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  1. #1
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    Operator FR and DH

    Well, anyone have one yet?

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    I am getting the Kona Operator DH or the Trek Session 8. The Trek is like $1000 more, so I am leaning towards the Kona. Still trying to do a little research, I can't find out the size of the rear shock (9.00 x 3.0 or 8.75 x 2.75 etc..).

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    Tough choice, man. Both bikes are great but will you be able to feel a $1000 difference on the trail? Maybe the pros can, but us mere mortals?

    *ahem* sorry that was my wallet speaking.

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    snowshoe says to get the operator
    "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

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    Yea, I am getting the Operator FR. I am having the LBS put on a Totem for me. I like the polished silver more then the blue DH.

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    Got my medium sized Operator DH. Looks better in real life than in the pics.
    Boxxer RC comes with the red spring, too stiff for me. Luckly I had the yellow one ready.
    Van RC comes with a 350 spring, too soft for me.
    Haven't tried it properly as it is -4 fahrenheit here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enemy1
    Got my medium sized Operator DH. Looks better in real life than in the pics.
    Boxxer RC comes with the red spring, too stiff for me. Luckly I had the yellow one ready.
    Van RC comes with a 350 spring, too soft for me.
    Haven't tried it properly as it is -4 fahrenheit here.

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    Drop stop bottomout for the fork
    Funn direct mount stem
    Straitline brake levers
    Post is useless without pics!! But seriously, congrats on the new bike. Bundle up and give us a ride report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enemy1
    Got my medium sized Operator DH. Looks better in real life than in the pics.
    Boxxer RC comes with the red spring, too stiff for me. Luckly I had the yellow one ready.
    Van RC comes with a 350 spring, too soft for me.
    Haven't tried it properly as it is -4 fahrenheit here.

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    Drop stop bottomout for the fork
    Funn direct mount stem
    Straitline brake levers
    Any chance you have a reach measurement for the medium frame?

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    Here is my Operator for you doubtful dudes:

    Sorry but I'm not going to freeze my ass off just for a test ride.
    The bike seems to pedal really well considering the suspension design.

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    The prices on these bikes went up on Kona's website. The Operator DH used to be $3099 US, now it is $3259 US.

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    Anyone know if the Boxxer that comes on the Operator DH is a 2011 or 2010?

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    2011. Our team is racing/riding the Operator now and are in love with it. One of the guys is a seasoned DH racer here in the Northeast (former Intense factory and Iron Horse factory team racer) and he said it is one of the best DH bikes he has run. Sick. Keep an eye out for the Beacon Cycles/Kona Pro team at the GRT, Gravity East, Estern States Cup and Diablo Series!

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    to those who are riding these I'm curious about sizing. I'm 6'1" and don't have very long arms, just not sure to go with a large or a medium.

    none in stock at the LBS...

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    Connor Fearon getting LOOSE in Austrailia.

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