I already have a Kona Blast and I really like that bike however I now work four provinces away from my home and it's back in the garage with the motorcycles & ATV... Bringing it with me during a flight back doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon (for a myriad of reasons) so I'm considering buying a second bike. I'm interested in 29ers. I test rode one when I bought my Blast but for whatever reason that specific bike just didn't fit me - I don't recall the make but it wasn't a Kona. Anyway, here's my criteria: - strong frame (I weigh ~300lbs) - doesn't have to be the latest, trickest or lightest by any means - hardtail with front suspension - ~$700-800 range - I'd like to get as much value as possible - I've looked at the Kona Mahuna...any input from someone one who owns or has ridden one would be great - I'm open to other brands - I just already have a Kona and like it - type of riding will be urban pavement, possibly some mild offroad/trail riding. I don't want another Blast, once the current work situation changes and households are consolidated I'd like something a little different. My Blast has ended up being a road bike (for me) so I'm thinking a stout 29er will be a little more suited to mild offroad/trail riding - especially once I drop some weight.