Kona releases new 27.5 Operator DH bike

Own the same bike used by Connor Fearon and Graham Agassiz

27.5 DH News
The Operator Supreme is essentially the same build used by Kona’s top-tier riders.

The Kona Operator Supreme is essentially the same build used by the bike maker’s top-tier sponsored riders.

Connor Fearon and Graham Agassiz are at the top of their respective disciplines but have very different needs. One is a World Cup downhill racer who requires stability, while the other is a freerider who needs playfulness.

These two concepts might seem to run counter to each other, but as you can see in the edit above, the Kona Operator is designed to keep both riders happy.

To operate at both ends of this intended use spectrum, this bike’s suspension platform has been updated with a more progressive leverage curve for better bottom out resistance. Bearings are now found in all the suspension pivots and the upper shock mount, which helps to reduce static friction. The other major change involves raising the main pivot for better pedaling characteristics.

The new 27.5 Operator has 423mm chainstays. That’s only 3mm longer than the previous 26” model.

The new 27.5 Operator has 423mm chainstays, which is only 3mm longer than the outgoing 26” model.

What about the geometry? Well, the original model was already on the forefront of the long and slack trend, so Kona didn’t need to do much to modernize this platform. They did, however, lengthen the front center and slacken the headtube angle, but the basic concept remained the same. For example, the chainstays only grew by 3mm, which was largely due to the increase in wheel size.

Connor claims the new Operator rides similarly to the former 26” model, but the new improvements make it even more capable.

Fearon claims the new Operator rides similarly to the old 26” model, but the new improvements make it even more capable.

Fearon has been racing prototypes for the past year and claims the new bike handles similar to the 26” Operator, but is more capable on steeper and gnarlier tracks.

Connor is a force on the World Cup DH scene, while Aggy has made a name for himself at events like Rampage.

Fearon is a force on the World Cup DH scene, while Aggy has made a name for himself at events such as Red Bull Rampage.

For 2017, the Operator will be available in three trim kits. At the entry level is the Operator, followed by the Operator DL, and the Operator Supreme. The Supreme level kit is essentially a replica of the bike raced by Fearon on the World Cup circuit.

For more info, visit www.konaworld.com.

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