“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.
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.
We 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|
|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°|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||70||70||70||70||70||70|
All measurements are in millimeters unless otherwise noted.
- Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
- Front Derailleur 34.9mm
Source – Scot Nicol