I've been kicking around the idea of buying a new Kona Smoke 2-9 for commuting. It appears to have great bang-for-the-buck considering its steel frame, included fenders, and 700x47 tires.
I've searched the threads and this bike gets recommended by SO many people - but I haven't found more than one person (he's in the Clydesdale category) that actually owns one.
Any commuters here doing the job with this bike? How do you like it? Are you dealing with hills much?