OPERATOR
Our goal with the new Kona Carbon DH Operator was to create an affordable, race-ready, modern downhill bike, and that meant using a unidirectional monocoque front triangle frame that represents the cutting edge of carbon bike manufacturing. To weather the brunt of crash and shuttle damage, the rear triangle features 6061 stays, hollow aluminum rockers with a carbon bridge, resulting in a rear triangle that’s three times stiffer than our previous Operator. We also changed the kinematics of the Operator’s Beamer Independent Suspension, making it more progressive off the top, helping the bike to stay up higher in the travel and recover from hits more quickly. With awesome spec, this is one of the best bang-for-the-buck downhill bikes on the market.
Frame Material Kona DH Carbon w/6061 Aluminum Stays 200mm Travel
Sizes S, M, L
Rear Shock RockShox Kage RC
Fork RockShox Boxxer RC 200mm 20mm DO
Crankarms Shimano Zee
Chainrings 36t
B/B Shimano Press Fit 104.5mm
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Chain KMC X10
Freewheel SRAM PG1050 11-28t 10 spd
Chainguide The Hive SRS+
F/D n/a
R/D SRAM X9 Type 2
Shifters SRAM X7 (rh only)
Brake Calipers Avid Code R
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2CS 200mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid G2CS 180mm
Brake Levers Avid Code R
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5B ZS No.57B-1
Handlebar Kona DH
Stem Kona Jerk
Seatpost Kona DH
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona S-LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Sport SE
Front Hub Formula 20mm
Rear Hub Formula 157x12mm
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 14g
Rims Sun MTX33 Sleeved
Front Tire Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4"
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4"
Paint Color Matt UD Carbon & Fluoro Green w/Matt Black Stays
Extras n/a
sizing chart mm   |   inches
  Size S M L
1 Reach 389 422 451
2 Stack 581 590 608
3 HT Angle 64 64 64
4 HT Length 100 110 130
5 ST Angle 76 76 75
6 ST Length 417 417 417
7 CS Length 420 420 420
8 BB Drop -3.5 -3.5 -3.5
9 Wheelbase 1141 1178 1216
10 Front Center 721 758 796
11 Fork Length 568 568 568
12 Fork Offset 42 42 42
13 TT Length 535 573 612
14 Standover 725 725 725
  Size S M L
1 Reach 15.31 16.61 17.76
2 Stack 22.87 23.23 23.94
3 HT Angle 64 64 64
4 HT Length 3.94 4.33 5.12
5 ST Angle 76 76 75
6 ST Length 16.42 16.42 16.42
7 CS Length 16.54 16.54 16.54
8 BB Drop -0.14 -0.14 -0.14
9 Wheelbase 44.92 46.38 47.87
10 Front Center 28.39 29.84 31.34
11 Fork Length 22.36 22.36 22.36
12 Fork Offset 1.65 1.65 1.65
13 TT Length 21.06 22.56 24.09
14 Standover 28.54 28.54 28.54

KONA CARBON

To create our growing fleet of Kona Carbon bikes, Kona has partnered with some of the most reputable carbon manufacturers in the world. Our design team works intimately with our production facilities to ensure the desired ride characteristics, durability demands and weight stipulations are met to the highest standards possible. Kona Carbon Race bikes are feather-light, super-fast and very durable.

STEP 1: APPLICATION
At Kona, we are very selective when choosing carbon fiber for a given application. Every bike requires a different balance of weight, strength, frame damping, stiffness, compliancy and durability. With over 25 years experience making bikes for every known cycling discipline, the first step in the design phase is ensuring how carbon fiber can be optimized for its intended use.

STEP 2: DESIGNING AND ENGINEERING THE KONA RIDE
For the Kona Product Development Team, it’s imperative that key elements of the Kona Ride come to life in our carbon bikes. Like with all of our bikes, efficiency, agility, comfort, and overall strength are key considerations when we begin to work a carbon frame design. We work to leverage all the inherent properties of the material, which are markedly different than steel or aluminum, and it’s crucial that it still feels, rides and lasts like a Kona.

STEP 3: MATERIALS & FABRICATION
THE WEAVE: Kona Carbon bikes use TORAY fibers, what we have determined to be the most technologically advanced in the industry; this is the same carbon weave used throughout most Formula 1 racing cars. Our entire structure is always built with unidirectional prepreg carbon fiber underneath a UD frame finish. The result? Frames with industry-leading weight, stiffness and durability.

THE FRAME: Kona Carbon frames are built with a monocoque main triangle that allows continuous fibers at the tube junctures, resulting in a stronger and lighter overall structure. Our production process also eliminates as much bonded-in aluminum inserts as possible. When we do put alloy into the frame, we take very specific steps on their surface treatment and have special jigs for each step to ensure proper alignment. Kona Carbon frames are only molded with internal air bags, which are removed after the molding process. This means our carbon frames are made from only the best ingredients: carbon fiber and epoxy.

STEP 4: TESTING
During the prototyping process, our frames are tested for weeks at a time on veritable bike torture machines that push our designs through tens of thousands of cycles. What we learn from this directly translates into making strong frames, while eliminating unnecessary material. Kona Team athletes—experts when it comes to pushing the limits of our bicycles in real-world scenarios—are the next in line when it comes to testing our prototype Kona Carbon Race bikes. Even after the rigors of factory test rigs and pro-rider testing, our product team continues to abuse the same prototypes day-in and day-out to ensure we are building the best Kona Carbon Race frames we possibly can.

INTERNAL HEADSET

By having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called “zero stack”), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.

TAPERED HEADTUBE

Aside from improving the aesthetic, due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.

12x142 / 12x157 REAR AXLES

The XC/Trail/Enduro 12x142mm and the DH 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142mm/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The take-away? 12x142 and 12x157 standards make a bike that rides better and is easier to work on.

BEAMER INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION

The evolution of Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage, we’ve completely redrawn the suspension kinematics of the configuration, making it more progressive off the top, helping the bike to stay higher in the travel and recover from hits more quickly. Featured on our new Carbon Operator platform, the Park Operator, Entourage and Race Light Hei Hei dual-suspension bikes, Beamer Independent Suspension takes the pure shock movement, tune-ability and performance durability of Kona Independent Suspension and breathes new life into select mountain bikes with a distinctly more modern ride feel.

GRAVITY
SUPREME OPERATOR
SUPREME OPERATOR
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FEATURES:

  • Hope Pro 2 hubs laced to Mavic 729 rims with black Sandvik stainless 14g spokes, aka “Dream Wheels”
  • Kona Carbon DH frame with 200mm travel, 6061 stays, Carbon Bridged Rocker and 12x157 rear axle with These Dropouts are Hollow® technology
  • Shimano Saint drivetrain, pedals and brakes with 203mm/180mm rotors
  • Fox Float 40 200mm travel fork and Fox DHX RC4 shock
  • RaceFace cockpit
SUPREME OPERATOR
PARK OPERATOR
PARK OPERATOR
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FEATURES:

  • Beefed up Kona DH 7005 Aluminum frame with 200mm travel
  • RockShox Domain Dual Crown 200mm travel fork
  • Avid Code R brakes with 200mm/180mm rotors
  • Burly Sun MTX 33 sleeved rims
  • Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4" tires
PARK OPERATOR
ENTOURAGE
ENTOURAGE
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FEATURES:

  • Kona DH 7005 Aluminum 170mm travel frame with 12x150 dropouts
  • RockShox Domain R CL 170mm travel fork with 20mm dropouts
  • Avid Code R brakes with 200mm/180mm rotors
  • Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4" tires
  • Graham Agassiz’s bike of choice
ENTOURAGE
DOWNSIDE
DOWNSIDE
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FEATURES:

  • Kona Cromoly Butted jump frame with Spanish BB
  • Taperlock dropouts for wheels that won’t move after hard landings
  • Available in regular and long sizes
  • Raw steel with matt blue tint
DOWNSIDE
SEE ALSO
GRAVITY
SUPREME OPERATOR
SUPREME OPERATOR
VIEW DETAILS

FEATURES:

  • Hope Pro 2 hubs laced to Mavic 729 rims with black Sandvik stainless 14g spokes, aka “Dream Wheels”
  • Kona Carbon DH frame with 200mm travel, 6061 stays, Carbon Bridged Rocker and 12x157 rear axle with These Dropouts are Hollow® technology
  • Shimano Saint drivetrain, pedals and brakes with 203mm/180mm rotors
  • Fox Float 40 200mm travel fork and Fox DHX RC4 shock
  • RaceFace cockpit
SUPREME OPERATOR
PARK OPERATOR
PARK OPERATOR
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FEATURES:

  • Beefed up Kona DH 7005 Aluminum frame with 200mm travel
  • RockShox Domain Dual Crown 200mm travel fork
  • Avid Code R brakes with 200mm/180mm rotors
  • Burly Sun MTX 33 sleeved rims
  • Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4" tires
PARK OPERATOR
ENTOURAGE
ENTOURAGE
VIEW DETAILS

FEATURES:

  • Kona DH 7005 Aluminum 170mm travel frame with 12x150 dropouts
  • RockShox Domain R CL 170mm travel fork with 20mm dropouts
  • Avid Code R brakes with 200mm/180mm rotors
  • Maxxis High Roller II DH 26x2.4" tires
  • Graham Agassiz’s bike of choice
ENTOURAGE
DOWNSIDE
DOWNSIDE
VIEW DETAILS

FEATURES:

  • Kona Cromoly Butted jump frame with Spanish BB
  • Taperlock dropouts for wheels that won’t move after hard landings
  • Available in regular and long sizes
  • Raw steel with matt blue tint
DOWNSIDE

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