My beautiful Ibis Hakkalugi disc cross bike was born safely at Wheelworks Saturday 24 August.
It’s a project bike from my perspective. I was pretty tied up with the TDF trip so wasn’t rushing to get it completed, but wanted to pick the components carefully and end up with something a little different. A few pieces are recycled from my other bikes like cranks and saddle but most are new.
|Ibis Hakkalugi disc|
The Shimano CX75 disc calipers were a bit of a saga too but Tristan sussed that one. My set sport a stencil saying ‘PROTOTYPE’ which definitely emphasises the newness of the product – kind of cool if not entirely reassuring. They’re mechanical disc brakes rather than hydraulic which seemed to reduce the complexity to me. I chose nice Zipp carbon seat post and stem and the same 3T Ergonova bar I ride on my road bike. Ben gave me some good advice on the cables – which are Gore with a sealed inner to keep the crap out and tyres which are Schwalbe Sammy Slicks which are a great hybrid for hardtop and gravel road surfaces. Think I’ll trim the steerer a bit once I’m more sure of my fit.
Voodoo Lounge decals yet to be fitted!
First ride today – Sunday – was a small one, but I love it! Descending with disc brakes is awesome in terms of stopping power and more importantly the control or modulation you have. Though I haven’t had the wet weather experience yet I expect that to be even more standout. The Dura-ace 11 speed shifts like a dream. It’s almost like Di2 with just a bit more movement needed for the changes but a very light action. Overall the bike felt incredibly sure-footed but also responsive and pretty light. I haven’t weighed it yet but it seems a bit heavier than my road bike but not that much.
|Shimano 11 speed|
|Shimano discs - ENVE fork|