Kona 1999 Hei Hei Hardtail Bike

4.93/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $3499.00


Product Description

1999 Kona Hei Hei, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Marzocchi Bomber Z-2 Super Fly, 2.5" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

Strengths:    Super quick handling and lightweight design for fast climbing. It will carve turns like its on rails. Climbs like its a squirrel on caffine. Great geometry for an all day ride without fatigue. Downhills are fast but in total control and no jaw shaking jitters.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
An excellent all conditions cross-country bike that will handle anything you throw at it. Great bike that you want to have for a very long time. I hope this will last me the rest of my life. Love it!

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Pro Deal

Similar Products Used:   Novara Ponderosa, Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   All stock except: Easton Carbon Riser Bars, Mythos Tires, Control Tech seatpost, Koolstop brake pads.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Helge Martinsen a Cross Country Rider from Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2002

Strengths:    The right geometry. The low weight. The shiny, fresh look. Nice welds

Weaknesses:    None, really. But I would probably miss the rear disc-brake mount when I convert to discs.

Bottom Line:   
The Hei Hei was and is my dream bike. I look forward to every time I am going out for a spin (every day, of course)
If you buy one, this cutie will follow you till your days do you apart...

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Favorite Trail:   lots of them, really

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   from a guy in NY

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F4000, GT Zaskar LE

Bike Setup:   Mavic D521 rims with XT hubs, XTR throughout the rest, except the cranks which are XT. Flite Ti Saddle and Azonic/Race Face/Chris King control center. Roox seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by j quade a Cross Country Rider from columbia mo

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2001

Strengths:    great clean welds (nothing comparied to a moots but its certinly better than a litespeed)cool dropouts nice tastefull decals good ol ti brushed finish

Weaknesses:    a little bit of bb flex just enough to make my f.deralier rub ever so slightly

Bottom Line:   
this is the best fitting bike i have ever ridden and i love it. when you push it into a corner it just wants to go faster, has a realy stabil, consitant ride all the way round the best part is that i bought this bike with the money i was supposed to fix my totaled out car with dont regret it a bit

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Favorite Trail:   berrymen

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   tryathletics

Similar Products Used:   cannodale cad3 specilized fsr many steel frames

Bike Setup:   raceface xt marzoccki z3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jacques Strappé a Cross Country Rider from Malibu

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2000

Strengths:    At 6'1"/170lb the 'Medium' is amazing!!! The geometry is perfect for aggressive XC riding, way stable on those fast downhills.

Weaknesses:    I assembled the bike out of the box and found the bottom spindle bearing rather heavy and cheap, not to mention the shimming necessary to center the spindle-swapped out for a lighter unit later.
And since the bike came with hydro brakes, swapping to center pulls made cable routing in the rear
"creative". My only two gripes!!! Oh, the stock tires SUCK on the SoCal hardpack!!!


Bottom Line:   
I've never had the Hei Hei fail me in it's handling. I could probably go for a slightly stiffer tubeset, but I might lose the soft ride that I love about this bike. The ride is SO smooth compared to a CroMo frame. The only time the BB flex is a problem is on those gnarly climbs, but it really is minimal. If you want a hardtail that becomes an extention of you, and won't beat your ass, this is your bike!
As I always say,"Once you've had Ti, you never go back!!!"

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Favorite Trail:   everyone in Moab

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   pro deal

Similar Products Used:   Numerous Fat Chances

Bike Setup:   Judy SLw/ Ti springs & Rissi damper, Mavic/Hugi/DT, XTR drivetrain/X-Ray shifters,Avid levers/Critical centerpulls,Cook Bros. crank, XTR pedals, Easton bars/ControlTech stem,Syncro post, Velociraptor/Psycho

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kona boney boy a Racer from Victoria B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2000

Strengths:    Extremely strong/light frame, beutiful welds, well-engineered "all-round" frame geometry that accomodates fast XC racing AND technical/free riding, Sandvic product, quality specs

Weaknesses:    Non replaceable der. hanger (not that I'll ever bend 6/4 Ti)

Bottom Line:   
Bought my Hei Hei frame in '96 and built it up over the years. It's no Stinky Delux in terms of the "boing" factor but as an all-round XC racing/technical hard tail it's the real deal. I've hammered my trusty Hei Hei in many BC Cup, Test of Metal and other local races and it's not even starting to feel tired.

Great bike for technical/rocky/rooty west coast trails but also a real stable rocket at high speeds. You can buy cheaper Ti frames/bikes these days but I guarantee you won't find a better all rounder than a Hei Hei. Quality, pure and simple.


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Favorite Trail:   Hot Cherry Bendover & Intestine

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   numerous steel bikes

Bike Setup:   Heinz 47: XTR rear der., Suntour XC Pro front der., XT V-brakes/cranks/hubs/headset/BB, Sachs Extreme 8 sp. shifters, Syncros seatpost, Brodie stem, Richie bar, Shimano SPD's, Rock Shox Indy SL (cheap/light/no-hassle/works great), Conti tires, Selle Italia Gel saddle

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by James a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 26, 1999

Strengths:    
the best xc bike


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
kickd ass

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Favorite Trail:   
Southpark

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
have ridden lots of bikes


Bike Setup:   
Z2 superfly xtr, race face

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Todd Scott a Racer from Royal Oak, Michigan

Date Reviewed: October 14, 1999

Strengths:    
weight, durability, clean finish, vertical compliance


Weaknesses:    
requires extra initial attention to prevent bottom bracket squeaks


Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike I've owned and ridden. It's very similar to the Voodoo except you don't have to worry about the paint scraping off and it's a little more plush. The Kona has certainly helped ease my lower back pain from long rides.[This is my honest opinion of the bike, however, Kona does provide me with limited sponsorship a.k.a. price breaks.]

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Voodoo Bizango (2), Slingshot, Gary Fisher Montare, Gary Fisher Paragon, Specialized Rockhopper


Bike Setup:   
Kona rigid Ti fork, Softride stem, Crossmax wheels, XTR 9-speed

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by richard Jodoin a Racer from Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec

Date Reviewed: September 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Since I started riding it I find myself climbing a lot more on the big ring! It's incredible. It's a lot less rough on the butt.


Weaknesses:    
No replaceable rear derailleur hanger.


Bottom Line:   
Using this bike, I won the xc Quebec city regional series in my class. I also ended up 4th in the Quebec provincial series. No bragging, I owe 90% of my success to this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
Mont-Sainte-Anne (the whole thing)

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Nothing even comes close


Bike Setup:   
99 sid xc, xtr, race face crank and hset, xt thumbshifters (unbeatable).

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by peter a Cross-Country Rider from yarmouth, me

Date Reviewed: July 24, 1999

Strengths:    
my bike kicks ass! kona has a great bike here, one that almost carves thru turns....i used to ride a stiff (and indestructable) GT alum, and the difference is just amazing. i saw a 3 year old merlin today, and after inspecting welds had not a twinge of jealousy. kona's geometry is comfortable yet still quick, and it RIPS in the fast downhill stuff. if you want a boutique ti frame withourt the boutique price, check it out. i LOVE my mountain bike.


Weaknesses:    
cable routing could be a little better thought out.


Bottom Line:   
try to find a handmade ti frame with clean welds and certified sandvik tubing for under 2500 bucks, and let me know if you see a better bike than the hei hei. 120 miles a week, it rocks.

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Favorite Trail:   
whatever i'm on

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
used to own a GT aluminum, test rode lots & lots before buying my hei hei.


Bike Setup:   
marzocchi Z1 BAM,travel reduction kit brining it back to 4 activel, heavy duty springs installed. (SICK SICK SICK fork - you gotta try one) chris king headset, raceface cranks/ chainrings/stem, xt brakes & shifters, 517's, xtr drivetrain, titec bars, thompson post, etc...none of it matters without the fork. marzocchi is the way. if you weigh more than 160 and ride more than once a week, you're wasting your dough on SID. 'zochhis been building 'em for a long, long time, and it shows the first time you ride one.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by kona guy a Downhiller from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Killer frame!


Weaknesses:    
?


Bottom Line:   
For killer riding on the Shore that isn't on a Stinky Dee Lux this is the bike for crazy chutes, drops, wheelies, ramps, logs and everything else Vancouver riding can dish out!

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Favorite Trail:   
Hangman

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Lightspeed


Bike Setup:   
North Shore set up: long travel Bombers, Maguras, Roox bar and stem, Mavic rims, XTR everything

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Robin Lefrancois a racer from Quebec City, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   


Mine is the King Kanuna Hei Hei witch is made out of ovalized tubes rather than staight gage. I love this bike so much my girlfriend is jalous ! Seriously, this bike is everything you'd want from a hardtail. It climbs like a squirrel and descend very well to. On the flat ground, the light weight is obvious as soon as you stand for an acceleration. The ride is comfortable too. This is the big advantage of titanium over steel as far as I am concerned. The riding position is the big thing with this bike, as it is for most Konas. I mean I can be stretched out and relaxed even on a tree days stage race. During this race last fall I never felt uncomfortable even at the end of the day.
I spec'ed it with a XTR gruppo and a Judy SL,Avid brakes and Titac parts.
The 95 model was even better with a 6/4 ti rear trianle!!! A super climber!!
Mine was stolen and the guy brobably don't even know what a sweet bike he is riding...

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Henry0 a downhiller from USA

Date Reviewed: March 6, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I have a Hei Hei and I love it so much. I give this bike a 5/5. It is so light and i will never have to buy another hardtail bike again.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jedi from Hawaii

Date Reviewed: December 5, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I had this bike for 2 years now and I never had any problems with the bike. I am a converted full suspension rider. This bike is built with XTR on the drive train ad XT on the hubs and shifters. I'm running Sun CR17 rims. This bike never let me down like the Full suspension bike I had... I will never give up this bike. Also I forgot., I am also riding a USE suspension seat post. All you hardtail riders sould try these. They make the ride even sweeter!!!! The only problem for some is the geometry., Try one befor you get one..

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Simon Gould a cross-country rider from England

Date Reviewed: November 17, 1998

Bottom Line:   


The bike performed super chaps, it gave an incredible ride of weight ratio and gain. The riding position was o.k but did not alter my enjoyment of the ride as the performance is undinably the best I have ever ridden.

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