Just found this thread again..
Jez, wasn't meant to be arsey!!
You will know when I am
Tis odd. From the first moment I rode a Kona - a pink/purple splatter Explosif with Suntour, and several other Fire mountains/Lava domes etc, as soon as I got on them, they just felt wrong. Its not like I am odd shaped, every bike I get fits fine.
Never ridden a Hot or Ti Kona, so no basis for not liking them, they just do not 'do it' for me.
To me an old Merlin is a classic work of art. Sadly, a Kona, not. Could be I used to aspire to Merlins. Who knows?
Agree about the frame material, from a ride view, the Fat Buck is prolly as tasty as the tinbred. High steel / cheap ti? Used to really want ti until I had one. Really want a nice steely again now. IF mmmmmm
The 'aspire to' factor I think plays a massive part. Lots of people owned Konas and liked them, so aspire to ti Kona. Hence, higher percentage of old boys with toys want them now, up goes price...
This could all change though if Jez lends me his Kona for a ride..