Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lenexa, KS
Bikes: 06 Trek 1200 - 98 DB Outlook - 99 DB Sorrento
I honestly had never seen that model before, but I saw Mongoose and I kind of puckered until I checked the specs out on it. When I got into cycling last year (after a 10 year hiatus and nearly 80 pounds of weight gain) I was ill-informed and was looking at different bikes under the $150 price-point. I ended up looking at Mongooses, Nexts, Huffies and low-end Schwinns at the local discount warehouse stores. I broke my Next (disintegrated rear hub, trashed bottom bracket, blown out rear suspension) in six weeks.
My '98 Outlook has pretty cheap components on it. It's nothing like the new Outlook (if you check out the '07 models) and if you compare it to the bike I destroyed, it really isn't much different. I have some upgrades on it now, but the bike set me back $80 on Craigslist, so I had a bit of cash to spare when bulletproofing it. It was 9 years old but hadn't been ridden but perhaps a mile in all those years. The difference is that someone put it together carefully, Then I spent a little bit replacing the cheapo bearings in the OEM BB cartridge with some decent ones, and putting a quick-release "freehub" style wheel and a good cassette on it. It runs like a champ.
My x-mart bike was thrown together, probably by some stoned 17-year-old warehouse monkey. I had to adjust the heck out of it. The seatstay and dropouts were slightly bent, and the brakes weren't even close to being adjusted properly. The derailleurs were in need of a tune-up which I performed myself. I don't see the Mongoose giving you too many problems, just take your time putting it together. Assembling a bike yourself, then using it to transport yourself under your own power, it's a very zen-like experience.