Kona will certainly offer two specifications for the brand-new Operator. The one pictured right here, the Supreme Driver includes a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork as well as DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs as well as Mavic 729 rims, and goes with under $7,000. While that's not economical, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Demo 8 at $10,000. The various other Operator, with the very same precise framework, will certainly come in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, as well as Rock Shox suspension. We cannot wait to toss our leg over one.
The majority of our testers were stunned at the trip high quality of the Condition II and also immediately really felt comfy on it. At 38.5 pounds, it's definitely not the lightest of the number, however that didn't keep it from feeling really lively and also lively. The cabin felt spot-on and also the bike's instinctive geometry provides it a steady, yet manoeuvrable feel.
The majority of the tubes on the brand-new Driver are round, with the exception of the seat tube. Kona shaped the seat tube to work as a mud guard for the shock, allowing it to stay secured sufficient to be positioned upside down. Mud shedding was a huge consider the industrial style of the bike. Notice the data sheet on the structure outlining whatever from chainstay size to headset kind.
Our testers liked the bike's adjustability and also the linkage's all-bump level of sensitivity. Several of our testers really felt that it was just as soon as you got up to speed on 'big-boy' terrain that you could completely recognize the Scott Gambler's real character, yet I located it to be an exceptionally playful and enjoyable bike long before you reached higher speeds. Its stamina, rigidity as well as personality would certainly make it as a lot a park bike as a racing beast.
We stated throughout our Holy bible of Bike Tests that, 'The Gambler is slack. As well slack, perhaps, for some riders. When you are discussing the ability to readjust the HA from 63 to 62 levels, you know you remain in Slackland.'
Add the X. 9 drivetrain, lightweight RockShox Boxxer R2C2 fork, new Avid Potion 7 Route brakes, Mavic Ex Lover 325 rims with DT Swiss 350 centers as well as you've got a quite pleasant plan for $5,800. The Wilson is also available in the state-of-the-art SL for $7,500 and also the aluminum-frame XP for $3,700, or in three frame-only alternatives.