Here we are again analyzing an entry to mid-level bike, not to cheap, not to expensive, not really entry level but not really mid-level. Kross Level 3.0 is to me the perfect balance for a 599 EUR bike, let me tell you why.
The test summary is in the video below.
– hardtail with aluminum frame
– fork with 100 mm travel
– Purchase price: 599 EUR
– 29 inch wheels
– for recreational trails and light competitions
– position: sportive, lowered front
– geometry: balanced for both climbs and descents
Fork: Suntour XCM RL 100mm with remote lockout
Brakes: Hydraulic Shimano M315, 160mm rotors
Rear derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Front derailleur: Shimano Altus
Shifters: Shimano Altus
Crankset: Suntour XCM
Cassette: Shimano Alivio 11-34
Wheels: Joytech hubs with Kross rims
Tires: Schwalbe Smart Sam 29 × 2.10 Active Line
Total weight: 14.41 kg (31.76 lbs)
Frame Weight: 2.05 grams (4.52 lbs)
Wheel Weight *: 5,082 grams (11.20 lbs)
Fork weight: 2,720 grams (5.996 lbs)
Handlebar width: 730 mm
Stem length: 85 mm
Crankset weight + Bottom Bracket: 1.025 grams (2.26 lbs) + 300 grams (0.66 lbs)
Rigidity headtube: 118.1 Nm / degree
STW **: 57.6
* Wheel weight with tire, cassette, rotor and quick release
** STW (Stiffness to weight): the ratio between the stiffness of the frame and its weight
First of all, Level Bikes are differentiated from the Hexagon range of Kross bikes through a heavier, but more appealing and finer detailed frame. It is significantly more rigid than Hexagon, which means better performance. Because of this, it is considerably more expensive. Geometry is pretty basic, the difference is in a slacker head angle of 70.5 degrees. The Chainstay measures 440mm, making it about 10mm longer than top 29ers on the market, but is also shorter than the entry level 29ers.
Except for tires that are not really comfy and the grip is not that great, there is little to complain about at this price. The position is pretty race oriented, wide handlebar means better handling, the groupset has good gearings for steep climbs but is pretty noisy on downhills and the weight is acceptable. Regarding dimensions, please be careful when choosing the bike since usually 19 inch frames are considered L size, in this case being an M.
Equipment / price report: 7/10