Thanks for the complement Orangeretro, loving my purple bike
Mind you, your first love is always the sweetest and the clockwork is the perfect fusion of form and function (IMHO), so will always be my fav. no danger.
However I can now understand why there are so many kona devotee's on here, nice bikes to ride on the trails.
They're both great, but IMPO as rigid bikes go, my 95 C16R is (even) more fun than my 97 Lava Dome. And the frame is half a pound lighter.
But the superb F7 fork is so short that swopping to suspension ruins the handling for many people. So overall I think the Konas are better as suspension bikes, especially the high-end ones, mainly because Orange dropped the Prestige before they got round to sorting their geometry for suspension.