New Bike: 2013 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe
The Wannabe Racer Does Mountain Biking
I got into cycling through mountain biking and this week I returned to those roots by purchasing a 2013 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe.
I got my first mountain bike in 2010. Its was a 2009 Rocky Mountain Fusion, a very capable hard tail. I was the definition of a weekend warrior, riding to the trails on Saturday while at school to get in a couple laps. The weekend warrior pattern continued and eventually I started considering the idea of racing mountain bikes but first I needed to get in better shape.
It is at that time that I got my first road bike. A vintage Peugeot steel frame with modern parts thrown on it. The bike was way too big for me but it worked and got me into road cycling. I soon realized I enjoyed road cycling a lot more than mountain biking at the time. It was great to get out for two hours and go much further than I could on a mountain bike. In fact, I barely could do two hour rides on my mountain bike.
So I sold my mountain bike and put the money towards my road bike. But now I am going back to mountain biking as a way to add some variety to riding. Riding on the road all the time can get boring and riding to train all the time is hard on the body and mind. Mountain biking, for me, will be about taking a break. And who knows, maybe I’ll try my hand at a race or two if all goes well.
As I said above, my new bike is a 2013 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe. The Hei Hei is Kona’s 29er dual suspension race bike and the Deluxe sits in the middle of the range just below the Supreme. The frame is made from Kona’s Race Light Scandium which, according to Kona, is all around better than just normal aluminum.Drivetrain is a 2×10 and a mix of Sram X9, X7, and X5 components. Braking is handled by Avid Elixer 3s. The fork is a RockShox Reba RL 100m with a tapered steerer and 15mm through axle while the rear shock is a Fox Float CTD (Climb Trail Descend) with 100mm of travel. The wheels are Easton XC 29ers with Maxxis Ikon rubber and since tubes are so 3 years (or more) ago, they are set up tubeless thanks to Stan’s No Tubes.This is the first bike I have owned that has no Shimano components on it so the Kona Hei Hei Deluxe will be playing the role of my anti-Shimano bike, due to some of Shimano’s business practices and how they are hurting the local bike shop.
All together, my Kona Hei Hei Deluxe weights 28lbs 12 oz (13kg) including pedals (Crank Brother Eggbeaters 3), bottle cage, and Garmin mount (can’t go anywhere without my Garmin 510).
I can’t wait to throw a leg over this bad boy and rip some trails (or shred the gnar as the kids are saying these days). Its maiden ride is scheduled for Sunday. Fingers crossed all that road biking I’ve been doing to help my mountain biking has paid off.
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