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Kross Moon 2.0 Bike Test

Silence and progress from Warsaw

Kross, a company that has evolved from a small bicycle shop to a leading manufacturer of bikes. It’s a story of a passionate group of people in Poland, one that begins relatively recently in 1990.

Photos: Callum Philpott

In recent years the company has grown and evolved rapidly, moving production to Przasnysz, north of Warsaw, where they have a assembled a custom welding and paint shop. Since 2006 they’ve well and truly been on the move – two wheels, one passion, or as they say in Poland, “dwa kola jedna pasja”.

SHAPE AND PURPOSE. This is our first ride on the Kross Moon. It is the longest travel bike to come from Przasnysz, the rest being primarily hardtails and road bikes. It sits at 150mm travel in three specifications and colourways and is available in four sizes small through to extra large. In terms of numbers our size ‘large’ comes in with a 453mm reach, 1165mm wheelbase, 5.5mm bottom bracket drop and 65.5 degree head angle. Our initial thoughts were that it’s a bit short but with a good component specification and a well finished frame.

SUSPENSION. Featuring the RVS suspension system (Revo Virtual Suspension) the Moon comes shod with either Fox or RockShox depending on the model. The key point is that the tune and support of the bike needs to offer good climbing firmness and yet a progressive character for descending. It seems that Kross have accomplished this with the Rockshox Monarch Plus on this model.

COMPONENTS. Our test bike was shod with Sram GX gearing, RockShox Pike forks and Monarch Plus suspension. Combined with DT Swiss wheels and Sram Guide brakes it’s a well established groupset that we’ve found to be fully reliable. For 2017 the Moon 2.0 and 3.0 continue to look like good value for money with the top end bike on the Fox 36 and Sram X01 for less than four thousand pounds, and this the Moon 2.0 featuring Shimano SLX, Sram Guide and Modus/WTB wheelset for less than three thousand.

FEELING. The feeling is good with the Kross Moon, a suspension dynamic that gets progressively firmer and by just the right amount allowing a good balanced ride on the dampers, it also has a quiet ride character and good steering precision. These might sound like very simple things but they are nevertheless crucial. Sizing is small on the bike which means a slight forward weight distribution under braking and steep descending, and the reach being so small means that is pretty much a roller skate for six foot riders making climbing very cramped too.

LIMITATIONS. When climbing the Moon, care needs to be taken when adjusting the compression dial on the Fox damper as it’s easy to get your finger trapped by the suspension actuations. As mentioned frame sizing comes up on the smallish side for a large but there is one more in the range so its not such of an issue as some brands have.

VERDICT. Every component on this bike from the gearing to bar and stem is without fault, the frame is very well finished and visually the Moon holds a great poise. We like it a lot. Yes we should have gone for the extra large size bike, which with a 470mm reach we reckon could have been bang on. Having said that Kross need to address the wheelbase because 1188mm in the longest size is someway off what are considreed good numbers currently.

It has big competition from German direct sales to the west but surprisingly there isn’t so much with 150mm, more brands focussing on 160mm. The Trek Remedy is a competitor for definite at 150mm but that’s a lot more money. Overall they need to grow the size of the bikes slightly but the range, the price and the finish is bang on.

Kross Moon 2.0

£2999

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