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Kona Bicycles Introduces the All New Carbon Hei Hei

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May 18, 2016 – Take another look. That really is Kona Endurance racer Spencer Paxson ripping around the trails of Vancouver Island on what appear to be very similar Hei Hei bikes. Upon closer inspection you’ll find two fresh new Hei Hei’s that are built for two different styles of rider. Both bikes feature an all new 1800g carbon frame, our proven FUSE Independent Suspension, Boost spacing and Stealth dropper post routing. The Hei Hei Race DL was developed on World Cup XC courses where an ultralight carbon frame, 100mm of front and rear travel, efficient power transfer and speed are the key components to winning. While the Hei Hei DL was built on the same WC proven carbon frame, it gets more travel up front, a trail worthy spec and a dropper post for scampering up climbs and railing descents. So no matter the riding style, or trail preference these new Carbon Hei Hei’s are ready to roll.

Hei Hei DL  ©  Kona

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“We knew that we were going to get something relatively light, but the first samples and the actual production bikes came as a bit of surprise, while the stiffness and ride quality were still spot on.” – Pat White – Product Manager

Hei Hei DL  ©  Kona
The new 100mm travel Carbon Hei Hei DL is a supremely versatile and capable trail weapon. Components like WTB’s i29 rims, 120mm Fox Float 34 forks and KS’s Lev internally routed dropper post, combined with the long reach and low standover of this modern XC bike, mean that there is not much that it won’t do.

  • Model – 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
  • Drivetrain – 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)

Hei Hei DL Race  ©  Kona
“World Cup courses are more frenetic and technical than ever, there are still stupid super steep climbs, but now you have slippery rock shoots, drop offs and jumps. The versatility to adapt to these types of terrain is not only required from the rider but also from their bike.” – Spencer Paxson – Kona Endurance Team Racer

The Hei Hei Race DL and its 100mm Fuse suspension have been tested around the world in multiple high pressure events, from World Cups in Europe, Canada and Australia, all the way through to the epic Pioneer five day stage race in New Zealand. To say this bike is race proven would be somewhat of an understatement.

Hei Hei Race Specs  ©  Kona
  • Model – 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

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