Mongoose 2001 Valiant Full Suspension Bike

4/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $1199.99


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Peltier a Cross Country Rider from Winsted, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2004

Strengths:    This bike has great name brand components at a clearance price that is unbelievable. Solid suspension with Rock Shox Deluxe coilover rear shock. Manitou SX-E was much too soft for a 200lb guy, but we be great for a lighter person.
Kore,Avid, Deore & LX,Truvativ Firex, and Rock Shox components are still the norm on $1000,00 + bikes.


Weaknesses:    Alex wheels look great but seem to bend very easy, I recommend tightneing spokes before first ride. CyclePro tires are cheap and work OK at best. Rear derailleur cable can hang up on seat post clamp (poor design). Suspension
bolts should be tightened and Loc-tited peiodically as mine came loose after first ride. Truvativ rings do bend easily.


Bottom Line:   
If you can find one of these 2001 left overs at your local Dick's sporting goods, you may get it on clearance for under $ 500.00. The components alone are worth that much and the frame is beautiful as well. I was reluctant to buy a bike at Dick's but they replaced my bent wheel for free and were happy to tighten all pivot points. Frame has sharp handling and and is very comfortable. Good suspension design is similar to many high end frames.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler Mills

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   GT LTS, GT Avalanche

Bike Setup:   I upgraded to parts I already had but these aren't necessary. Rock Shox Judy fork, Avid disc brakes.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Kehler a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2002

Strengths:    Great Comfortable rear suspension, though bobbing a lot uphill. OK when tightening the rebound adjust

Weaknesses:    Manitou SX Fork stiffens when cold, soft chainrings bend on rock/wood contact, LX rear derailleur has to be adjusted when temperature changes only few degrees

Bottom Line:   
I use this inexpensive bike to practise trails where I expect to fall on rocks. Tubes have numerous dents, Front wheel took on the shape of potato crisp when touching young tree..
It taught me to go down stairs! Great fun, took me over the Alps. Shimano shifting is no comparison to the reliability of the Rohloff hub, which I ride on my hardtail.
Don't expect too much of it. Great for beginners - or for your girl friend, that gets headache riding bumpy roads..

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Favorite Trail:   Odenwald: "Lauseiche to Ruedenau"

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Jehle, Ulm,Germany

Similar Products Used:   C. Jekyll, Specialized Stumpjumper,

Bike Setup:   changed brakes to Magura Clara

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hank Chinaski a Cross Country Rider from Des Moines, IA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2002

Strengths:    light for a cheap bike, nice welds, smooth , sealed rear suspension w/ little flex, corners very well, shifting & brakes work great.

Weaknesses:    bobs A LOT, rear shock spring too weak (I weigh 160 lbs), manitou sx fork is a dud, truvativ firex middle chainring bent very easily

Bottom Line:   
This suspension design allows way too much pedaling energy to be absorbed by the shock. I bought a cane creek cloud nine w/ a semi-lockout & that improved the situation. I also replaced the front fork. The manitou sx felt dead (its feel has since improved after being broken in on another bike, but not much). Other than those problems, the bike handles well, shifts great, & seems to be built to last. About what I expected for 700 clams.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose NX 8.3, amplifier II


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by larry a Cross Country Rider from royal oak,mich 48067

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

Strengths:    very high quality welds+frame materials for the $$$,wtb componets work well with overall package.

Weaknesses:    for the $$$ can't complain. well thought out bicycle.

Bottom Line:   
sure makes riding a hard tail w/out forks a thing of the past.exc. choice for a first time full suspension ride.get the 2001 model savings now before its too late.

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Favorite Trail:   pontiac trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   dicks sporting goods

Similar Products Used:   gt 5.0/

Bike Setup:   as stock,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken SMAN a Weekend Warrior from Albany

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2001

Strengths:    Strong and stiff...

Weaknesses:    Front fork, shifters, rear derailler, rock shox deluxe (Too heavy, but does a very good job of soaking up bumps), total WEIGHT...pretty darn heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet bike for 750.00 bucks...that leaves me money left over to upgrade parts...XT rear der. and shifters, Manitou SXR front fork, Cane Creek AD-12 rear shock, and Panaracer XC tires...this will make this rig quite nice. So, for about a total cost of 1250.00 dollars, I get a schweet rig...The Trek Fuel runs 1500.00.

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Favorite Trail:   Splattekill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   Stock but will be replacing the items mentioned above...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Clapper a Weekend Warrior from Darwin, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001

Strengths:    Fast, well balanced, and definitely tough !

Weaknesses:    The Sx-e fork is a bit too soft, but is ok.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike. The only thing I would probably change on it, would be the fork. I'ld go for one that is a little stiffer. The tyres are nice and fat, but I've found them sliding a little more than I like. I've treated this bike rough, including a lot of stacks, and it just brushes it off and keeps on going.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Bike Setup:   Standard, apart from changing to normal peddals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg W a Weekend Warrior from CT

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2001

Strengths:    -Light, I think it's 25 pounds (or close to it)
-WTB TyrannoRaptors work great
-Deore LX derailleurs works great
-27 Speed
-WTB Speed Disc rims are strong


Weaknesses:    -Rear derailleur hits the frame when going over bumps in 5th-9th gear
-Manitou SX-E fork needs rebound control


Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. I think Dicks now sells it for $750 which is an awesome price to pay for such a good bike. I jump it, do urban riding, 4 foot drops, and it is holding up great. Nothing has went wrong with it at all. The rear soaks up all landings. The Manitou SX-E fork is not the best fork for what I do with it, though it is good for XC. I bottoms out on drops... I'm looking to get a Marzocchi fork on it. This bike is a road rocket. I average about 20 MPH on flat land without even trying. Overall this is a great bike at a now great price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Dicks Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   Huffy, Kona Scrap, GT Avalanche, many Wal-Mart bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock execpt for the Avid disc brakes I put on.

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