I Dig Hardtail
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Calgary, Canada
Bikes: 2006 Kona Kula deluxe
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I ride a Kula deluxe and have a few impressions after riding it daily for the last couple of months.
This bike is devastatingly fast - it's very lightweight and the frame is balanced perfectly. Lift it up with two fingers and it wont dip in either direction. Everyone who has ever taken my kula for a ride has commented on it's ridiculously light and responsive feel.
Because of all that, it feels most comfortable on curvy dirt paths, roads, pavement, roads etc. The fork is definitely enough to take some large dips or smallish drops, but the bike remains very stiff and ridgid. You'll learn quickly that the kula deluxe was made for speed and not for cliffs. But you could probably do some small cliffs.
If you are using the bike for any kind of commute and/or xc and like going really fast, it's a great choice. Sexy paintjob, too.