The guys at Identiti had a hard act to follow with their successor to the Mr Hyde frame. Mr Hyde was a tough little unit famed for it’s ability to attack any terrain you threw its way. But better it they did. The AKA frame combines all the best features of a tough all-rounder hardtail with the right tech to bring it up to speed.
So what makes the AKA a true all-rounder? Firstly you’ve got a hell of a selling point with the adjustable horizontal dropouts that allow you to run 26″ or 650b wheels. With the recommended 150mm fork the head angle comes in at 68 degrees – steep enough to be exceptionally quick around corners but slack enough to be stable and suck up impacts on the rougher stuff.
Identiti recommend you keep things within the 120-140mm range, and I found running an adjustable travel 140-110mm Fox Talas kept things a little steeper up front with the potential to wind it in and cane it home up that hill on the road home.
To add to the super nippy handling, the AKA flies up hills. The stiff and light 7005 series aluminium brings the frame in at an impressive weight of 1905g for the 15″.
The AKA comes in a choice of Metallic Cyan, Orange, and Satin Black, features a tapered headtube that allows you to run either a 1 1/8″ or tapered fork for ultimate stiffness, and super tough ‘Twin Box’ chainstays for optimum pedaling efficiency.
Fresh out the box the frame comes with an Identiti 30.9 (frames from earlier production run may come with a 30.4) seatpost and a Diatech headset. For an ideal setup to take your ride to the next level, upgrade to a dropper post.
Personally, opting for the metallic blue option, I took the British theme and ran with it. 2012 was the year of the Jubilympics, so red gear cables, white brake cables, and red, white and blue spoke nipples combined with ODI patriot lock on grips with red and blue collars featuring little Union Jacks make this a true Britannia bike.
Running a Sram X9 1×10 setup is simple but effective, and the MRP 1x guide keeps it tight. The MRP bling ring run with a truvativ AKA crank keeps things on theme and looking fresh.
While the max recommended tyre width is 2.2, going skinnier will definitely buy you more mud clearance – lack of which is the only true issue with what can truly be described as the new reference all mountain hardtail.
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For an AKA build budget £1800- £2500.