Has anyone tried an '09 Kahuna 29er? It seems to be Kona's entry level hardtail 29er for next year. I had a brief (meaning around the LBS) test ride on one this past weekend. The frame (16") was to small for me but I otherwise liked it. I am looking for a 29er hardtail for +/- $1000.

The Kahuna did have a RockShox Dart 3 fork, which I am paranoid about buying based on the reviews these have gotten in the fork forums. I asked the sales guy about swaping out the fork for something better and he gave me a blank stare and mumbled something about there only being a limited number of 29er forks. I'm assuming he was a new guy at a normally reliable LBS...

Any thoughts?