Hello this is my first post here. I am back into biking again! My bike is still in good condition but I was thinking of upgrading some things maybe or just get a new one. Money is tight though and I LOVE the frame on the Mongoose. I primarily ride on long flat trails or the road, so I like the hardtail and the more upright geometry. Every time I sit on my bike (for the last 10 years) I think about how nice it fits me. Its "My" bike. Every other bike I sit on is set up way too much for downhill, like all the modern bikes I see. The bike as it is right now is GREAT for me, since I dont work at a bike shop
But little improvments can be made.
My 1997 Mongoose Rockadile SX has, (Camera Died sorry, and no pics anywhere on the net.)
7005 aluminum frame ~26 lbs total bike weight (probably a low ball number, I took it from someone else, but seriously this frame is light and PERFECT geometry) with "Suspension Specific Geometry" (whatever that means)
Deore LX rear(a tad slower than I would like)
STX-RC front, derailleur, cranks, and hubs.(still smooth)
Answer Manitou Pro front shock 80mm travel Im guessing. I bought my wife a bike at Dick's and it was $280 with Aluminum frame and sweet 110mm travel shock that was way better than mine, I almost tried to convince her to trade
My shock is elastomer and I keep it lubed, but I can do better than this, problem is $$$.
Mavic 238 rims (rear rim is almost shot)
Grip Shift g400 (never bothered me but I want the triggers)
Avid SD 1.9L (I have always liked the brakes)
Wellgo Clipless Pedals (work great)
Cheap, stock Handlebars, Stem, and Seatpost.
In personal reviews of the bike I found people have put:
Manitou Palmer 80mm Strokers w/ 1 inch riser (what is a riser?, because I could see having the handlebars a tad closer) on the bike.
One person said:
"For slalom I have a riser bar and I take off the inner rings and put on a longer travel fork."
Another says he upgraded with these components:
Marzocchi z2 Bombers
Shimano SPD 747 Clipless Pedals
Shimano XTR Font and Rear Brakes
Shimano XT Shifter/Brake Levers
Shimano LX Font Derailer
Mavic 217 SUP Sunset Finished Rims
Shimano XT Front and Rear Hubs
Problem is these upgrades were years ago and Im not sure if things have changed at all. Basically Im not sure if the new forks will fit on this bike. Not to mention all the forks I see are $300 and I can get a pretty nice bike for $650, with said fork already on it.