Sick of your kids playing Pokemon? Sick of losing Trivial Pursuit? Well if you spend enough time on EBAY UK you may just be able to put together a full set of MBUK’s most recent Top Trumps game cards. They feature what MBUK call SuperBikes and you don’t get much more super than Steve Peat’s 1993 Titanium Kona Hei Hei, designed by Joe Murray and made from US Sandvik 3-2.5 titanium alloy tubing. By todays standards it’s still a work of art. It features one of mountain bikings earliest sloping top tubes, which Kona pioneered, citing such benefits as increased standover height, lower weight, and improved stiffness and efficiency.
“It was a stock titanium frame with a few trick bits, like the Marzocchi XC500 fork and Hope cable-pull disc brake on the front. In those days Grip Shift was pretty big and I liked it at the time” says Steve. The fork boasted a whopping 51mm (2″) of travel!
Back then, Grip Shift’s top-flight X-Ray SRT600 shifters, Shimano XTR 8-speed rear mech and a triple crankset were hard to beat. Add a Hope cable-pull disc brakes and a Bullet Bros Chain Tensioner (a simple aftermarket add-on that mimics what clutch0equipped mechs do now), and you can see why Peaty kept such a special bike.
Click the image below for a full a photo-set of one immaculate 1993 Ti Hei Hei from RetroBike.com complete with our own 150mm Ti Velocity stem!