I've got a 07 kona Cowan, it's a beaut!!!
1x9, marzochi dj 2's, seat goes almost high enough to ride properly, certainly could with a 400mm seat post but low enough to not get caught up when jumping (I'm 5'8"). Paragon dropouts. Extras are now 2.5 & 2.35 maxxis high rollers, 9 & 8" discs, sintered pads, 23-12 cassette, 105 mech, slx crank and profile racing pedals.
It's a beat for anything hardcore, selling my free ride bike as I just use this or my mtb!