XC vs trail – Double vision on the new Kona Hei Hei

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It’s becoming quite common for brands to follow in the footsteps of Specialized’s EVO project. Specialized took their standard bikes then ramped the spec up to 11 to create gravity focussed builds – think wider bars, shorter stems and, usually, a bit more travel.

BMC, Scott and now Kona are on board and its latest bike is the Hei Hei which comes in Race or DL flavours.

For £4k you can get the same 1,800 gram frame used to deliver either XC speed, thanks to a 100mm Reba fork, or trail thrills with a 120mm Fox 34 fork and XT drivetrain. The changes in travel also mean a 1° difference in head angle and an 8mm difference in wheelbase.

Kona has released this pretty cool video of the same rider using the bike for both its intended purposes and you can check out the spec sheets and geo charts below:

Kona Hei Hei DL

Frame – Kona Race Light Carbon
Wheel Size – 29 inch
Wheels – WTB KOM i29 TCS
Front/Rear Suspension – 120mm/100mm
Shock – Fox Float Performance
Fork – Fox Float 34 Performance 120mm Tapered
Crankset – Race Face Aeffect cinch 1.x 34t Narrow/Wide
Crankset -Shimano XT Shadow Plus 1x 11spd
Cockpit – Kona XC/BC 35 Riser bar and XC/Road 35 stem, ODI Ruffian MX grips
Brakes – Shimano XT
Tire Front – Maxxis Ardent EXO TR 29×2.25″
Tire Rear – Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29×2.2″
Saddle – WTB Volt Comp (Volt Sport SE 250 size S)
Price – £3,999

Kona Hei Hei Race DL

Frame Material – Kona Race Light Carbon
Wheel Size – 29 inch
Wheels – WTB KOM i25 TCS
KIS Platform – Fuse Independent Suspension
Front/Rear Suspension – 100mm/100mm
Shock – RockShox Monarch RL
Fork – RockShox Reba RL 100mm Tapered
Crankset – Race Face Aeffect
Drivetrain – SRAM GX 10 – 42 11spd
Cockpit – Kona XC/BC 35 Riser bar and XC/Road 35 stem
Brakes – SRAM Guide RS
Tire Front – Maxxis M340 Maxxlite 29×2.0″
Tire Rear – Maxxis M340 Maxxlite 29×2.0″
Saddle – WTB Volt Comp
Price – £3999

Both the bikes are available to buy in the UK now. For more information click here.


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