I have an '05 ranier and I love it. Not too crazy about the looks of new model though.
I'm guessing agressive xc/am type riding? I'm 6'3 ~ 210 and my bike hasn't complained yet.
The hayes sole's are bottom of the barrel hydros (on the kona), the bb5's on the giant are better quality mechs. But the sole's work fine for me, not great, but good. When they break though i'll be getting avid bb7 mech's. Same with the fork, I have the exr that's on the giant, good entry level, don't know about the Dirt Jam Comp on the kona though. I'm riding it (EXR) till it breaks then upgrading.
The Hoss is a nice bike, but looks a little pricey for what you get. Some people on this board really love specialized, so you might want to check out their offering as well (forget the model though, someone will suggest it though).
Have you ridden them? I found that testing out all my options helped me make my decision.
*edit, here's the hardrock pro disc ~$710
I like sram components myself, this bike has x-7 der and bb5 disc
or a rockhopper comp disc for $880
Last edited by PCS2; 03-30-06 at 12:42 PM.