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    2014 Kona Operator Supreme Carbon Fiber Prototype

    Today we scored a chance to check out Kona’s radically new prototype carbon DH bike. The bike has been flown over from Canada for Connor Fearon to test and he’ll be racing it at this weekend’s Aussie National Champs.

    Connor and the Kona techs are being incredibly tight lipped on details about the bike, in fact we weren’t even supposed to take photos of it – oops!

    As you can see from these photos the bike is completely, 100% new from anything Kona have done before. It features a fully carbon front end, and whilst it’s rear end remains alloy it too is a complete revision from the current Kona Supreme Operator rear end. The bike has an incredibly racy line to it, coupled with seriously aggressive frame geo. Whilst we weren’t allowed to take it for a pedal around the car park, we did lift it up and we can assure you it’s really, really f*kin light!

    A few standout details that we noticed where integrated bumper stops, internal cable routing, plus external mounting options (interesting!), the front end is made from unidirectional carbon which looks utterly seamless up close. This bike is running a 64 degree headangle, 104mm wide BB and a 157mm spaced rear end. A very trick looking Rock Shox Vivid rear shock was bolted to the bike, but again, details were scarce about that too for now. Evidently this bike has a few extra little customs odds and ends coming by this weekend, so stay tuned to [R]evo for more updates.

    Right now this bike is said to be one of only 3 bikes on the planet. However, judging by the advanced stage of this ‘rideable’ prototype it would suggest that Kona may even be preparing to release the bike in their ‘14 range towards the end of this year.
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    Connor Fearon received a new prototype from Kona recently that will be turning heads this season. Kona has given this lucky lad a prototype carbon fiber Kona Operator Supreme downhill bike.

    Revolution got a first peek at the bike and we have to say it looks tidy in the pictures so far. The front triangle is carbon fiber, while the rear triangle is aluminum.

    While the rear triangle is aluminum, they were told that it has been redesigned a bit so its not an off the shelf current Kona Operator rear triangle. Currently this is 1 of 3 and we’re curious to see how this works out for young Connor Fearon as he takes on the World Cup Circuit this year. Will we see this available in 2014 to the public? We’ll have to wait and see.

    There’s a number of things to take note of on Connor’s prototype bike. The Vivid shock, integrated fork bumpers, a wide pressfit style bottom bracket, and much more.
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    I've owned several Konas' over the years, and I never had any complaints. This definitely is a step in the right direction for Kona.

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    Looks great ! WOnder how much it will cost .

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    Thats nice but not gonna be cheap

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    Styling cues by Norco.

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    All I care about is seeing Aggy destroy this bike.

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    kona has been stepping it up in a big way lately

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    Damn! Might have to upgrade my operator now..

    Nice eye candy - fingers crossed its on the floors by 2014.
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    Bueller? Bueller?

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