Known as the plushest short travel cross-country race bike in creation, for 2011 the Hei Hei 100 grows into its golden age. Designed to go quick over rough terrain, in inclement conditions, driven by a committed engine (you), the light and lively Scandium Hei Hei 100 is all good all the time. A new frame design features a tapered steer tube and integrated headset, with smaller links, more standover, a shorter stem, a longer head tube, and an offset seatpost for a balanced riding position. Remote fork lockout, 10-speed transmission, and a Kona custom XC/BC handlebar create the sweetest mountain bike in mountainville.
Strengths: kona covered every aspect of this bike impeccably, the bike is a dream machine in comparison with other bikes in the same category. With how light and responsive the frame is, climbing is a breeze...use the propedal and wait for your buddies on top. PLEASE note that i bought the frame and built this bike myself with similar but higher up components
Weaknesses: stock wheels are a bit weak for it to be on their "race" category but i'm sure Kona did this to keep the bike well priced
The hei hei 100 I've built is far from stock but the soul of this great bike is in the frame/shock combo.
I don't have to repeat what others have said in previous reviews for this bike because everything is pretty much covered.
Buy a nice tubeless wheelset and a solid set of tires to go with it and find yourself in the woods riding the crap out of this bike, and don't worry "IT'S A KONA"!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Presscott, AZ
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2011
Strengths: Suspension, SLX and XT components, sizing
Weaknesses: None yet
My last bike was a GT Marathon, tipped the scales at 32+ pounds. I wanted a faster, lighter bike with better handling and components. I found it in this bike. The suspension design is awesome, 4" that doesn't slow you down and keeps the bike in contact with the ground at all times. The fit and finish of the bike is perfect, Kona knows what they're doing. I love the pro-pedal feature on the rear shock, however, I notice myself in climbs without even thinking about it because of the way it rides. This bike has me looking forward to my next race to see the difference this quality bike will make.
Similar Products Used: GT Marathon, Specialized Rockhopper
Bike Setup: Stock except for Eggbeaters and front fork mod making it 120mm.
a Cross Country Rider
from Tampa, Florida, USA
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2011
Strengths: *** This is a Review of the redesigned 2011 model***
Responsive,Stable and Quick handling.Great looking frame, Light
Weaknesses: None so far.....maybe the stock build is a little down spec.
This is a race bike that is tough enough to handle the tough stuff. For 2011 Kona has reworked the tried and true 4 bar suspension it has used for years. They have managed to keep the ride plush and at the same time stiffened the platform and changed the leverage ratio in such a way that it leaps up short climbs and out of fast turns. If you like to ride quickly, this is a great bike for you.
Similar Products Used: 2005 Kona Hoss, 2008 Kona Four Supreme
Bike Setup: Hei Hei 100 Frame with Fox RP2 rear shock
Rock Shox Recon Gold Solo Air 100mm w/PopLoc
Industry Nine Wheel set w/Stan’s Arch ZTR rims
Sram 990 Cassette
Sram 991 Chain
Shimano XTR M970 Crank set
Crank Brothers Eggbeater SL pedals
Salsa Skewers front and rear
Hayes Stroker Carbon Brakes Front and Rear
Bontrager XXX Lite Riser Bars
Thomson Elite X4 110 mm stem
Oury Lock on grips
Kenda Kozmik Lite II tires front and rear
WTB Pure V SLT saddle with Ti rails
Shimano XTR rear derailleur RD 971
Shimano XTR front derailleur FD971
Shimano XTR shifters, right and left
Floating 2 piece Brake rotors
Titanium Bolt kits
a Cross Country Rider
from Whidbey Island, WA
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: Frame, shock, fork. Almost light for a full suss. Excellent trail manners on most technical trails, up and down. Capable of light freeride if the mood strikes.
Weaknesses: Wheelset and many stock components that need upgraded to be really considered a race rig. Included pedals are not needed, apply more effort on wheels or cassette. Cup and cone bearing headset.
This is typical Kona in an old school design that just works. All the naysayers about Kona not staying up with the times just need to ride one. It goes up, it goes down and no issues whatsoever with either. I was surprised at how well it hooks up when going up technical trail sections. It feels much lighter than it is (about 25 lbs) when riding and inspires confidence on the rough stuff. Flickable when needed but also forgiving when making hasty ride line decisions. The Fox Shox RP2 in Pro Pedal mode is certainly needed for long ascents but not a big deal once you develop the muscle memory for hitting the PP lever when required. This suspension design will bob if you hammer on it going up. However, with PP on and the fork locked out it ascends much like a hard tail and you can stand on it for long stretches when required. When the PP is off and you are descending, it is nothing but buttery love over everything and anything.
Great frame/shock combo and RockShox Recon SL fork is a proven design with rebound, compression and air dampening. The only thing I would have liked to see was more higher end components included with the stock bike, I would have gladly paid more money for this. Several of the stock components are barely adequate for this beautiful scandium frame and I immediately upgraded several of them before even leaving the shop. 5 for value, 4 for component selection, could be 3 but the ride makes up for that.
Similar Products Used: Kona Dawg, Specialized FSR, several hard tails.
Bike Setup: Mostly stock added so far - WTB Ti saddle, Hayes Stroker Trail brakes, Easton Monkey Light carbon bar, XT cassette, XT shifters
a Cross Country Rider
from Victoria, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2010
Strengths: Climbs great. Soaks up the bumps without feeling 'cushy' like a 5+5, very responsive. Light steering but not jittery.
Weaknesses: The stock tires aren't so good for the wet, rooty, rocky, muddy conditions during winter on the West Coast. Shift levers too short and causes you to have your fingers jambed up against the brake housing, will need to remedy this. Can't adjust the placement of the brakes/shifters to accomodate more room for the hands.
Love the increase in stand over height, this allows to me to ride and 18" which gives me a lot more room in the cockpit. I was surprised that the 18" fit as I came from a 16.5" on my Kikapu.
The bike at first seemed adequate at first but after the first ride and making the necessary adjustments for my preferred postion it is really growing on me.
I was surprised that it came with the SPD pedals and would have preferred instead to have some upgraded components for the cost of the pedals.
However, I'm looking forward to getting to know this bike and race it in the BC Bike Race in 2010.