I'm kinda lost. I just ordered a 2013 kona operator from my shop, the bike probably won't be in before feb/march 2013 which leaves me time to maybe reconsider my decision... I use to ride/race downhill at a pretty fast pace 3 years ago so I thought the operator would be the best bet, now the problem is, kona makes a "relatively smaller" mini dh bike called the entourage. It uses actual geometry (better than the bike I was riding 3-4 years ago...) in a package that would be well-rounded enough to do a bit everything. I don't really plan on racing the bike, mostly just ride as much as possible at bike parks (bromont, highland and such) and just shred the hell out of it. From what I'm used to, 7 inch bikes rarely handle well, they're either too big and burly to pedal around or too flimsy\bad geo to ride downhill fast... Has anyone ever tried one of those new-school aggro kind of freeride bikes? can they be ridden fast downhill? With the money I'd save from the entourage, I could upgrade wheels and suspension components too!