Mongoose Khyber Elite All Mountain Full Suspension

4.05/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $2299.99

Product Description

  • Frame: Mongoose FreeDrive All Mountain/Free Ride, 165mm travel, 135mm vertical drop outs
  • Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik R U-Turn 115-160 mm travel, rebound adjustt, 20 mm Maxle Lite thru axle w/ 1.125/1.5 taper steerer tube
  • Rear Shock: Rock Shox Monarch 3.1 high volume air spring, rebound and Floodgate adjust, 216x63 mm w/ 19x8 mm hardware
  • Crankset / Chainwheel: Gravity Moto X 24/36T rings and Bashguard
  • Bottom Bracket: Gravity MegaExo
  • Pedals: Crank Bros. Acid
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7
  • Shifters: SRAM X.7 18 speed
  • Cog set: SRAM PG-950 Cassette11-34T
  • Chain: KMC Z9200 w/ Missing Link connector
  • Rims: Sun Equalizer 27, 32 hole
  • Front Hub: Formula sealed bearing 20mm thru axle
  • Rear Hub: Shimano Deore (IS disc)
  • Spokes: 14g Stainless
  • Tires: Kenda Excavator w/ Stick-E rubber 26" X 2.35, Folding
  • Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3 w/ 203 mm front / 185mm rear rotors
  • Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 w/ 203 mm front / 185mm rear rotors
  • Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3
  • Handlebar: Funn Fatboy PG AL6061, 31.8x 30x710 mm
  • Stem: Funn Crossfire All Mountain 31.8x65 mm
  • Headset: Gravity 1 internal ACB bearing 1-1/8 upper, exteranl 1.5 ball bearing lower
  • Grips: Mongoose Lock on
  • Saddle: SDG Bel Air RL steel rail
  • Seat Post: 2014 alloy post with double bolt clamp, 31.6x350 mm
  • Seat Clamp: Alloy w/ QR
  • Extras: MRP Long Range Patrol dual ring guide

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Frost

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2012

Strengths:    REVIEW IS THE FRAME..
Zero Flex Frame Rock Garden Delight !
Sick Welds !
1.5 HT
67 Degree
6.5" Rear / 160mm Front
Great Cornering
Great Rear Suspension ( looks strange , but totally functional )
Sweet Cable Placement
NO Chain Suck Ever
The Geometry allows for excellent peddling up or down.

Weaknesses:    Id say the weight , but still love it.

Bottom Line:   
People complain on the rear pivot that's BS. Dont over tighten them zero issues w me.

Bike is Sooooo fun when built right. Kick A$$ Frame, never dinged this frame or broke a pivot,
smooth as hell any trail, its tall to the ground and long for a Large than most. Corner's well
no bob, Built 6 bikes this one was best even better than my Turner RFX, About to build my next if i
could ill make 2 bikes this and a second but im tearing her down Dec 1 2012 for a 30lb build.


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Favorite Trail:   Poached Ones

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   TURNER RFX 06


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dickmillikan a Cross Country Rider from Mission Viejo Ca, United States

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2010

Strengths:    I know im posting this in the wrong area, but i dont see an area for the Mongoose Tech 4. my bike is a 2004 i purchased in 2005.

Weaknesses:    Broken swingarm, i have been riding this bike for 5 years on the road. I realize i didnt need the full suspension bike, but this didnt occur to me until after the purchase. Never the less i rode and loved the bike until. I realized the swingarm was broke in not 1 but 2 places. I took the bike back to where it was purchased, i showed the store manager the breaks in the swingarm, he said he would contact Mongoose. I periodically stopped by to check on progress. The 1st week after the drop off he informed me that Mongoose doesn't warranty the swingarm, what kind of horse crap is this, the spring bears all the load, why would the swingarm crack to begin with?. This bike was never jumped, never ridden off a curb, not even ridden on a trail that wasn't paved. Sorry, back to the topic at hand. For 5 weeks the manager tells me either Mongoose is thinking of fixing my bike or replacing it. After 5 weeks he finally tells me Mongoose has decided to do nothing. EXCUSE ME, it took 5 weeks for Mongoose to decide to do nothing, is this customer service or what. GOOD GRIEF. There are 2 things here that are bothering me. First, the fact that this bike was never ridden to its designed intent, its only been ridden on the road, and yet the swingarm cracked in 2 places, shouldn't this raise some red flags, about Design and or Manufacturing. Second for Mongoose to either fix or replace my bike would equate to 1/1000 of a drop in the proverbial bucket. Its nothing to to them. However for joe average like myself to go buy a new bike, this is huge. UNACCEPTABLE. Im afraid to think of what would have happened if i would have ridden this bike on trails.

Bottom Line:   
Mongoose does not stand behind their product, i wont buy another one.

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Viejo Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by vfreehd a Weekend Warrior from Vashon, Washington, US

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2010

Strengths:    This bike has very good handling, feeling like a freeride bike but still being all mountain enough that any tricks are tricky (funny). Point it in a direction it it will go straight. The components vary from real good to not so good. (My bike is a 2008, i think, so it's kind of outdated, oh well.) The hayes stroker trail disc brakes perform very well. Small amount of Squeaking occur at times, like any other brake system, but stopping power is great unless you spill the hydraulic fluid on the rotors and pads and get too much air in the master reservoir...Tires-Good Fork and shock-Some problems with tst valve and leaking but warranty fixes that. Basically all components not bad.

Weaknesses:    The frame design is good except the bolts and bearings tend to break and bend. At least in one of the pivots. This is very annoying but not too disappointing from a relatively 'cheap' mountain bike. Pedals-Retarded, they are clip-ins Funn Stem- Stripped the inner treads

Bottom Line:   
Really this is a awesome bike for what it is worth. I have found it is a good starting mountain bike to give you a firm idea of what you want to get into whether it's freeriding, downhilling, cross country, or just all mountain. This bike goes everywhere, from big drops to long climbs. Also good for learning to fix everything on a bike! haha...

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Favorite Trail:   My own

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Geared2go

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh...?(a little different), DK Bmx?, and various other bikes not applicable.

Bike Setup:   Change the stem to dangerboy, pedals to snafu, grip to odi, tubes to other tubes, chain to another(Natural wear), New Bottom bracket, various bolts, nuts and stuff, new cassette, new cables, and some red lights!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MountainTal a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2010

Strengths:    Brilliant handling! in the air, turns, technical sections- they feel fun and quick whatever you do with them.
Suprising pedaling ability back up the hill or on a trip.
Very versatile long travel bike, just as good as pricy Nomads and 6.6's in my opinion.
Very good specs for the price- ready to go out of the box.

Weaknesses:    Fork is OK but not the best of the bunch.
Avid Jucy 3 breaks are not strong enough for serious DH. Tires are very grippy but a bit soft and tend to get pinch flats (I'm a bit heavy 90kgs with gear).
Need to keep an eye on pivots and bolts, no serious problems so far.
Bike will not be in its "comfort zone" on extremely steep DH sections.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic aggresive all mountain machine with a great price.

I was looking for a do-it-all bike on the heavy side. Meaning I want to really enjoy the DH but also have the ability to climb and take it to longer rides.
This bike is a great solution, surprised me with its abilities all over the spectrum- from DH on the French Alps to 2 meter drops and to epic desert rides.
If you maintain it well you will get an excellent bike with a price hard to compete with.

Gets 4 out of 5 only because I took it to some serious DH and felt a few upgrades were in place for that.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything pointing down

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Rosen & Meents Israe

Similar Products Used:   Commencal Supreme 6.3 2006 (modified), Haro X3 2005

Bike Setup:   Fork upgraded to Fox Talas 36RC2 (stays on 160 mostly). Pedals changed to Wellgo magnesium flats. Magura Louise BAT breaks.
Planned upgrades: new stronger wheelset (the original one was ok but did its thing by now), 750mm wide handlebar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by addict a Weekend Warrior from leeds, england

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2010

Strengths:    nimble quick, excellent suspension platform, superbly balanced in the air, climbs well, strong, excellent all mountain rig

Weaknesses:    pivot bearings are being replaced far too often, large pivot axles are prone to buckling if you like a bit of air, pivots bolts can come loose. cant run a coil shock.

Bottom Line:   
superb all mountain rig, brillaint ride, which is why I am sticking with it through some rather costly upgrades.

will need upgrading for freeriding, the suspension on the 08 model was marzocchi and I have had problems, not mongoose's fault, and am currently upgrading. I run this as a 'lite' freeride bike and have replaced pivot bearing twice, and 1 pivot bolts on the lower and 1 main pivot go. other than that it is a superb bike with some excellent parts, but does suffer thru the grind of an english winter. ideal for lighter riders,

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Favorite Trail:   innerleithen red

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $949.00

Purchased At:   winstanleys bikes

Bike Setup:   stock apart from , maxxis minnion 2.5 tyres, dmr v8 pedals, funn low riser bars, easton seat post, charge spoon saddle, e13 bash, odi ruffian lock on grips, nokon bear cable housing

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jivehoneyjive a Downhiller from Edinburgh

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent handling, great spec for price, very clever suspension system with great pedalling and plush action.

Weaknesses:    Pivot bolts are a crap design- not enough penetration of threaded part, means a hollow tube is all that is holding the bike together- guaranteed to bend- easy enough fix in itself, but better dealt with under warranty, MORE IMPORTANTLY: Bearings for bb link are not up to the job and disintegrate, damaging frame in process... check yours now, before its too late.

Bottom Line:   
Great while it lasted, with excellent characteristics overall- however, due to serious design flaws, unless I'm lucky with warranty, my frame may be headed for the bin- despite not being used all that much and being dotingly maintained. I had the usual problems with the 55s, but this was sorted under warranty and they are now a sweet fork... no marks subtracted for this; will update if warranty

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Favorite Trail:   Innerleithen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Killer deal

Similar Products Used:   Orange Patriot, Santa Cruz Bullit.

Bike Setup:   Stock apart from single ring + chain device and a shorter stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Buzzard a Downhiller from Ridgecrest, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009

Strengths:    -very nice rear suspension,
-brakes are fantastic,
-climbing ability does not seem to match the weight,
-strong frame, no noodliness,
-slackish head angle and wide bars make it very stable
-say what you like about this new Chinese 'Zoke stuff, but the forks still seem to have superb Italian damping (if you get a good pair)
-rear shock is great

Weaknesses:    -the rear end has a 135mm quick release that kind of worries me on the big stuff
-slight frame flex in the rear suspension
-it needs bigger brake rotors for newb-status dh-ers (somewhat like myself) who use them a lot

Bottom Line:   
This is one hell of a do it all bike. The suspension design has minimal pedal bob and masks the weight (37.5 lbs) well.

The forks have had a bit of a travel issue a couple of times. this is because there is too much oil in the damper shaft. This can be fixed by removing all the air from the left chamber, taking both top caps off, then take the damper-side top cap off the damper shaft and screw it back in about a full turn. (use an inner tube to grip the damper shaft). push the damper shaft down all the way, causing the excess oil to seep out of the shaft.

the rear suspension seems to have excellent small and square edge bump absorbency, plus good bottoming resistance.

the only things i would change about it would be to put dual 8-inch rotors on it, and have Marzocchi move back to Italy.

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Favorite Trail:   Boondocks @ Northstar

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Warrior, Spec. Enduro, Giant Faith (amazing!)

Bike Setup:   stock except for some customized flat pedals (dremel tooled the pins)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by anthony a Cross Country Rider from mackinac Is. MI USA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009

Strengths:    stops great, comfortabl eride on minor trails and shoch absorbs alot on tougher trails. easy ajust everything (shock,fork,brakes ect.) overall great partas for the price

Weaknesses:    none found exept for the roco shock leaked air but is getting replaced

Bottom Line:   
i would really recomend to people who want to get better but dont want to go overboard.

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Favorite Trail:   tranquil bluff trail, Mackinac Is.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Mackinac Wheels

Similar Products Used:   none really. only other bikes owned were cheap wallmart bikes like huffy and schwinn

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kris_benson_UK a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009

Strengths:    Fanatastic frame with good beefy welds! the geometry is spot on, and the ride is a very stable platform - point it downhill and off you go!... so far ive ridden everything from reds, blacks, and yellow/orange runs up in scotland - dowhhill/xc/northshore - it takes the lot and is smooth and as comfortable as the sofa to ride home on! Even had a bash at the bike park the other day! suspension is smooth and buttery and lets you concentrate on your lines gettin the most out of ur ride!

Weaknesses:    Its heavy - and even more so now, but what goes up... :) the hayes have gone straight onto my rigid hardtail - never used them on the khyber, and to be honest im not impressed :( ...
7 punctures in 2 weeks (out go the nevegals!). The headset bearings are trashed after 3months but thats easy to sort! a little pressure lost on the rear shock, 20mm rear axle does have some movement..

Bottom Line:   
A great bike that soaks it all up and lets you crack on with enjoying the ride - give it a heave ho and your at the top... catch your breathe and just go for it! your never going to catch a viper on the ups, but zoom past on the down!.. sturdy cranks n bashguard keep on going - a well worthy buy despite some little niggles, and you will keep smiling after every ride as it pushes you into bigger drops, tougher technical downhills, and even to some part enjoyable climbs!

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Favorite Trail:   Golspie

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $949.00

Purchased At:   winstanleys

Similar Products Used:   Specialised FSR / Enduro / Cannondale SV600 /

Bike Setup:   As standard but... old skool tioga bars n stems - dmr grips, halo sas rims, hope mini and x2 discs, slx rear cassette, sram 990chain, v12 mag's (whole bike currently undergoing a respray!)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fender101 a Downhiller from derby, vermont

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    beefy frame, ive ran in to 2 trees and the head tube is fine, the geometry is perfect*, all around good bike

Weaknesses:    heavy, thats it

Bottom Line:   
this is a great bike, its appolicapse proof, i have trouble thinking this bike will die, i would reccomend this bike big time, its awesome.

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Favorite Trail:   dh trail burke vermont

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   village bike

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher hifi, mongoose black diamond

Bike Setup:   98psi in shock, 20psi in fork,(i weigh 130) tires 25psi, low seat, and shorter stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by blenderson a Weekend Warrior from Carlisle, UK

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2009

Strengths:    Tough frame, perfect geometry, amazing handling. downhill. Plush suspension. bombproof. In a magazine test it was amazing value at £1300. I got it new for £949 Looks the business. No one has caught up with me yet - on a descent. Lock out forks. double chain ring with bash guard

Weaknesses:    The stock bike is weighty, but you get the feeling that if you hit a brick wall, the bike would ask you to do it again! the weight does make climbs a bit of a ballache, but it also inspires confidence for the heavier rider who might think he could trash anything not so heavy duty.Dont do clip pedals so swapped them out for some gloss white tioga flatties. crank fell off, think that was my setting up though. should check everythings tight on delivery.

Bottom Line:   
I am no expert but you will not be dissapointed with this bike if you like coming down hills fast in control. Its not for xc racing, but have had long rides on trails and done some proper mountains so as long as you dont mind pushing the steep sections, the thought of what is coming next will always get you to the top of any mountain-All mountain? I think so.

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Favorite Trail:   Kirroughtree

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   winstanleys

Similar Products Used:   kona dawg, trek remedy

Bike Setup:   As it came apart from the pedals. Am going to cut a couple of inches off the seatpost. Will upgrade as things break off it. Hayes Stroker brakes ok. I am fairly heavy, 90ks so rear shock has 160psi I think (still playing around) gonna try 45psi in the fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by afreerider a Downhiller from Oswestry, Shropshire, UK (now in Baltimore USA)

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009

Strengths:    Tough frame and great amount of suspension travel

Weaknesses:    Weird SRAM shifter design.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money with pretty good level of components, frame looks pretty hardcore. Super plush over the rough stuff. A little on the heavy side but hey so am I!

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Favorite Trail:   Morzine, France. Nannerch, Wales. Patapsco Park, USA.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse 7 Point 3, Marin B17 bought years ago and trashed last year on a DH in NH.

Bike Setup:   Stock so far apart from had to change out the quick release in the fork as the bearings felt loose, got rid of the marzocchi supplied axle and changed it for a 20mm axle with a more traditional type quick release and now there is no play in the wheel at all.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sean a Weekend Warrior from Orlando, FL

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008

Strengths:    Great spec for the price. Solid frame. Excellent suspension design.

Weaknesses:    Could be a bit lighter, but for the money I'm not complaining.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. The frame is definitely top-notch, so I'm planning on upgrading the components over time and as needed.

Great, great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Yakuza something

Bike Setup:   Stock, new grips, pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bog925 a Downhiller from Colorado Springs, co

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

Strengths:    This bike can kill the downhill and still climb back to the top without problem, if you can handle a little extra weight. Find the right rear air presure and you're in for a treat. If you're looking for a do it all and don't mind 37 lbs. then this is the bike for you.

Weaknesses:    Rear shock seal blew out on first ride. I replaced it with one from the hardware store and it's doing fine.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Can't be beat for the dollar. This bike can hang on any terrain. It requires a little more strength on the up hills due to the weight but the pedaling platform keeps the bike from bobbing at all. I did a xc trail and it was great. You can hit the downhill as fast as you want and the bomber will soak it up. Best bike for the money can't get this setup any cheaper.

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Favorite Trail:   JONES downhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Haro Extreme X6

Bike Setup:   Stock with mallet pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rambotion a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2008

Strengths:    Really nice handling, plush controlled suspension once you've set it up, pedals uphill better than an average 165mm travel bike but infinitlry better when the trail points down. Cheap as chips

Weaknesses:    It doesn't have sealed bearings in the headset so they wear out quickly. Marzocchi fork, while it performs well has reliability issues, mine permanently locked out after a months use. The breaks also sqeak a fair bit in the wet but their perfomance makes up for it.

Bottom Line:   
For a good value freeride rig that can be pedalled (just) back to the top again get it. I think the all mountain tag misses the mark as you wouldn't want to do all day rides with long climbs on it this bike is best at winching, or being pushed, up and bombing it back down again.

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Favorite Trail:   Fast track, Wharncliffe

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock apart from I swapper the clip in pedals for a nice pair of grippy flats.

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