Some maintenance on the dawg has been long over due. Every factory part that came on the bike has held up great and has far exceeded my expectations. I decided with the tax return to get some new parts. I know the drivetrain was the best place to start since so many miles have gone. While I would like to upgrade many more parts I worked well with my 400$ budget. In the end the rig got SLX Crankset, new chain, shimano xt cassete, hayes ryder brakes, WTB Prowler MX tires and a cane creek S3 headset. I got out on the trail today and the drivetrain was popping and skipping but somehow by the end everything worked itself out and was pedaling like a dream. I was overall very happy with my investment and feel good about brining life back into the kona. I have been riding so much rigid it will be nice to be ready to ride something with some squish. Hopefully more upgrades to come soon.