Please note: all of our bike models come with an EU standard brake setup. This will need to be reversed to comply with UK cycling standards.
Decades of cross-country racing and punishing rides have helped Kona refine their long-standing XC race bike. The Hei Hei features updated geometry for a more comfortable ride, a shorter stem length, a 100mm travel RockShox Revelation RC fork, a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain, more powerful Shimano brakes, and deep dropper post insertion.
Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminium
Kona Race Light 7005 and 6061 are lighter, more performance-oriented fabrications of their 7005/6061 tubing. Designed to meet Kona’s discerning race specifications, Race Light 7005/6061 are custom butted to create thicker tubes at weld areas and important parts of the frame, providing incredible strength and torsional integrity to the feel of the ride. Kona remove wall thickness in other parts of the frameset to lighten up the bike, giving the perfect balance between quickness and stiffness.
Bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.
Tapered head tube
More girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing confident steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered head tube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.
12x142mm, 12x148 and 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. For 2017, you’ll see the 12x148 Boost standard in the mix. Boost spacing provides more tire clearance at the chainstay yoke, while the rear wheel is stiffer and more durable relative to a 12x142 thru-axle.
Fuse independent suspension
The Fuse Independent Suspension is designed to be as lightweight and efficient as possible, oriented specifically for the demands of the modern XC trail rider. Like all of their suspension platforms, the Fuse is designed around a single pivot with a predictable leverage ratio for a responsive, snappy feel. Built for the Hei Hei platform, the frame features a seat stay that relies on small degrees of frame flex rather than a pivot at the seat and chainstay junction. The result is an efficient, laterally stiff suspension system that takes weight savings to a new level.