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Old 06-26-05, 03:29 AM   #1
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mongoose bikes

are mongoose mountain bikes good bikes?
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Old 06-26-05, 04:33 AM   #2
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Old 06-26-05, 05:03 AM   #3
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Depends on the level you buy. After the 500.00 dollar range, your now getting into a nice quality bike. Years ago, Mongoose like GT ruled the streets and BMX race tracks. For some reason or another I miss those days.

Today Specialized , Cannadale , Trek , Gary Fisher and Giant seem to rule today. Nothing wrong with a Mongoose, really it depends on what you are going to do with it.
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Old 06-26-05, 04:29 PM   #4
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^ yeah pretty much. If you plan on jumping and dropping, don't buy a mongoose. If you just want to cruise and have the poser bling factor on your bike, go for it. You won't die cruising on a mongoose. But generally, mongoose is a no-no. Unless you buy a MongoosePro, like hopper has.
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Old 06-26-05, 05:34 PM   #5
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The LBS ones are while the Walyworld/Target ones aren't. The LBS ones tend to be a good bang for the buck when compared to Trek and such, my PRO ALD cost me 250 which ain't bad for a bike with Acera bits and disk brakes.
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Old 06-26-05, 05:39 PM   #6
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Old 06-26-05, 06:19 PM   #7
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YEa, generally you want to stay away from them, but for city riding or nothing hard then i wouldnt see a problem with one..Or spend to money and get a good one..
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yes YES! mongoose is alright. http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail...nal&brandID=47 this one is sick.
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Old 06-26-05, 06:59 PM   #9
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^ yeah pretty much. If you plan on jumping and dropping, don't buy a mongoose. If you just want to cruise and have the poser bling factor on your bike, go for it. You won't die cruising on a mongoose. But generally, mongoose is a no-no. Unless you buy a MongoosePro, like hopper has.
You can jump/drop on a Mongoose...if you spend enough money.
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Old 06-26-05, 07:04 PM   #10
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If you are buying a hardtail, I wouldn't go any lower than their Tyax Comp. That is an OK, and rather inexpensive, bike for riding on asphalt and really tame trails.
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I don't trust them because they are sold at x-marts. (even the $600+ models).
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Old 06-26-05, 10:16 PM   #12
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I'm a fat guy. I'm just getting started at some good trails. I've caught a bit of air with my old Rockadile SX IBOC with Mavic wheels and so far it's done good for me. I need to stiffen up the front forks a bit but that's really my only complaint.
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Old 06-26-05, 10:22 PM   #13
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Depends on the level you buy. After the 500.00 dollar range, your now getting into a nice quality bike. Years ago, Mongoose like GT ruled the streets and BMX race tracks. For some reason or another I miss those days.

Today Specialized , Cannadale , Trek , Gary Fisher and Giant seem to rule today. Nothing wrong with a Mongoose, really it depends on what you are going to do with it.
$500 doesnt get you anything....

and by the way, its cannondale......
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Old 06-27-05, 02:23 AM   #14
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Yeah what ever you do don't buy a mongoose... they are crap


And if you do get one, don't do this


Sorry couldn't resist

Mongoose are starting to get back into the scene, their Black Diamond range is actually quite a nice bike to ride, and rumours from down under are that mongoose are going to be making a DH rig using their freedrive system A couple of their hardtails are also nice, oh and the good ones can be thrashed, raced and crashed I have spent lots of time on the saddle of mine and it wants more. Steve MArsh a sponsored Aussie also thrashes the hell out of his and it is still going strong.
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Old 06-27-05, 08:54 AM   #15
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$500 doesnt get you anything....

and by the way, its cannondale......
Enough of the MTB elitist b.s. $500 can get one a good entry level HT.
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Old 06-27-05, 09:09 AM   #16
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^ That is true. You can get a good new bike or a great used bike at that price point.
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Old 06-27-05, 12:51 PM   #17
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Here is a picture of my old beater HT.
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Enough of the MTB elitist b.s. $500 can get one a good entry level HT.
I agree 100%. With a little research and effort you can find a very nice rig for even for less than 500 bucks.
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I think he may have been referring to the quality of a 500 dollar mongoose bike.
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i have heard good things about the black diamonds
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I haven't seen specifically *why* (in this thread) Mongoose is a bad buy at the <$500 level. I have been eyeballing a Tyax Super, which is on sale at Performance for $379. Is it the components, the frame, the stigma of being sold at X-Marts? I'm thinkin' a disc brake and lockout fork bike at that price is damn good. I would of course upgrade components if I felt it were necessary. It would be entirely a commute bike (light trails/road). If there's something else I should look for, please let me know, and thanks
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Id say generally mongooses are between walmart bikes and bike shop bikes. But I think they have a very wide range of bikes.
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Old 07-05-05, 02:06 PM   #23
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Well, for the X-Mart bikes its the fact that they are crappy. All of the Mongoose bikes, regardless of quality, get the stigma -- and this isn't justified. The Tyax Super is a decent buy at $379.
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i know, mongooses's suck, but i'm fourteen have no money, and am attempting to get into mountainbiking and see if i like it, my dads friend(who owns numerous klien's) recomends to get a cheaper bike, like a mongoose.i was thinking of getting the xr-250 with front disc brakes, and promax brakes in the rear, rapid fire shifters, and it's full suspension. i thought it would be an ok bike to start mountain biking with. also i don't do a lot jumping and dropping, propably just general trail riding. would this be an ok bike for what i want to do?
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Full suspension at less than $1000 US is not worth having in most cases. Get a good secondhand hardtail for about $200-$250 or go new for around $350 and you will be better off.
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