DH bikes are a considerable financial investment, as well as it behaves to know that if you accidentally backed over it with the truck that you could really do more damage to the truck.
Kona will certainly provide two specifications for the brand-new Operator. The one visualized below, the Supreme Driver consists of a complete Shimano Saint team, Fox 40 Air fork and also DHX RC4 shock, Hope hubs and Mavic 729 rims, as well as opts for under $7,000. While that's not economical, compare that to the Specialized S-Works Demonstration 8 at $10,000. The other Driver, with the exact same specific structure, will be available in under $4,100 with Shimano Zee cranks, Sram Code brakes, and also Rock Shox suspension. We can't wait to throw our leg over one.
The carbon Driver has inner cord directing. I can already see the hate comments piling up, however let me explain. Fishing wires with frames sucks, which is why Kona glued in carbon overview tubes for the back derailleur and brake. Many thanks individuals. If you would certainly favor to run your cords on the outside, you could do that as well. Every detail was considered. Check just how the shift wire experiences the ISCG tab, keeping the derailleur housing away from the drivetrain. That apparently was extremely hard to persuade the factory to do.
Suspension setup was very easy and also damping control was basic yet reliable, with a wide variety of adjustability, from pogo-stick quickly to molasses slow-moving. Improvements? A lot more effective brakes would have been nice. The Elixir Fives are powerful for path brakes, but not adequate for downhill rigs.
I'm a big fan of just how this bike's suspension really feels. It seems like a number of various bikes all covered into one. If you wish to hammer harsh paths then the suspension consumes the blows and pushes the bike much faster and quicker via the gnar. Then if you intend to pump as well as play, the bike has the ability to sit up, squash and jump. These two different characteristics actually evokes the Wickedness Revolt, a brawler that preferred to dance.
The Bettor has two bottom brace height options changed by the reduced shock bolt. The lower hole gives a 0 millimeter base bracket decrease, while the upper hole gives a +10 millimeter bottom bracket decrease.