After looking into Kona bikes, i realized, damn..why havent i seem them before. Looking at the 2004 line, i realized, damn...for the price of a HT Specialzed (around 1000), i could get a damn better equipped kona.
The 2004 looks fantastic and the parts seem really good. What do you all think of Kona as a brand and these models. They seem really good for XC use but they seem a bit on the heavy side.