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Mongoose: amasa comp OR Otero elite

Old 06-13-07, 06:05 PM
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Mongoose: amasa comp OR Otero elite

Hi there

I'm trying to decide between a Mongoose Otero Elite, and a Mongoose Amasa Comp. Reason why I'm only looking at these two bikes is that I can get a 50% discount in a local Mongoose store. And they seem´d like the best bikes for my pricerange.

My quesion in short:
Would you recommend the Amasa Elite over the Otero Comp because it has greater parts? Or would you say that the Otero has good enough parts and suspension system?

I might add that I ride my bike 1-2 times a week, and do enjoy some offroad riding from time to time. I'm used to hardtail and I think it gives me great control. But I'm not used to FS but it might actually grow on me.

My quesion in loooong :
I tried the Otero Elite today and it feels ok, but the front fork felt rather soft. I'm not used to FS, so this might be just something I might get used to, but something tells me it was to soft. Does anyone have an opinion on this fork? The fork is : "SR/Suntour XCM DA w/ Alloy Legs, 100mm Travel; Coilover Shock w/ Rebound Adjust" (taken from mongoose.com)

Now regarding the Amasa Elite then I havent tried it yet because the store doesn't stock it until after few weeks. I'm hoping that bike will have a better fork. These two bikes cost around the same, but I'm worried if the components on the Otero Elite have been cut down to pay up for the suspension system. So does anyone know how the components on these two bikes compare? You can see the components on the mongoose site: Otero Elite
and Amasa Comp

Now some of you might say that it isn't fair to compare a Hardtail to a Full Suspension bike.

Well I'm interested in a Full Suspension bike, especially since I can turn the rear suspension off on the Otero. But I'we heard that FS is not worth it unless your willing to buy an expensive bike. So would the Otero be considered a "good FS bike"? Like I mentioned earlier the fork didn't feel so good, but I'm no expert. Also I might have an option to change the fork, I'd get a great discount on that to.

Thanks in advance for all your comments
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I'm no expert here, but I'll throw a comment your way. The Amasa does have a slightly better or better component package (depends who you ask when comparing Shimano to Sram)
SX-5 level is meant to compete with the Deore line, below Deore is Alivio (then Acera and Altus).

If it were me I'd stick with the hardtail; for casual riding I don't see the need for a full suspension. More moving parts means more to maintain and more to possibly break. For the price the Amasa doesn't look to be too bad of a bike.

Disclaimer: please keep in mind this is from a hardtail rider with no experience in full suspension bikes. I believe you should get the most bike for your money.
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I'd spend the extra $75 and get the Super.

2007 Best FS under $1k

Then again, the Elite is it's slightly less expensive brother, so it's probably pretty good too.
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