Kona Hei Hei 100 review

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

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,100.00 RRP
Kona Hei Hei 100

Our review

Short on travel and fork quality but big on fun and upgrade potential
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hei Hei 100 (11)
Brand Kona

Available Colours Brushed Silver
Headset Type FSA No.57B
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 5
Stem Kona XC/Road
Shifters Shimano SLX
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Saddle WTB Valcon Comp
Rims Mavic Crosside Disc Wheelset
Rear Tyre Maxxis Aspen 29x2.1 Kevlar
Rear Hub Mavic Crosside Disc Wheelset
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow SGS
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Available Sizes 16" 17" 18" 19" 20" 22" (SW)
Grips/Tape Kona Race Light LOG
Front Tyre Maxxis Aspen 29x2.1 Kevlar
Front Hub Mavic Crosside Disc Wheelset
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Frame Material Scandium Butted
Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo-Air 100mm
Cranks Shimano FC-M552 42/32/24
Chain Shimano SLX
Cassette Shimano SLX 11-34 (10 spd)
Brakes Avid Elixir 5
Spoke Type Mavic Crosside Disc Wheelset