Kona’s carbon fibre XC racing Hei Hei gets new look and trail-ready geometry

When lightweight meets fun

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross-country mountain bike

For 2020, Kona has redesigned its carbon fibre cross-country bike, the Hei Hei CR.

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The updated look of the carbon fibre frame, with the rear shock now mounted horizontally under the top tube instead of vertically in front of the seat tube, means that Kona’s managed to squeeze two bottle mounts inside the front triangle – one on the seat tube and one on the top side of the down tube.

The new Hei Hei CR also gets geometry updates and more travel.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
Yes, those are water bottle mounts.
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2020 Kona Hei Hei CR geometry

Size S M L XL
Seat tube length (mm) 370 420 470 530
Top tube length (mm) 573 601 627 553
Reach (mm) 415 440 465 500
Stack (mm) 591 600 605 610
Standover (mm) 741 741 741 741
Head angle (degrees) 67.5 67.5 67.5 67.5
Seat angle (degrees) 75 75 75 75
Chainstay length (mm) 430 430 430 430
Bottom bracket height (mm) 340 340 340 340
Wheelbase (mm) 1,129 1,158 1,185 1,222

Its geometry figures have grown across the board, firmly setting out the new Hei Hei’s intentions.

For the size large, the reach figure now sits at a roomy 465mm, the head tube angle has been pushed out to 67.5 degrees while the seat tube angle has been steepened to 75 degrees.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
The top model Hei Hei is decked out in impressive kit.
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Elsewhere, the 29er chassis has 430mm chainstays and a 1,185mm wheelbase. The bottom bracket height sits at 340mm with a 120mm travel fork.

In the suspension department, the Hei Hei now has 120mm of rear wheel travel, up 20mm from the outgoing model.

That travel is controlled by Kona’s Fuse Independent Suspension system, which is claimed to have excellent small bump compliance and pedalling efficiency.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
The rear shock is neatly tucked under the top tube.
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Although the rear suspension looks like Kona’s other systems, the Hei Hei relies on seatstay flex for the suspension to compress instead of having a pivot between the seat and chainstays.

The frame’s got internally routed cables from front to back and a down tube rock strike protector.

Kona has also managed to increase how far a dropper post can be inserted into the seat tube, which means you should be able to run a longer travel dropper post.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
The internal cable routing goes through the seatstays.
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The carbon Hei Hei is sold with two different build kits.

The standard CR version has Fox suspension with a 34 Float Performance Step Cast fork, a Float DPS EVOL Performance shock and a Transfer dropper.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
The down tube is protected from rock strikes.
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There’s a SRAM GX 1x 12-speed drivetrain with Truvativ 6K cranks and SRAM Guide R brakes.

WTB KOM Light i27 TCS rims are built onto DT Swiss 370 hubs with Maxxis Rekon EXO TR 3C 29 x 2.25in tyres front and rear.

The bar, stem, grips and seat clamp are all Kona own-brand kit.

The Hei Hei CR retails for £3,799 / €3,999.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
It wasn’t long ago that Pikes were fitted to enduro bikes!
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The Hei Hei CR / DL (that stands for deluxe) gets a host of top-spec parts.

As well as a SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain and G2 RSC brakes, it’s specced with a Pike Ultimate fork, Deluxe Ultimate rear shock and Reverb dropper post.

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
The green paint looks awesome.
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The same wheels and tyres as the cheaper bike feature, but there’s a Race Face bar and stem combo. This more expensive bike costs £5,249 / €5,499.

2020 Kona Hei Hei CR models and specifications

2020 Kona Hei Hei CR / DL

Kona Hei Hei CR / DL cross country mountain bike
XC bikes have come a long way!
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  • Frame: Kona Race Light Carbon 120mm travel
  • Rear shock: RockShox Deluxe Ultimate
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate DebonAir 120mm
  • Cranks: SRAM Descendant DUB Carbon 34t
  • Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM XX1 Eagle 10-50t 12 speed
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed
  • Shifter: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor
  • Handlebar: Race Face Next 35
  • Stem: Race Face Turbine R 35
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb 1x remote
  • Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Light i27 TCS on DT Swiss 370 hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Reckon EXO TR 3C 29 x 2.25in front and rear
  • Price: £5,249 / €5,499

2020 Kona Hei Hei CR

Kona Hei Hei CR cross country mountain bike
The Hei Hei CR is the cheaper offering in the carbon range.
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  • Frame: Kona Race Light Carbon 120mm travel
  • Rear shock: Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Step Cast Performance 120mm
  • Cranks: SRAM Descendant 6K DUB 34t
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM GX Eagle 10-50t 12-speed
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor
  • Handlebar: Kona XC/BC 35
  • Stem: Kona XC/BC 35
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer with Race Face 1x remote
  • Saddle: WTB SL8
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Light i27 TCS on DT Swiss 370 hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Reckon EXO TR 3C 29 x 2.25in front and rear
  • Price: £3,799 / €3,999