Wait- a new bike with 26in wheels?
Billed as the “most advanced project in [Polish brand Kross’] history,” the Moon adapts the brand’s tidy-looking virtual pivot suspension platform for Enduro (AKA trail) use. As with most virtual pivot (or dual short link) designs, Kross’ RVS suspension is designed to remain active over bumps without undue bobbing. While the translation is a bit choppy, it looks as though the brand are using chain torque to counteract rider-induced suspension movement to keep the bike from wallowing excessively. The link locations support this claim, looking to provide an initially high/forward instant center and rearward axle path.
Deeper into the bike’s travel, chain growth (and with it the potential for pedal kickback) decreases. The design also takes into account braking forces, which are said to have little impact on suspension performance. At first blush, the curvacious tubes could pass for carbon fibre- but are in fact heavily shaped aluminum. The 12x142mm rear end looks stout and the brake mounts feature replaceable threaded inserts.
The three-bike Moon range runs from the Deore-equipped V1 at zl7,000 (£1,400/$2,250) to the X0/Reverb/Haven V3 at zl16,000 (£3,200/$5,150). While no UK distributor is listed, the brand does sell out of three shops in Ireland (details here). Between the 26in wheels, interesting suspension design, and altogether sensible pricing, it’s hard not to want a go on one. Who among us will be first to shoot the moon?