We took what we learned from the World Championship winning Stab and the freeride revolutionary Stinky, and integrated into new design that is lighter, stiffer, more durable and easier to work on. Oh yeah, it's way sexier too. With a slacker 64-degree head tube angle, new 1.5 zero stack, tapered, internal head tube, mega-sized main pivots, and an axle that slides in from the drive side of the bike so you can adjust/tighten the main pivot, this bike is moon rock needle sweet. The all-new Operator DH features a mix of parts that gives the privateer the ability to race year-in, year-out thanks to Avid Code R brakes and a Boxxer Race fork.
i snapped this bike in half in 2 rides ... but kona warrantied me a new one and it worked great .. i dont trust kona as much though ... they have a great design but the need to make it stronger and have better protection of the down tube also better paint.... it chipped real easy
Strengths: Light , slack , good price , very stable , fast
First downhill bike so nothing to compare it to but it DEF is a great bike for its price range . This bike shines the faster you ride it , rails berms, jumps good, and just eats up all the chunky stuff . Got lots of compliments on it , and just did what it was designed to do.
Favorite Trail: Mountain Creek Bike Park - All Trails
Date Reviewed: July 1, 2012
Strengths: This bike is so light with so much travel, it sails through the air, corners like its on rails. It is just so effortless to ride all round. The rear suspension is awesome, it is so plush and handles big hits well and any small bump is just not noticeable at all.
Weaknesses: None so far
Great bike at an excellent price. It rides like a free ride bike when ever you want or if you just want to send it down the hill flat out, it holds it's ground and soaks up everything in its path. With out a problem. So confidence inspiring to ride.
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2011
Strengths: Lightness, frame design, great parts for the price.
Weaknesses: None so far.
This bike is great for the price and is truly a outstanding bike. Even the parts that come on it perform quite well.
Strengths: First of all I would like to give Kona two thumbs up for finally designing a lighter DH Sled. Light weight 37lbs. Sails in the air, corners great, and just rails DH. It's every thing the Stinky/Stab wished it could of been.
Weaknesses: Headset bolt head sticks out a 1/4", I'm scared I might stab my self with it. So I replaced it with the Azonic Headlock. The Boxxer's rebound knob fell out first ride.
What a great DH bike setup.
If your are looking to trade in your old 48lb DH Sled.
The 2011 Kona Operator DH is the best bang for the buck.
So my time has come to an end kinda quick , looks like ill be selling my DH bike for now due to a bad spill i had that left me with multiple fractures and breaks. I will be out for months for therapy and healing .
I will need money to pay for my hospital bills, ortho bills, and rehab so the bike ... Read More »
can't decide whether to get the 2011 giant glory 01 or the 2011 kona operator DH, m not into upgrading stuffs, so i like to get the fully built bikes. i now ride a 2010 kona stinky six and i m very satisfied with it. i also use it for light urban and light XC, it works great. i want to get ... Read More »
I am looking to buy my first downhill bike. I am looking at the Trek Session 8 and the Kona Operator DH. I have to stay with these two brands and models because I have a hook up at my local bike shop. I noticed that both the Session 8 and the Operator DH have the same Fork and Shock but the Operato ... Read More »