Review: Kross Moon 3.0
|Even while hucking into the abyss of rooty and rock-filled trenches that I typically thread through on shorter travel bikes, the Moon easily soaked up the hits. The bike ramps up well at the end of the travel, and it makes full use out of the suspension without harshly bottoming out.— Daniel Sapp|
Geometry & Sizing The Moon's 65-degree headtube angle is slack and appropriate for the bike's intended use, and the effective seat tube angle on the medium sized bike is 75.42º. The reach of 436mm for the medium size is pretty standard, as are the chainstays at 430mm. It's worth noting that the seat tube height is on the longer side, which could make it difficult for riders to run a longer travel dropper post depending on their height.
Suspension DesignThe RVS suspension system is a dual link, virtual pivot point design. It's designed to have enough anti-squat early in the travel for efficient pedaling, a number which drops as the shock goes deeper into its stroke, allowing it to soak up bigger hits. The shock is mounted vertically and is driven by a rectangular link, redesigned for 2018 to increase stiffness and durability.
Test Bike Setup
How does it compare? The Santa Cruz Bronson has 10mm less travel than the Moon on the back end, but the geometry numbers are really darn close to each other, and both bikes have a similar intended use and feel on the trail, especially while descending.The Moon, like the Bronson, is a capable climber. It's a little more "loungy", and you do sink into the travel a touch more than on the Bronson, but there's a similar feeling of efficiency. Both bikes are forgiving and supple in chunky terrain. The Moon does have a little more give to it with that extra 10mm of travel when plowing through rough stuff, but it's barely enough to discern, and I doubt you could tell much of a difference if you rode both bikes down the same trail back to back.Both bikes do a good job of muting small bumps and chatter - the Moon is a bit softer in the initial and mid part of the shock stroke than the Bronson, but both bikes are undoubtedly a "heels down flat out" kind of ride.Another difference between these two bikes is the frame material and spec options. The Bronson has four different aluminum build choices and a whopping ten different builds with carbon that you could choose from; it's also available as a 'frame only' in both carbon and aluminum. The Moon has three build options and all of the frames are aluminum. When you put the bikes next to each other, looking at where they line up for the price, we have to compare Santa Cruz's aluminum Bronson S+. This is the nicest build one can get before going into carbon. It's slightly less spendy than the Moon, but has less high tier components. This puts the Moon a bit above the Bronson in the element of builds, however, the Bronson has a water bottle mount on the downtube - something that the Moon misses the mark on.
Fox 36 Factory Fork: The 36 is hard to beat when it comes to an aggressive trail/enduro fork. It's easy to set up and offers an incredible level of performance.
SRAM Guide RS Brakes: When set up properly, I do like SRAM's Guide family of brakes. Paired with appropriately sized rotors, they perform extremely well, especially in higher speed sustained descents. As well as they worked, I do think that a bike of this purpose should have a little more heavy duty spec on the brakes. SRAM's Code family would be more appropriate.
Fox Transfer Seatpost: Like the 36, the Transfer is quickly becoming a "go-to" for anyone wanting a seatpost that simply works well, drop after drop.
RaceFace Bar and Stem: RaceFace's 35mm aluminum bar and stem combinations are solid and appropriate for heavy duty riding.
|The Moon does exactly what it should as an enduro race bike, and it's equally at home cranking out miles both uphill and down, although it certainly favors the descents. Overall, the Moon delivers a damn good time.— Daniel Sapp|