XC RACE LIGHT

HEI HEI SUPREME

KONA CARBON INTERNAL HEADSET TAPERED HEADTUBE TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS 12X142 REAR AXLES BEAMER INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION DROPPER POST COMPATIBLE 29" WHEELS
Winner of the Mongolia Bike Challenge, the BC Bike Race and TransRockies, the Kona Carbon Hei Hei Supreme is about as much fun as you can possibly have on a 100mm dual-suspension XC race bike. Designed around our quick and efficient yet surprisingly plush Beamer Independent Suspension, with a short, laterally stiff, super-speedy rear triangle, the Kona Carbon Race Hei Hei Supreme is an amalgamation of everything we’ve ever learned about going fast on singletrack. Featuring Stealth dropper post routing and top-drawer components, this year’s model is all about annihilating the competition with a big ol’ smile.

“Surprisingly capable in technical conditions for an XC rig.” —Bike Magazine (US)

  • Avid X0 Trail hydraulic disc brakes
  • RockShox SID XXS 100mm fork and Monarch RT3 damper
  • RaceFace NEXT SL cranks
  • SRAM XO1/XX1 drivetrain
  • Stan’s ZTR Crest wheelset w/ Maxxis IKON EXO TR 29-inch tires

SPECS

Frame Material Kona Race Light Carbon 100mm Travel
Sizes 15", 17", 18", 19", 21"
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT3
Fork RockShox SID XXS 100mm QR15 Tapered XLOC
Crankarms RaceFace Next SL
Chainrings 34t
B/B RaceFace Next
Pedals n/a
Chain KMC X11
Freewheel SRAM XG1195 10-42t 11spd
F/D n/a
R/D SRAM XX1
Shifters SRAM XO1
Brake Calipers SRAM Guide RSC
Front Brake Rotor Avid Centerline 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid Centerline 160mm
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RSC
Headset FSA No.57E/SLFSA No.57E/SL
Handlebar RaceFace Next 35
Stem RaceFace Turbine 35
Seatpost RaceFace Turbine
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Race
Front Hub Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset QR15
Rear Hub Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset 142x12mm
Spokes Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset
Rims Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset
Front Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Paint Color Gloss UD Carbon w/Purple, Orange, White & Black
Extras n/a

TECHNOLOGY

XC RACE LIGHT

Super fast and really fun: that’s how we like to describe our 2015 lineup of Race Light XC bikes. Since cross-country legend Joe Murray designed some of our first bikes back in 1988, we’ve always been focused on creating incredibly light, ridiculously fast mountain bikes. But what differentiates us from the competition is our want to ensure our bikes deliver equally on the smile quotient. From our technically capable Hei Hei series of dual-suspension trail igniters to the legendary ride of the Kahuna hardtails, no one puts more fun into going fast than Kona.

KONA CARBON

To create our growing fleet of Kona Carbon bikes our design team works intimately with our manufacturers to ensure the desired ride characteristics, durability demands and weight stipulations are met to the highest standards possible. Kona Carbon bikes are feather-light, super-fast, extremely durable and wildly fun.

WHEN DO WE CHOOSE CARBON?

The first step in the design phase is ensuring how carbon fiber can be optimized for its intended use. An increasingly refined and tested material, carbon fiber is the ideal choice when it comes to creating light, tough, playful bikes. While we’re selective when choosing carbon fiber for a given application, for certain models it provides that perfect balance of weight, strength, frame damping, stiffness, compliancy and durability.

DESIGNING THE KONA RIDE

It’s imperative that key elements of the Kona Ride come to life in our carbon bikes. Like with all of our designs, it is efficiency, agility, comfort, and overall strength that are key considerations. We work to leverage all the inherent properties of the material, which are markedly different than steel or aluminum. For our designers it’s crucial that our carbon bikes still feel, ride and last like a Kona.

SMART FABRICATION

THE WEAVE: Kona Carbon bikes use TORAY fibers, the most technologically advanced in the industry. Toray is the same weave used in Formula 1 cars. Our entire structure is built with unidirectional prepreg carbon fiber underneath a UD frame finish. The result is frames with industry-leading weight, stiffness and durability.

THE FRAME: Kona Carbon frames are built with a monocoque main triangle that allows continuous fibers at tube junctures, resulting in a stronger, lighter overall structure. Our production process also eliminates as much bonded-in aluminum inserts as possible. Kona Carbon frames are only molded with internal air bags, which are removed after the molding process.

TORTUROUS TESTING

During the prototyping process, our frames are tested on veritable bike torture machines that push our designs through tens of thousands of test hours. What we learn from this directly translates into making stronger frames, while eliminating unnecessary material. Kona Team athletes are next on the beat down list, but even after they’ve had a rigorous go, our product team steps on to abuse the same prototypes, day-in and day-out, usually through a cold and wet Washington winter.

INTERNAL HEADSET

The major benefit of an internal headset, whereby the bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable, is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.

TAPERED HEADTUBE

Aside from improving the aesthetic, due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself, thanks to more weld contact area. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself, eliminates brake shudder, all while providing positive steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.

TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS

An increasing amount of 2015 Kona models feature the benefits of tubeless compatible rims. Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, better tire grip on the trail, lower rolling resistance and weight savings over traditional tube + tire systems. For 2015, you’ll find tubeless compatible rims on most of our XC Race Light and Enduro bikes, as well as throughout our Cyclocross and Road platforms.

12X142 REAR AXLES

The XC/Trail/Enduro 12x142mm and the DH 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142mm/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The take-away? 12x142 and 12x157 standards make a bike that rides better and is easier to work on.

BEAMER INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION

Designed to be off-the-top progressive, helping the bike to stay higher in the travel and recover from hits more quickly, and imbued with what our product managers like to call “pure shock movement,” whereby the shock is protected from side load, Beamer is featured on our super-playful Carbon Operator platform, and the fast but fun MTB Race Light Hei Hei dual-suspension bikes.

DROPPER POST COMPATIBLE

Dropper posts are a key element in riding technical singletrack. No surprise then, for 2015 we’ve spec’d dropper posts on numerous models throughout our Enduro and MTB Trail platforms, featuring the lightweight and proven seat posts from Kind Shock. New for 2015, you’ll find internal and external routing for dropper posts throughout our Race Light XC mountain bikes.

GEOMETRY

mm   |   inches   |   sizing chart
  Size 15.5 17 18 19 21
1 Reach 411 433 444 455 478
2 Stack 587 596 601 605 615
3 HT Angle 69.8 69.8 69.8 69.8 69.8
4 HT Length 105 115 120 125 135
5 ST Angle 74.6 74.6 74.6 74.6 74.6
6 ST Length 394 432 457 483 533
7 CS Length 444 444 444 444 444
8 BB Drop 26 26 26 26 26
9 Wheelbase 1110 1119 1148 1160 1187
10 Front Center 667 692 705 717 744
11 Fork Length 506 506 506 506 506
12 Fork Offset 46 46 46 46 46
13 TT Length 572 597 610 622 648
14 Standover 730 730 750 771 805
  Size 15.5 17 18 19 21
1 Reach 16.2 17 17.5 17.9 18.8
2 Stack 23.1 23.5 23.7 23.8 24.2
3 HT Angle 69.8 69.8 69.8 69.8 69.8
4 HT Length 4.1 4.5 4.7 4.9 5.3
5 ST Angle 74.6 74.6 74.6 74.6 74.6
6 ST Length 15.5 17 18 19 21
7 CS Length 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
8 BB Drop 1 1 1 1 1
9 Wheelbase 43.7 44.1 45.2 45.7 46.7
10 Front Center 26.3 27.2 27.8 28.2 29.3
11 Fork Length 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.9
12 Fork Offset 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
13 TT Length 22.5 23.5 24 24.5 25.5
14 Standover 28.7 28.7 29.5 30.4 31.7

ROAD/CX/ASPHALT

Height/Inches Height/Metric Inseam/Inches Inseam/Metric Road CX Asphalt
4'10" - 5'1" 147 - 155 cm 25" - 27" 64 - 69 cm   47 cm 46 cm
5'0" - 5'3" 152 - 160 cm 26" - 28" 66 - 71 cm 49 cm 47/49 cm 46/49 cm
5'2" - 5'7" 157 - 170 cm 27" - 29" 69 - 74 cm 49/52/53 cm 49/53 cm 49/53 cm
5'6" - 5'11" 168 - 180 cm 29" - 31" 74 - 79 cm 53/54/56 cm 53/56 cm 53/56 cm
5'10" - 6'3" 178 - 190 cm 31" - 33" 79 - 84 cm 56/58/59 cm 56/59 cm 56/59 cm
6'2" - 6'5" 188 - 196 cm 33" - 36" 84 - 91 cm 61 cm 61/63cm 61 cm

MTB/ALL MOUNTAIN/GRAVITY

Height/Inches Height/Metric Inseam/Inches Inseam/Metric MTB XC All Mountain/Enduro Gravity
4'10" - 5'1" 147 - 155 cm 24" - 27" 61 - 69 cm 13/15 Small Small
5'0" - 5'3" 152 - 160 cm 26" - 29" 66 - 74 cm 13/15/16 Small Small
5'2" - 5'7" 157 - 170 cm 27" - 30" 69 - 76 cm 13/15/16/17 Small/Medium Small/Medium
5'6" - 5'10" 168 - 178 cm 29" - 31" 74 - 79 cm 15/16/17/18 Small/Medium Small/Medium
5'9" - 6'0" 175 - 183 cm 30" - 33" 76 - 84 cm 17/18/19 Medium/Large Medium/Large
5'11" - 6'2" 180 - 188 cm 32" - 35" 81 - 89 cm 18/19/20/21 Large/XL Medium/Large
6'1" - 6'5" 185 - 196 cm 33" - 36" 84 - 91 cm 19/20/21/22 Large/XL Large

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