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2014 Kona Operator Bike (discontinued)

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A solid sled

The Good:

Great frame and suspension, bike soaks up the terrain with ease.

The Bad:

No direct mount stem, would prefer Minion DHF tires and Zee brakes, USD shock annoying to adjust, wheels are super heavy.

Overall Review:

I demoed this bike, I was pretty impressed with the frame, great geometry and graphics, Kona have come a long way even in the last 2-3 years. Other components slightly less impressed, upside down shock was annoying to adjust as as I couldn't see the compression knob properly. The normal stem looked like an ugly cheap option, when there should really be a direct mount stem. I also hate the High Roller 2 tires, seem just far too heavy and squirm around too much. I can't complain about the Code brakes, they work well, but I think they could have matched the Zee cranks with Zee brakes as surely the reliability and maintenance would benefit most riders.

If it was my bike I'd run tubeless rims and tires to really get the bike to fly by getting rid of 1-2kg of unsprung weight and maybe a regular rear cassette and rear derailleur as uplift days are so rare in my local area. Loved the stability of the bike, but I'll be sticking with my 160mm travel AM bike unless I move somewhere with a chairlift or cable car!

Kona Operator 2014

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.

Overall Review:

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!


Product Kona Operator Bike
Model Year 2014
Riding Type Downhill
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L View Geometry
Size S M L
Top Tube Length 21.06 22.56 24.09
Head Tube Angle 64° 64° 64°
Head Tube Length 3.94 4.33 5.12
Seat Tube Angle 76° 76° 75°
Seat Tube Length 16.42 16.42 16.42
Bottom Bracket Height -0.14 Drop -0.14 Drop -0.14 Drop
Chainstay Length 16.42 16.42 16.42
Wheelbase 44.92 46.38 47.87
Standover 28.54 28.54 28.54
Reach 15.31 16.61 17.76
Stack 22.87 23.23 23.94
Wheel Size 26"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Carbon with 6061 Aluminum Stays
Rear Travel 200mm
Rear Shock RockShox Kage RC
Fork RockShox Boxxer RC, 20mm DO
Fork Travel 200mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5B ZS No.57B-1
Handlebar Kona DH
Stem Kona Jerk
Grips Kona S-LOG
Brakes Avid G2CS, 200mm Front, 180mm Rear
Brake Levers Avid Code R
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X7 (Right Hand Only)
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 Type 2
Chainguide The Hive SRS+
Cranks Shimano Zee
Chainrings 36 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano Press Fit 104.5mm
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Chain KMC X10
Cassette SRAM PG1050, 11-28 Tooth, 10-Speed
Rims Sun MTX33 Sleeved
Hubs Formula
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 14g
Tires Maxxis High Roller II DH 26"x2.4"
Saddle WTB Volt Sport SE
Seatpost Kona DH
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp Kona Clamp
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 157mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts
Colors Matte UD Carbon/Fluoro Green
Weight N/A
Price $3,892
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