Ibis announces the Hakkalügi Disc

by Brian Mullin on October 14, 2012

Just after the USGP of Cyclocross Elite men’s race in Fort Collins, Ibis officially unveiled the new Hakkalügi
Disc. The bike is compatible with disc brakes, and gets some tweaked geometry, tapered headtube, press in bottom bracket, and wider chainstay’s to run fatter tires.

Ibis Hakkalügi Disc
Our original cyclocross frame (current holder of the 2012 UCI rainbow
stripes in the Masters 45 category) now has a sibling,  the Hakkalügi
Disc. The frame is all new and utilizes all of the latest technologies in
componentry and carbon manufacturing.

Features of the Hakkalügi Disc

  • Carbon Fiber Monocoque Frame
  • 700C Wheels
  • Disc Brake Compatible
  • 1.5″ Tapered Head Tube
  • BB92 Press Fit Bottom Bracket
  • 1050-1150g frame
  • 140mm Post Mounts for Rear Brake
  • Compression Molded Carbon Dropouts
  • Two Color Choices

The Hakkalügi Disc frame retails for $1,449.99, and complete builds include the Ultegra for $3,699.99 and the SRAM
Rival for $3,579.99. Parts selection includes Shimano BR-CX75 mechanical disc Brakes, Stan’s NoTubes IronCross wheels,Specialized Tracer tires, FSA’s Energy crank’s, a Cane Creek IS headset, ENVE composite fork, and Ibis goodies (stem, seatpost, saddle, handlebars).

Hakkalügi Disc
The Hakkalügi, while technically a cyclocross bike, has always been
much more. We’ve ridden it on road centuries, on epic dirt rides
surrounded by others on mountain bikes and in local underground races.
Some of our most popular outings are ones that involve a bit of road and
a bit of dirt.
We’ve raced it in cyclocross races, and a number
of them at that. The original Hakkalügi is what Don Myrah rode to a UCI
Masters World Championship (45-49) in 2012. He, along with Barb Howe and
Danny Summerhill have ridden ‘Lugis to National Championship victories.
In other words, it’s a legitimate cross bike as well as the most
versatile bike you’ll have in your quiver. You do have a quiver, don’t

The all-new from the contact
patch up Hakkalügi Disc, as you might have guessed by now, has disc
brakes. Another update is a change to a tapered steerer fork, which adds
a tremendous amount of front-end precision, enabling shutter-free,
predictable braking. The Hakkalügi disc has new geometry in every one of
its 6 sizes from 47cm to 61cm. We’ve also switched over to a press fit
BB, saving weight and adding rigidity. The lay-up is based on the tried
and true Hakkalügi lay-up, resulting in a phenomenally strong frame that
weighs under 1150g even in the largest size. In fact, it takes 900+ lbs
of force at the front axle to break the down tube, more than some full
suspension mountain bikes. Despite its extremely low weight, the rest of
the frame is also exceptionally strong and does not have any known weak
spots. What that means is that you can ride it for years without fear
of pesky problems like chain stay or bottom bracket cracks. Our
experience with the prior Hak is that the frame will last until someone
crashes (hard) or drives into the garage with the bikes on the roof

built in generous tire clearance. A 38C with good sized knobs will fit,
and still have a lot of wiggle room for mud, out of true wheels, and
fenders. And that’s just on the rear. The front ENVE composite fork has
even more room.

Do I Really Need Disc Brakes?
Yes. Rim brakes have greatly diminished braking power in the wet. Would
you accept driving a car that required you to think ahead a couple
hundred feet before the brakes started working in wet conditions? No.
Since cross bikes get ridden in inclement weather quite often, you are
faced with this same dilemma. With the advent of disc brakes, that’s not
true any more. You can bring the speed down faster with the discs vs
rim brakes and as mentioned, there’s no fork shudder. It also takes
lower brake lever force, so you are less prone to hand and arm fatigue.
This becomes a noticeable advantage on fast bumpy descents.

No more being kept down by ‘the man’
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the day when discs become acceptable on
cross bikes, and when the UCI relaxed their prohibition of disc brakes
back in _____ we got to work on the newest version of the “Lugi”. With
the rule changes, we also knew that the brake manufacturers would be
working hard on new hardware for us (and you). The days of drop bar
levers with integrated hydraulic cylinders aren’t quite upon us yet, but
fortunately we have a lot of excellent braking options. Our two parts
picks (Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Rival) come stock with the brand new and
excellent Shimano BR-CX75 mechanical disc brakes. While these brakes are
the best yet mechanical brakes, hydraulic brakes are superior. We are
anxiously awaiting SRAM and Shimano’s inevitable announcement of
hydraulic disc compatible drop bar levers. For now, there are options
now from both TRP (Parabox 2012) and from 324 Labs (Brake Adapter System), the 324 we have tested extensively. Formula recently showed a hydraulic brake drop bar lever with Di2 shifting integration.

In other words, we have excellent braking options now, with more on the horizon.

“It’s all about the tires”
In California where we live, the State is chronically out of money. One
of the things that suffers is road repair. The Hakkalügi Disc is a
great solution for bumpy roads. Many tire manufacturers make road tires
in 28, 32, 35 and even larger tires that are still quite light in weight
and work beautifully on the road. We’re not suggesting you ride the
Hakkalügi in a criterium, but we wouldn’t hesitate to show up on our
Saturday club ride on this bike.

The bottom line is, you can put
big road tires on it and bomb the rough roads without worrying about
your State’s road maintenance issues. And you can ride in the rain and
grit without ruining the rims.

Gravel Grinding
We’ve heard a lot of talk lately about ‘gravel road’ bikes, and the
rides in the midwest called gravel grinders: self-supported
ultra-endurance um, “races”, which are not sanctioned, but are
increasingly popular. Events like the Dirty Kanza 200 and the Trans-Iowa
are held on gravel farm roads in the midwest, and for the last couple
years there was even a ‘gravel road world championships’ which was held
in Lincoln Nebraska.
Gran Fondos (mass start organized road rides)
have become all the rage in The States over the last few years. We’ve
already started to see twists on the format, like Echelon Gran Fondo’s
Hood River Fondo, which this year added a “CrossMountain” routes that
mixes pavement with singletrack and dirt forest roads. Levi’s Gran Fondo
in Santa Rosa for the last two years also threw in a nice dirt option
over the nearly legendary Willow Creek road.

We mention these rides because we think the Hakkalügi Disc is a nearly perfect bike for this type of riding.
are aware that gravel road events are nothing new. The grandaddy of all
these rides is over in Italy and it’s called L’Eroica. The “DiscoLugi”
wouldn’t work in that ride though, as you’re not allowed to ride bikes
on this ride that are newer than about 1987. Here’s a picture from the
2012 L’Eroica by our friend Arnaud Bachelard.


Nominal Size c-t 470 500 530 550 580 610
Center to Center A 470 500 530 550 580 610
Top Tube Length B 520 530 540 555 570 590
Head Tube Length C 100 115 135 155 175 195
Chainstay Length D 430 430 430 430 430 430
Seat Tube Angle E 74.5° 74° 73.5° 73° 73° 73°
Head Tube Angle F 70.5° 71° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
Wheelbase G 1007 1009 1011 1024 1037 1057
Bottom Bracket Drop 70 70 70 70 70 70
Standover Height 731 744 774 782 821 836

All measurements are in millimeters unless otherwise noted.

Shared Measurements

  • Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
  • Front Derailleur 34.9mm

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