Short travel 29ers are among the most versatile bikes available today. With the right mix of components, you can race cross country one day, then swap on aggressive tires and wide handlebars for more rowdy riding the next.
Kona, a brand that has a reputation for being forward thinking in terms of geometry and spec, fully realized this concept with their new Hei Hei Carbon platform. The 100mm travel frame has XC World Cup proven geometry, is lightweight, and relies on a single pivot suspension system.
The new frames come dressed in one of two build kits, Race DL and standard DL. In its race oriented trim, the Hei Hei sports a 100mm fork and low profile, fast rolling rubber.
Its more aggressive sibling sports a longer travel 120mm Fox 34 fork, dropper post, and burlier tires. To better understand how these small changes impact handling and performance, check out this video from Kona.
The Hei Hei DL retails for $4699, while the Race model runs $4199. Here is a breakdown of geometry for the race and standard versions.
If you want to spend a little less, the Hei Hei is also available in aluminum with similar style build kits. For more information visit www.konaworld.com.