(October 13, 2012)-Scot Nicol of Ibis Cycles chose the USGP weekend in Fort Collins Colorado to reveal the newest steed in his impressive line of products. The new disk brake equipped Hakkalugi Carbon Cyclocross bike is actually a redesigned frame built around the older Carbon Hakkalugi which first came out in 2009, and before that the steel version, which debuted in 1997.
At a small press conference held at Full Cycle in Fort Collins, Nicol talked briefly about where the idea for this bike came from, and what is new with the latest generation of the Hakkalugi. Nicol also invited Don Myrah, Danny Summerhill, and Judy Freeman, a few heavy hitters, who have been riding the new Disc Hakkalugi, to talk about their impressions of the new bike.
Nicol explained that the original Hakkalugi was designed as much for long days on dirt and gravel roads as it was for old style NorCal CX racing, and indeed this bike has gathered quite a following over the years. This being said, the new Carbon Disc Hakkalugi, redesigned to accommodate disc brakes, has taken a turn towards a more race oriented geometry and build.
“We are using all new molds this year, and also adding some new features.” Said Nicol. Changes in the geometry include a slightly lower bottom bracket, tapered steerer tube, and a press fit bottom bracket. Mud clearance has also been increased, and is now able to handle up to 38c tire sizes.
While it is obvious Nicol has covered all the bases on the design of the new Hakkalugi, it was the comments from the riders that made it clear the bike is a whole new beast. Danny Summerhill said, “I could definitely feel the difference in handling with the tapered steerer and fork combination.” Myrah, who was also riding a 324 Labs Brake Adapter system so he can run mechanical levers with the lightweight Formula R1 hydraulic disc brake, also felt the increased bonus in handling with the new frame build.
For full specs on the new Hakkalugi, visit Ibis Cycles.