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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Kona Hei-Hei Supreme Mountain Bike
Image:courtesy Kona Bikes Inc.

Kona's Dual Suspension Hei-Hei Supreme

High-tech bicycles are becoming very sophisticated and more money is being spent on the best kit for general purpose cycling or for all terrain heavy-duty riding than ever before. One of these 'exotic' cycles is the Kona Hei-Hei Supreme Mountain Bike (MTB) that comes from Kona Bikes, located in Ferndale, Washington in the United States. The Hei-Hei Supreme is a light weight X-Country full suspension Mountain Bike with a weight of about 10.9 kg (24 lbs) for an 18" frame. The frame sizes for the Hei-Hei Supreme are 14", 16", 17", 18", 19", 20", and 22", and the frame material is scandium in the dual combined colours of Ball Burnished (chrome) and White.

Kona advertises the Hei-Hei Supreme as the lightest dual suspension race bike that they manufacture. The suspension on this mountain bike is well suited for racing on rough terrain and also hard climbs. The Hei-Hei Supreme's frame has a stiff feel to it on very rough ground and the suspension utilises a Fox Float RP23 in the rear and a Rock Shox Reba World Cup 85mm in the front.

The Hei-Hei Supreme is extensively outfitted with Shimano's top line XTR series of hardware. The front derailleur, the crankarms, B/B, freewheel, and shifters are all Shimano XTR. The rear derailleur is a Shimano XT Shadow. For braking, the brake levers and front and rear calipers are the very capable Shimano XTR Disc (hydraulic).

For steering, the handlebars are FSA MK-100 OS, the stem is an FSA OS-115A, and the headset is FSA Orbit DL . FSA is also specified on the seatpost (FSA K-Force). For the wheel dynamics Kona has specified Mavic CrossMax SLR throughout (front hub, rear hub, rims and spokes) and for the contact patch, the tires are Maxxis CrossMark Exception 26x2.1 Kevlar. For the seat Kona has specified the Selle Italia Flite.

All of these top of the range components combined with Kona's excellent suspension and frame design make the Hei-Hei Supreme a very capable mountain bike in the light weight dual suspension category. Kona Bikes manufacturers suggested list price for the Hei-Hei Supreme as $5999 in the United States and 5999 Euros in Europe (2008 August Prices).

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