Kona Dream Builds: Kristina’s Race Ready Hei Hei CR DL

Kristina Young is the Brand Manager at All Spoked Up in Batavia, Illinois. When she’s not trying to keep their two locations fully operational, she tries to balance bikes, bills, and mom life with her husband and two kids.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I’ve ridden hardtails forever, but have always wanted a full squish. Having eyed up all the Hei Hei’s our team riders seem to enjoy racing, I decided that I’d like to join the party as well with one. I saved for a while and presented a hardly rational argument to my husband as to why I needed this bike. He humored me and was cool with it.
As if he had a say ultimately…

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

At All Spoked Up, we have great relationships with a number of companies that make amazing components and help support our shop’s junior development program ASU Devo.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I felt that it was only right to spec the build out with the choicest components they have to offer. Industry Nine’s Ultralight 235’s are crazy light for an alloy rimmed wheel and handled all the hucks and jump-lines I took at the local XC race recently. Samesies with the FOX Float 32 Factory Step Cast. 

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It was the only fork that seemed to be perfectly matched to what the frame is all about, light and shreddy. Of course, orange, cuz the bike demands attention.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

We love Race Face, and the NEXT cockpit, cranks, and chainring keep it real by being light, tough, and mean looking. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Shimano XTR shifting and XT brakes do their job flawlessly and effortlessly. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

A Selle San Marco Lady Aspide saddle,  ESI grips, and crank brothers pedals keep all the touch points comfortable and efficient. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I love this bike. It climbs like a dream, inspires the confidence to try more difficult lines, and it makes me smile. Did I mention its fast?

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

It’s all because of the donut top cap. Thinking of donuts makes me wanna go faster.