Muppet on a Kona.
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ich bin ein Londoner
Bikes: Kona Hoss
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I've got a Hoss '05.
1) Mine came with Hayes hydraulic disc brakes. I'm in the UK, though, where (once the exchange rate is taken into account), Konas are almost twice as expensive as they are in the US. I guess maybe they upspec them, over here, because of that.
2) I've not had a problem with the fork. That said, I'm not overweight, and I can see that its softness might be a problem for the 'larger' rider.
3) The rims are good. I use my Hoss to commute in London. I've hit enough kerbs (going on or off), both head on, and sideways, and the worst I've had is a few scratches. I've also been hit by cars a couple of times: the second time the front wheel took a direct hit. A few spokes needed tightening, but the rim was undamaged.
4) Find a LBS that'll take the wife in exchange for the Hoss. Problem solved.