Kona and Shimano Saint Present the 2012 Supreme Operator
To show the diversity of our 2012 Shimano Saint equipped Supreme Operator, we figured the best way to show the incredible range of the bike was to document both extremes. Lucky for us, we have some of the most talented gravity riders on the planet to take us there. Enter the 2012 Supreme Operator microsite presented by Kona and Saint…
Armed with the exacting standards of Saint components, coupled with a suspension platform that’s tough but light, plush but quick, and laterally stiffer that a skyscraper in a windstorm, the adventure documented in the video starts where clocks and race tape rule the roost. It ends up where no one is watching, save the ravens.
At World Cup stops in Leogang, Austria, and Fort William, Scotland with Kona Team Rider Mitch Delfs railing muddy, rider beaten courses full of technical turns, roots and rock drops, the Supreme Operator turns technical gnarl into flow.
It’s our out-of-the-box, World-Cup-ready race bike currently tearing up the DH circuit, thanks to The Kona Team’s Mitch Delfs and Connor Fearon. Using a refined Kona Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage with oversized axle pivots, low standover and a modern, balanced riding position, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from our World-Championship-winning Stab and created a bike that speeds into a new era of downhill riding. The Supreme Operator is extremely easy to maintain, with incredibly supple rear suspension and ride characteristics engineered to last. Have we mentioned that Dirt Magazine called it “bang on”? To make it even better we shortened the rear chainstays by 12mm.