I've been out of mtn biking for about two decade. My last bike was a Kona LavaDome that I tweaked a bit. In my visits to the local EMS, my eye caught the Kona Kahuna 29er. That bike drilled itself into my head.
I'd started riding again for health, but found my old ride uncomfortable. The setup made me feel I was on a road bike. Overall I was disheartened. I kept going back to EMS waiting for their big sales, and eventually I got it for 25% off. My test ride was an eye-opener. It really made me see what had been transpiring while I slept like Rip Van Winkle for 20+ odd years!
My addiction to tinkering took over within days of getting the bike.... First thing to go was the shock - replaced that with a Manitou Tower Pro. Then the brakes were upgraded (needlessly perhaps) to Avid 7s.
Test riding it, I found I missed the grip shift setup I had on the old Kona. Just did not like trigger shifters.... Add a set of SRAM XO grip shifters. While I was at it, I got my cheeks measured for a new saddle, since the stock thrilled me not, and odered up a right-sized WTB Pure V SLT.
And I am not quite finished. I odered a x-firm spring kit, as at 200+ the firm in the Tower won't do, and a new set of wheels will actually be the one upgrade along with the shock, that will make a true difference. I think the wheels wil have to wait till tax return time!
I am fastidiously avoiding looking at receipts....
Ultimately, I am really pleased with the Kahuna. Though I could have just bought the 2G model and saved myself some time.... But where's the fun with that!
Looking forward to warm weather!
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