No idea Steve
back in the day my buddy had a blue splatter fire Mountain and I really did not like the way it rode or looked.
Ever since then I have struggled to like them. When I ride one, it reminds me of the old fire mountain. I don't really like the look much either. Don't know why, it just doesn't float my boat.
Also not keen on the 'its just an old bike, but its a Kona so it must be good' type approach. Maybe I am a bit OTT, but I look at the modern sus and hardtails, and don't like the decals and design. At leat the old ones had a good paint job
Now they look like a bad cartoon sticker.
hey ho, sure they are great with so many around and the following they have, but I really can't like them.
Maybe an extended ride on a hei hei may convince me otherwise, haven't ridden a Kona for a long time, so not really fair.