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Old 05-26-2019, 03:52 PM
mhespenheide mhespenheide is offline
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Kona Hei Hei monster cross

1993 or 1994 Kona Ti Hei Hei frame.

Bought second-hand in '96 or '97; I only rode it a handful of times. Every time I get back into mountain biking, I crash and injure myself... So it's been a garage queen / wall hanger for most of its life.

Inspired by Angry's thread on drop bar mountain bikes and MrDangerPants's bikes, I've long toyed with the idea that I should convert either this or an old Ritchey to drop bars. Then, a couple weeks ago, I found an old Kona P2 fork at our local bike co-op and that was enough to push me into action. It'll be 2x11 with 5800 shifters and an R8000 RD and cassette, Paul mini-moto brakes. White Industries 30-42 crank, although I'll look to switch to a 44 tooth big ring. Salsa cowchipper handlebars.

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Old 05-26-2019, 09:15 PM
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Perfect! You will love it. I was just on my Litespeed today. Will that fork fit a disc brake caliper? If so, you could run a mullet. I had a disc fitting welded to my Litespeed about ten years ago. Today it's 2x11 hydro, also using the R8000 RD, with a Wolftooth Roadlink DM so I can run a 11-40 cassette. 42-28 up front.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:53 PM
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1993 or 1994 Kona Ti Hei Hei frame.



Bought second-hand in '96 or '97; I only rode it a handful of times. Every time I get back into mountain biking, I crash and injure myself... So it's been a garage queen / wall hanger for most of its life.



Inspired by Angry's thread on drop bar mountain bikes and MrDangerPants's bikes, I've long toyed with the idea that I should convert either this or an old Ritchey to drop bars. Then, a couple weeks ago, I found an old Kona P2 fork at our local bike co-op and that was enough to push me into action. It'll be 2x11 with 5800 shifters and an R8000 RD and cassette, Paul mini-moto brakes. White Industries 30-42 crank, although I'll look to switch to a 44 tooth big ring. Salsa cowchipper handlebars.



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Sweet! Growing up mountain biking in the pnw, that bike, and a Kona Hot were my two big lusts in jr high..

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Old 05-26-2019, 11:11 PM
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Perfect! You will love it. I was just on my Litespeed today. Will that fork fit a disc brake caliper? If so, you could run a mullet. I had a disc fitting welded to my Litespeed about ten years ago. Today it's 2x11 hydro, also using the R8000 RD, with a Wolftooth Roadlink DM so I can run a 11-40 cassette. 42-28 up front.
That fork is a Manitou "Minute", and it's coming off in favor of a rigid Kona P2. I'll be running Paul mini-motos front and rear, because [1] I'm a luddite and [2] I live in a place without much rain.
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:24 PM
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Can’t wait for built up pics! I love Hei Hei
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:52 PM
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Kona Hei Hei

This is my dream bike from back in the day! Looking forward to seeing other pics once it is up and running.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:11 PM
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Barry Wicks made a Hei Hei Monstercross, too

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Old 06-13-2019, 03:28 PM
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This is my dream bike from back in the day! Looking forward to seeing other pics once it is up and running.
Sadly, it's stalled for the moment because the P2 fork that I had picked up inexpensively from out local co-op was actually 700c rather than 26". I hadn't even checked that -- I didn't know that 700c was ever an option for the P2. So now I'm looking around at rim-brake 26" 1.125" fork options.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:20 AM
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I have seen them in eBay UK, or check the Retrobike forum. Not uncommon. Just check the steerer tube length. Looking forward to the final build!
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:41 PM
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Sadly, it's stalled for the moment because the P2 fork that I had picked up inexpensively from out local co-op was actually 700c rather than 26". I hadn't even checked that -- I didn't know that 700c was ever an option for the P2. So now I'm looking around at rim-brake 26" 1.125" fork options.
I'll keep an eye out in the co-ops here - but I haven't been frequenting them much lately..

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Old 09-08-2019, 06:49 PM
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I'll keep an eye out in the co-ops here - but I haven't been frequenting them much lately..

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I'll take one too if you find a stash. Pretty much need an uncut steerer.
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