We have thoroughly studied one of the best scooters on the market, finding many weaknesses and naivety. Here is a point by point comparative to understand what makes the Kronos scooter the best choice for everyday urban use, a solid and durable scooter with mechanical choices aimed at increasing the life of the vehicle and thus avoiding waste of materials and energy.
Unlike competitors, often completely deprived of a readable speedometer, Kronos has a backlit LCD display, readable in any light condition that allows you to pick on a lot of information.
You can easily read the current speed and battery status. There is the warning icon for the lights, the cruise control, the engine overheating and the gear selected: S red for SPORT, S green for ECO. Next to the gear indicator there is a multicolor bar that indicates the instant consumption or the energy recovered during braking. With a click of the button you can turn on the front, rear and side lights, while with two clicks in rapid succession you change the gear from ECO to SPORT.
Although the charging socket is the same, we have found a much more comfortable position to install it. It is no longer necessary to bend down to the most hidden point of the scooter but it is in plain sight just below the display. Here it is also safe from any splashes of water and from the dust raised by the wheels and, moreover, while having always an eye on it is easier to remember to cover it with the special protection tab.
What represents the Achilles heel for the opponents has become a boast for Kronos. Most users of normal scooters find themselves with a slender and wobbly release after just a few days of use. The mechanism gets loose and there is no way to fix it except by using palliatives such as felt pads or adhesive rubber strips cut at random. The safety lock is also difficult to operate with one hand and rather slow to be opened and closed. Kronos, on the other hand, uses a completely forged aluminum release, solid and robust. The locking strength can be adjusted with a stainless steel screw and therefore it will remain firm even after hundreds of openings and closures. It is very easy to operate even with one hand, despite the safety, and it is much faster to open and close.
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
An aircraft aluminum frame is undoubtedly already a good starting point but slightly increasing the opening of the steering angle, the wheelbase and adding a sturdy rear suspension makes a huge difference. This is why Kronos, unlike the other scooters, is much more stable and safe to ride on the cobblestones and on the bumpy streets typical of our Italian towns. We have also significantly increased the internal volume. This allows us to mount the controller in a more efficient position for heat dissipation and to have plenty of space for upgrading the battery or other devices.
The purpose of the headlight of a vehicle for road use must be to illuminate the road, not to blind the passers-by. On Kronos the annoying little LED in front of the handlebar is no longer present but, lower down, there is a projector LED headlight very similar to what is used on the best cars. It illuminates the road from a much more favorable point for maximum efficiency and is adjustable to satisfy even the most demanding pilots.
To puncture a tyre is never a pleasant experience. Worse if the wheel also includes parts such as an electric motor that complicate disassembly. This is why Kronos does not have the classic inner tube wheels found on other scooters, but soft solid rubber tires. Unlike most solid tires on the market, ours still allow us to damper the small roughness of the ground without straining the wrists and back and without worsening the consumption of the scooter. They are also maintenance-free throughout their lifetime. Although highly appreciated, we decided to abandon our latex tubeless tires due to the need for maintenance that could discourage the less experienced. For technical reasons it is not possible to mount them on the new Kronos 2.0 wheels even on request.
BRAKE CALIPER, DISC AND MUDGUARD
Monobloc forged aluminum caliper and oversized disc for greater heat dissipation replace the humble rivals kit. The mudguard is equipped with an aluminum release for the handlebar and there is a metal reinforcement to prevent to those who, with the old habit of braking by pressing the mudguard, break it at the first opportunity. It is not the usual 3D printed thin reinforcement, but a carefully shaped steel profile mounted directly on the hub. The rear light switches on during braking, or, if lit from the display, it flashes during braking to ensure maximum safety for the user. The light cable is finally protected with an additional metal foil to repair it from splashes and possible abrasions.