We never, ever want to wish this upon anyone, friends or enemies, but if you had to choose only one bike, could you do it, and what would it be' Tough to answer, trust us we've pondered the question long and hard, but gun to our head if we had to do it, it'd be an Ibis Hakkalugi MX. It's simply a bike that crosses over and blurs the lines of what we think a bike should be able to do well. This discipline shattering whip furthers its versatility with the ability to run 700c and 650b wheels so we'll let you cheat a little and have one bike but you can have 2 wheelsets. The original Hakkalugi's were more or less a pure 'cross racer, but the geometry tweaks and the dual-wheel size persona lets this bike shine while hopping barriers in the fall, or racking up some bikepacking miles on densely covered forest service roads in the spring. A workhorse of a frameset needs an equally stellar build and that's exactly what you get with the 2018 Hakka MX Disc Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike. As we touched on above, the older 'lugi's were 'cross weapons that we're still apt crossing over into gravel and road rides, but both the geometry and tire clearance had a muddy foothold in CX. The Hakka MX (or Monster Cross) does indeed take queues from the OG Hakkalugi, (and older Ibis bikes, we're looking at you Handjob) and extends its range, making it more of a complete all-rounder far outside of the earshot of ringing cowbells. The term monster cross isn't quite in the vernacular as frequently, with the advent of newer industry terms like "road plus" and "gravel grinders," but we always remember monster cross as stuffing the fattest tires and widest bars on our 'cross bike in an attempt to make them indestructible and the ultimate all-terrain vehicle. Leave it to Ibis, who's first steel Hakkalugi in 1997 was part cyclocross bike, and part touring bike complete with eyelets for fenders and racks, to perfect it in 2018. Aside from hanging with the guys with single-digit fat percentages raci...
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