The Good: - Price.
- Ride handling.
- Low stand over height.
- Factory down tube protector.
- Internal cable routing and external cable routing options.
- Integrated fork bumpers.
The Bad: - Could do with a stock DM stem.
The frame is amazing. Coming from an 'All Mountain' bike (2010 Giant Reign X1) the Operator was my first DH bike. Obviously the way it handles DH trails is better, so much better. In terms of geometry and the feel of the ride, I can't fault the bike. The way it rides is great; sticks into corners, jumps really well, the feel of the walking beam, four-bar system is solid, and it pedals good for a big bike.
If I were a more experienced rider (and more familiar with suspension setup), I would have gone for a more adjustable fork and rear shock. However, for the price of the bike, the components are pretty much spot on. For what you pay vs what you get, it's great value for money. The only thing I've changed from stock is the stem, to a Race Face Atlas DM stem.
Overall the design is really well thought out; I know I've already mentioned it, but the the down tube protector, cable routing options, and fork bumpers are just really nice touches. Couldn't be happier with the 2014 Kona Operator. Let's see how it holds up!