Everything Joel said... Stock wheels are 100% crap... I replaced stockers with Stans Arch (Kona issued my shop a credit for the stock wheels) The stock chain and chainrings hate each other.... chain suck from middle to granny is chronic unless the chain is kept well lubed.. and then it is a very rare thing..I use squirt lube. I also converted the Reba to 100mm also and it's the way to go.Joe_Jitsu said:I have a 2008 Hei Hei 29er with the RP3 and the Reba. I swapped out the wheelset right away for a Mike Curiak-built set with Hope Pro II hubs and Bontrager Mustang rims. I also converted the Reba to 100mm. Otherwise the bike is stock. It is around 28 pounds with Eggbeater SL's and a cheap bottle cage.
I like the Hei Hei as a trail bike. It is very stable going up and down. It is built like a tank; I think I've plowed through every rock field from Portland, OR to Moab, UT and it doesn't seem any the worse for wear.
One problem; if I don't keep the chain lubed, I get some pretty bad chainsuck. Happened on the first ride and I notice it every time I forget to lube pre-ride. Not a deal-breaker, but worth noting.
I considered the 355 as well but the Arch is a bit more burly and I go 190# and hate truing wheels. I like the Ignightors but the didn't seem to like Stans wheels.... The Geax Suguaro was a ***** to get on the rim... broke a plastic tire lever and had to use steel. Good news is they seat right up with a hand pump. We had trouble even getting the Maxxis to seat with HV air.imiller said:thanks for the input. keep sending more pics and info. whenever i am able to buy a new frame i am pretty sure i am going to go with the hei hei. i would be building it with most likely arches or 355's and i use a combo of ignitors and crossmarks. where i am this tire combo works perfectly and its nice because they both are fairly light.
That is not the experience I had. The Maxxis Crossmarks were new and I took them straight out of the packaging (folded) and soaped them up took out the valve core and popped the beads in, juiced in some caffe latex (first time using this), put the cores back in pumped them up to 40 psi, shook and spun. I don't have to add very much air before riding. Maybe I was just luckySTT GUY said:We had trouble even getting the Maxxis to seat with HV air.