Bootleg Canyon, Nevada: Kona dealers came to Interbike for the Dirt Demo and had an opportunity to test ride the new, 100mm travel Hei Hei 2-9 cross-country race mountain bike. It’s the same frame that Kona Factory riders Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks raced on during the 2009 US Pro XDT series. Here’s what the dealers said:
“Oh man, what did I not like? Nothing….this bike floats. Awesome ride, loved it.” Five Stars.
“I liked the handling and cornering. Great ride!” Five Stars.
“Super stiff but plush on the 29er. Efficient XC bike.” Five Stars.
“The Kenda tires held really well in this terrain. I haven’t ridden 29″
wheels much but I enjoyed them. Similar to my Kikapu but rolled smoothly
through rugged terrain.” Four Stars.
“Great ride. Loved the Shimano SLX brakes. Very sleek looking.” Five Stars.
“Bike rode great! Big wheels keep on turning.” Five Stars.
“Everything on this bike is spot on. Loved the Kona riser bar.” Five Stars.
“Did not disappoint: excellent 29er handling, solid suspension” Five Stars.
“Upright stable ride, gave me lots on confidence.” Four Stars.