Thanks guys. Yeah, I agree with you xced, the brake hoses need to lose a few inches.
The only mountain bikes I've ever owned have been Kona's because I've always loved the geometry:
Early 90's 19" Explosif, bright lime green. -- SOLD
I'm about 5'7.6" w/ a ~31" inseam and realized that 19" was a little big. A nice Hot came along so I upgraded..
Early/Mid 90's 17" Hot (Tom Teesdale made w/ the ribbed down tube), pale lemon/Ferrari yellow. -- SOLD
Always wanted a Ti bike so I ordered a King Kahuna, thought 17" was smallish so I went with an 18" frame.
96 18" King Kahuna with the 6-4 rear triangle; I remember the sales pitch went something like this:
"Dude, the tubing is the exact same stuff they're using to build the Apache Attack Helicopter." -- SOLD
After riding the 6-4 KK for several months I realized that 17" would have been a better choice after-all. So, I ordered a 17" KK.
98 17" King Kahuna pictured in this thread. Based on the serial number I'd have to say it was the first 17" KK frame built in 1998.
I couldn't afford a complete KK so I always went with just the frame and built it up from there. I rode these bikes everywhere; paved trails, dirt trails, in the mountains, to school, to work, 365 days a year (studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta's work great on polished/rutted ice
); my favorite has always been fast, gnarly, roller-coaster like tight single track...
Just picked up a 16" Fire Mountain for my kid....I also just sealed a deal/bargain on a nice little gem; I'll post some pics when I have more time..