Kona Hei Hei 100 review£2,100.00

Raceable bike that’ll scare a lot of longer travel lumps

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Kona is one of the few companies that has chosen to persevere with awkward to work with scandium alloys and gain real low weight benefits without sacrificing strength or stiffness.

The low-slung, trail-ready frame includes a tapered head tube, normal bottle cage mount and an easy to reach lockout lever on the Fox shock for when pedal bob starts to get annoying on the smoother trail sections.

There’s a remote lockout lever on the forks too, though the simpler Turn Key damped fork is poor considering the bike’s price and it struggles on more demanding terrain.

The Hei Hei’s mixed Shimano transmission, Avid brake and Mavic wheel spec is fine for the money and the Maxxis Aspen tyres inject some serious speed.

It’s the wide bar, stiff framed, plush traction ride of the Kona that make it a really engaging and properly enthusiastic singletracker though, consistently delivering more grins on test rides than more expensive, better equipped and longer travel bikes.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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