From the same bloodline as the 2000 era Mr Hyde and drawing heavily on the Mettle, Identiti have launched their second iteration of the AKA.
Identiti were part of the early 2000s wave of British companies putting out rad hardtails designed to do pretty much anything, and the Mr Hyde was that. Fast forward almost two decades and the AKA is the modern version of the same.
The second edition of the AKA comes with ADS (Adjustable Dropout System) allowing you to run 29″ wheels with a 120mm fork, or 27.5″ wheels and a 140mm fork.
Boost spacing keeps the rear end stiff and the rear brake mount is part of the dropout, meaning you’ll have no alignment issues. Run the AKA geared or singlespeed with 27.5 x 2.6 or 29 x 2.35″ tyres.
With a 450mm reach on both the 29 and 27.5″ size mediums, there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre when things start getting fast, steep or rowdy. Or a combination of all three.
Static head angle is a mighty 64 degrees and changes with fork length and wheelsize, but expect this bike to fly when things start getting exciting.
The 2019 AKA comes in three builds, the R, RC and RCX.
Coming in at £16,99.99 for the 27.5″ and £1799.99 for the 29″ (better RL Sektor fork), you have a Rockshox Sektor out front, a SRAM NX 11-speed groupset finished off with Gussett and Halo components.
The RX jumps to a Revelation RC and SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed with similar Gussett and Halo components for £2,199.99.
At the top of the pile, the RCX gains a MRP Ribbon fork, Shimano XT 11-speed and better Halo and Gussett parts.
Bikes are available now in three sizes and two colours.
Head over to Identiti’s website for full details and where to get your hands on one.