes, then in 2012 with updated geometry and ditching the cantilevers in favor of disc brakes. The Hakkalügi arguably didn’t get as much buzz as its mountain bike brethren but it has garnered a solid reputation as a competitive cross steed that also excels just about everywhere you’d like to take it to.
As good as it is, though, the Hakkalügi is getting a bit long in the tooth in the presence of the ever-growing market of gravel, aka the latest buzz type riding where all the cool kids are taking over and wanting to find a bike that can do it all.
So Ibis set out for a redesign. And the Hakka MX is it.
The Hakka MX has a carbon monocoque frame that is said to be some 150 grams lighter than the already respectable Hakkalügi. All cable routings are internal, be it Di2 or mechanical.
Further, the Hakka is compatible with both 700c and 27.5 wheels with plenty of clearance to spare (up to 40c in 700c and 2.1″ in 27.5), a 142 rear thru-axle spacing to stiffen up the rear end, and an ENVE disc cross fork up front to handle the steering.
There are even fender mounts too if you decide to throw some fenders on. From the race course to daily gravel riding, commuting, and the occasional bike packing trip, Ibis really means it when they say they design the Hakka does it all.
In addition, the Hakka features a T47 bottom bracket, a 1.5″ taper head tube, compatibility with dropper post, and the ability to decide whether to run a 2X or a 1x drivetrain without being forced to ride a particular set up. The choice is yours.
“You can seriously haul ass in the dirt: think road bike speeds on singletrack. So. Much. Fun.” Says Ibis engineer Andy Jacques-Maynes.
The Hakka MX will be available in five sizes in either fireball or coal finish on the last week of November. The Hakka MX is $1,999 as frame+fork while complete bikes will start at $3,299 with SRAM RIVAL 1 and $6,499 with Shimano Ultegra Di2. Since the bike is compatible with both 700c and 27.5 wheels, a selection of wheels will also be offered as upgrades. It’s nice to have choices and the holidays just can’t come any sooner.