The 27.5 Operator sees a number of changes which continue the evolution of our long travel platform. To retain the snappy and lively feel we’ve put a 423mm chainstay on all sizes, increased the reach across the board, and combined this with a 63º head angle. The Beamer suspension design has been updated with a more progressive leverage curve for increased bottom out resistance and a raised main pivot for improved pedaling performance. With bearings in all suspension pivots, and now in the upper shock mount as well, the new Operator will continue the legacy of Kona’s legendary durability.
Two years in a row we’ve had Aggy and Connor join us at Retallack Lodge for test sessions on the 27.5 Kona Operator. For these two, whose schedules rarely coincide, coming together at Retallack is a bit of a celebration. Aggy’s spent a lot of time riding and building in Retallack’s high mountain terrain and Connor has fallen in love with the place. While they may both compete at the top level in their respective disciplines, the pure joy of ripping amazing trails on a bike you love is undeniable.
In just eight short years, Kona Gravity rider Tegan Molloy has grown from a 12-year-old hitting small club downhill races in her hometown of Jindabyne, New South Wales, Austraila, to one of the fastest women in the sport, attacking some of the steepest, technical and most rugged downhill tracks on the planet. After being first exposed to the sport of DH while spending time with her father at Thredbo, the alpine resort where he works, she quickly climbed the Aussie ranks, attending her first World Champs for Australia in 2013. In 2014, wearing green and gold, she earned Junior Women's rainbow stripes in Hafjell, Norway on what is now her favourite World Cup track.
Join us as we get to know the 20-year-old Tegan a little bit better in this insightful and inspirational video.