The Kona Hei Hei saw a complete redesign last year, pulling away slightly from its race-focused roots with a few geometry tweaks that blurred the lines between XC and trail bike. It caught my attention as a solid platform for bikepacking and multi-day endurance events, with its generously sized main triangle, lightweight build, and efficient riding characteristics. I spent the better part of the last year riding the 2021 Hei Hei CR/DL, which you can read more about here (spoiler: it lived up to all of my expectations).
Kona just released updated build kits and colours for the 2022 Kona Hei Hei, and they’re looking like real head turners. Find a quick breakdown of all three below.
2022 Kona Hei Hei CR/DL
The top-end Hei Hei CR/DL is based around a carbon frame, 120mm travel RockShox Sid Ultimate fork, 1×12 SRAM GX AXS drivetrain, and a variety of high-end carbon components. For 2022, the Hei Hei comes specced with slightly wider 29 x 2.4″ Maxxis Rekon Race tires, which should help provide some more grip on the descents. The complete 2022 Kona Hei Hei CR/DL retails for $6,799 USD ($8,999 CAD) and is also available as a frameset, including the fork and shock, for $3,250 USD.
2022 Kona Hei Hei CR
The Hei Hei CR is a step down from the CR/DL, with a build kit that’s less focused on saving weight but still high performance in every way. It has the same carbon frame, Fox 34 Float Performance fork, a Shimano SLX/XT 12-speed drivetrain, and fewer carbon bits compared to the top-end model. The 2022 Kona Hei Hei CR retails for $4,999 US ($6,499 CAD).
2022 Kona Hei Hei
There is a single aluminum Hei Hei option for 2022, built up around a 6061 aluminum frame, RockShox SID 35 fork, a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain, and 29 x 2.35″ Maxxis Forekaster tires. It retails for $2,999 USD ($3,799 CAD).
See the entire line over at KonaWorld.com.
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