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Connor Fearon Battles Flat Tire at World Champs

The 2018 downhill season has reached its end, but not without an incredible finale. The pinnacle event- World Championships- was held in the stunning mountain village of Lenzerheide, Switzerland this past Sunday. Kona’s Connor Fearon was on a tear in qualifying, with an incredible third place finish. Finals day was the first dry day of the week and as the track dried out the times were getting faster and faster. As is always the case in finals, riders tend to demolish qualifying times in their race runs. Sunday was no exception with rider after rider ticking seconds away from Friday’s times. Belgian rider Martin Maes held onto the hot seat while dozens of riders lost traction in slippery corners, or crashed out in the roots sections. As Connor came down he was on a solid run within striking distance of Maes. However, while nearing the bottom he suffered a rear puncture that would end his chances for a top-five finish. Fortunately, Connor had a tire insert that helped him ride out the flat with a very respectable 15th place finish. The final victory went to French rider Loic Bruni. Thanks for a strong season, Connor! We’re proud to work with you and are thrilled with your results this season.

 

“The World Championships are always the hardest race of the year, everybody comes in wanting a medal, and they’re willing to ride 120% for it. I really like the track in Lenzerheide so I had high expectations for myself here. After qualifying third I was really hoping for a top-five finish to end my season well. My run was really good until near the bottom when I started to feel my rear tire going flat, I had a tire insert so was able to ride it out until the end. I still finished 15th which stings because I know the flat cost me a couple seconds at the bottom, but that’s racing sometimes. The main thing is I’ve finished the season healthy and hungry for more next year.”

-Connor Fearon

Kona Dream Builds: Connor Fearon’s 2018 World Champs Operator CR 29

Connor’s manager and mechanic Mathieu Dupelle and his buddies at Impact Designs have made a habit of making life hard for themselves when it comes to Connor’s World Champs paint schemes. Each one topping the previous one just that little bit, I mean how many ways can you paint a bike green and gold? Well, it seems that Mathieu has found another way, and we think you’ll agree that this 2018 World Champs is a pretty bloody snazzy looking whip and could just be the best custom Operator Connor has ridden yet! #RooShooter


Fearon Qualifies 7th in La Bresse!

Kona ringer Connor Fearon crossed the line in 7th place today on a super short world cup track in La Bresse, France. This is the final world cup race of the season and the UCI have decided to save all points for the final tomorrow, meaning there is a lot on the line for everyone. Connor currently sits at #11 in the overall rankings so a strong result would have him finish in the top 1o overall, which would be an impressive achievement.

We are wishing Connor the best! Tune into Redbull TV for the live feed on Saturday!

 

Short Circuit: Connor Fearon Rolls into the Top Ten in Timed Training at La Bresse

It’s hard to believe the 2018 World Cup DH Season is almost over, after it finishes this weekend in La Bresse, France all we’ll be left to watch is the World Champs in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Timed Training has only just wrapped up and we’ve still got two days of World Cup DH excitement left.

The track at La Bresse is totally new for 2018, and its mix of bike park berms and flowy trail seem to be a hit with the riders. Connor had this to say after finishing 9th in timed training earlier today, “The track is fun, there’s actually heaps of pedaling in it which I didn’t think there would be after walking the track. The bottom section is sick, the dirt is pretty loose and slippery.”

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The New 2019 Operators Have Landed

The Descent is Everything

We believe in the motto “Go big or go home.” With the all-new carbon Operator, we went big so you can go faster. This is the racehorse of downhill bikes. We’ve done extensive testing with World Cup racer Connor Fearon to get everything up to full speed. With the ability to run 29″ or 27.5″ wheels, adjustable chainstay lengths, and an adjustable reach, it’s fully customizable to your liking. Whether you’re racing your local downhill track, slaying laps in Whistler, or standing atop the World Cup Podium, the Operator and the Operator CR are the ultimate downhill machines.

Want to read more about the development of the Operator CR? Head to our brand new stories section on Kona World and let Connor Fearon and our product team walk you through the Operator CR’s development.

 

Operator CR
We had one goal with the Operator CR: win races. We’ve seen what 29” bikes can do on a downhill track, and the Operator CR is ready to take podiums. With two positions offering 15mm of rear wheel adjustments and 10mm of reach adjustment, it’s easier to control the feel of the bike to get the ride you want. While we spec the bike as a 29er, you are able to run 27.5” wheels as well. Shorter or longer, 29” or 27.5” you have the power to customize your ride. Front and rear RockShox suspension and powerful SRAM Code brakes round out this innovative and wickedly fast race machine.

Operator
The Operator is a familiar face in both the bike park and downhill racing scene. With the Rockshox Boxxer RC fork and a 200mm Rockshox Super Deluxe coil trunnion shock, the ride is plush and ready for big hits. With a SRAM drivetrain and brakes, and Maxxis tires, the Operator is a proven staple in the downhill world.

Connor Crushes in Leogang!

Connor Fearon has had his best finish of the World Cup season with a 7th place scorcher in Leogang. This season has shown incredibly tight racing and Leogang was no exception. Always a dramatic race, Connor was able to keep his focus and take his Operator to the line with killer speed. Connor now moves up to 11th overall with goals to get even higher in the standings as the season progresses.

“Finals went down today! I was actually really nervous for racing. I had two good practice runs in the morning (maybe its a bit of superstition but my 3rd run is always the charm) and chilled out for racing. The format this year is pretty cool. I can stay down and watch the women and juniors all race which is especially helpful if the track changes a lot. You can see on the big screens whats going on with the track. It’s cool qualifying in the top 10 because that late in the day there aren’t many riders or spectators hanging around the top anymore. It’s eerily quiet actually and I like it. I prefer to have fewer people watching me ride!

My run was sweet I think I could have pushed it a bit harder in some sections but still stoked for 7th place. The World Cups this year seem like a different level. 1st place to 20th is packed with fast guys so it’s good to be towards the front. I’m sitting 11th now overall and I’m hoping to chip that number down some more over the next couple races! I’m heading home now for a couple weeks to get stuck into some training and riding. I find it a lot more useful being home then traveling around the world without a real schedule for training etc.. So yeah, overall good weekend and looking forward to Val Di Sole!” – Connor Fearon

 

Fearon Qualifies 8th in Leogang!

Connor Fearon has qualified 8th at the Leogang World Cup. Rolling down the freshly updated course on 29″ wheels on his new Operator CR. Fearon says he’s become accustomed to the bigger wheels and felt they suited him better this weekend with the recent changes to the track.

“I’m actually really pleased with 8th today for qualifying. The top 20 these days are packed with really fast riders so it’s good to be towards the front. The times are insanely close again. I know I was pretty slow compared to the guys in front of me on the ‘motorway’ section so I’ll have to pedal harder and keep more speed over the jumps where I can make up some time. I will be pushing hard for a top 10 or better tomorrow. I used to really like this track because it had a lot of sweet corners and forest sections. It changed over the last few years to more of a straight line bike park track and I didn’t like it as much last year, but with the changes they’ve made this year the track is closer to what I love to ride most and I’ve been having heaps of fun which is key to having a good result for me.” -Connor Fearon

 

 

 

Best of luck, Conner! You can tune into Redbull.com to watch the race live on Sunday morning!