For the money, it is one of the best downhill mountain bikes on the market. Light, quick, really maneuverable and super plush, the Operator is designed specifically for those who need excellent big-travel value. Make no mistake: this is a high-performance downhill bike made to endure the rigors of heavy-duty shuttling, bike-park riding and flat-out downhill racing. It has oversized pivot axles and bearings, bomber Kona 7005 DH frame and components selected to maximize the performance equation. No surprise then, the 2012 Operator was voted to Dirt Magazine's prestigious Top 100.

"It's one of the best entry level downhill bikes we've ridden. It's simple and effective, and we love it." –Mountain Biking UK Magazine


Frame Material Kona DH 7005 Aluminum 200mm Travel
Sizes S, M, L
Rear Shock Rock Shox Kage RC
Fork Rock Shox Boxxer RC 200mm
Crankarms FSA Gap
Chainrings 36t
B/B FSA 83mm
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Chain Sram PC1051
Freewheel Sram PG1050 11-28t 10 spd
F/D E*Thirteen SS
R/D Sram X9
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 G-LOG
Saddle WTB Devo HP Comp
Front Hub Formula 20mm
Rear Hub Formula 150x12mm
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 14g
Rims Sun MTX33 Sleeved
Front Tire Maxxis High Roller 2 DH 26x2.4"
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller 2 DH 26x2.4"
Paint Color Matt Lime Green w/Black
Extras N/A
inches S 21.5 75° 64° 16.8 28.4 45.2 22.4 1.7 + 0.5 13.8 29.5 3.9 83 N/A 22.5 15.3
inches M 23 74.7° 64° 16.8 29.8 46.7 22.4 1.7 + 0.5 13.8 29.7 4.3 83 N/A 22.9 16.6
inches L 24.5 74.4° 64° 16.8 31.3 48.1 22.4 1.7 + 0.5 13.8 30 4.7 83 N/A 23.3 17.9
GEOMETRY LEGEND: FC = Front To Center BBH = Bottom Bracket Height
TTH = Top Tube Horizontal WB = Wheelbase SO = Standover
STA = Seat Tube Angle FL = Fork Length HT = Head Tube Length
HTA = Head Tube Angle OF = Fork Offset BBS = Bottom Bracket Size
RC = Chainstay Length BBD = Bottom Bracket Drop FD = Front Derailleur Clamp Size
REACH = Horizontal Distance from center of BB to the top of the headtube centerline
STACK = Vertical Distance from center of BB to the top of the headtube centerline
Note: All Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice



Kona 7005 and 6061 Aluminum alloys are used extensively throughout our fleet of mountain and asphalt bicycles. A tough, durable, affordable, light alloy, both Kona 7005 and 6061 deliver fantastic, reliable performance that lasts for thousands of rides. It is, by far, the ultimate aluminum tubing on the market today. Much of our 7005/6061 tubing is butted and/or formed, meaning the tubing's wall thickness can be increased or decreased, as well as shaped, allowing us to fine-tune a particular frame's strength and ride characteristics depending on its intended application.


For 2013, you'll find a large majority of Kona bicycles featuring zero stack and tapered headtubes. From cyclocross to cross-country, 29ers right through to longer-travel dual-suspension models, like our Entourage and Operator, a tapered headtube provides more support at the intersection of the toptube and downtube, greatly improving stability and overall performance.

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.


Since Kona first introduced the Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage platform in 1996, we've been refining and honing the most functional, durable and performance-oriented dual-suspension platform ever invented. You'll find versions of Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage on everything from the Hei Hei XC race bike, to our Supreme Operator, the Entourage, and on one of the best-performing, entry-level dual-suspension bikes ever made, the Tanuki.

FUNCTION AND DURABILITY: Anytime you have a pivot in anything, there is side-to-side movement, or tolerance. It's what allows the pivot to move freely. When you have pivots that are close together, the side-to-side movement in those pivots becomes amplified, what's called tolerance stacking. Kona's 4-Bar system keeps pivots as far away from each other as possible, minimizing the negative effects of tolerance stacking. Ultimately, it equates to a stiffer rear end, as well as a significant decrease in bearing and bushing wear.

PURE SHOCK MOVEMENT: Another benefit of our 4-Bar system is minimized side load on the rear shock. If you have proximate pivot points and/or the shock positioned so that it is exposed to lateral forces, you have side load on the shock. Side load causes resistance, which can negatively impact suspension performance.

SHOCK LONGEVITY: With our 4-Bar system, the rear shock is protected from side-to-side forces. Side load is one of the main causes of premature seal failures. As a result, we have a very low rate of shock problems, as well as an exceptionally responsive feel to the rear suspension.

INCREDIBLE TUNE-ABILITY: By using 4-Bar, our designers are able to incorporate a huge range of suspension characteristics into our dual-suspension mountain bikes. Simply by changing the shock's positioning and configuration, we're able to make either an efficient climber or a wicked descender. For example, on our XC bikes, we can take an inherently progressive air shock and make the suspension more linear, allowing the rider to benefit from all of the bike's travel. For downhill bikes, like our Operator and Entourage, an inherently linear coil shock can be set up to be more progressive for big hits. When it comes to range of application, 4-Bar is the ultimate rear-suspension platform.

PLUSH FACTOR: With pivots, bearings and the shock itself well supported and protected from linear side load, Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage system delivers that extraordinarily plush, smooth feel we all crave as mountain bikers. Whether it's taking the edge of a technical XC race course, the burl out of a backcountry all-day epic, or leveling out the brake bumps at your local bike park, Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage delivers that sweet feel. Ride in, ride out.


Kona warrants to the original owner that their new Kona bicycle frame purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. This warranty is limited to five years for carbon fiber frames.

During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona owner's manual, provided with your bicycle, for additional information