By far, the hole shot is a better ride then the Kona. Van Dessel does have it figured out and buying the Gin & Trombones is merely a waste of money. Been down the Kona process before. Money can always be an issue, but style and quality should not be sacrificed.
I have 2 race ready Hole Shot rides for the team out of Red Rocks Velo in Morrison, Colorado. The bike rides wonderful and is predictable. My only drawback is the sloping top tube, which can impede carrying during dismounts. This is merely a preference and sizing options. However, I did not have any elbow clearence issue during the 2007 cross season of 25+ races.
The ride in dry, mud, or Nationals ice/snow epic conditions was spot on.