Mongoose NX Series Frameset

4.47/5 (19 Reviews)


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NX Series


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Benito Chumpa a Racer from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2002

Strengths:    Disco designs frame look, the stickers I've put on it.

Weaknesses:    The folkwit riding it

Bottom Line:   
Well folk, when you're a chump there's lots to blame. The cranks, the hubs, the handlebars, the weather, the lollies last night ...

Really, I've perved on everyone elses love and I'm just fine with my piece of arse, the NX7.3. Sure I paid plenty more than u folkers, but that's how much that piece of art is worth to me.

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Favorite Trail:   anythink wif bumps

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Canberra

Similar Products Used:   Ladies 10 speed Raleigh (C. 1975)

Bike Setup:   black spokes, red frame, eggbeaters, connex chain, all LX except for XT rear derailleur.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan a Cross Country Rider from kansas city, mo usa

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

Strengths:    Looks great, very strong frame

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side

Bottom Line:   
This frame has been very good to me, I bought it cheap thinking what the hay I will give it a shot. It has been great. The only reason for ditching it, I wanted something lighter.

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Favorite Trail:   landahl park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   GT Timberline

Bike Setup:   Titec bars, stem, seat post, XT components, Avid brakes, Manitou shock, Vuelta rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Bouchard a Weekend Warrior from Wakefield, RI

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2002

Strengths:    This frame is strong as Hell! I've beat it over and over again. The welding is exceptional! Definetly a bike for rough x-country and DH. Specialized and Cannondale frames look so cheap compared to this NX 7.3 frame.

Weaknesses:    Paint does chip easy and the water bottle placement sucks.

Bottom Line:   
I've read all these posts of Mongoose Pro having a bad name... No Way! Steve Larson was #1 last year and raced for Mongoose-L.L. Bean, and Erik Carter is one of the best downhiller racers ever, and he is with Mongoose Pro. You people need to get some research done! For the $$$, I built a race ready bike for around $1350 and is far superior than what I see at local bike shops for $1500... Always ridden a hardtail... always will... My last frame was a KHS and I bent the piece of junk!

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Favorite Trail:   Burlingame State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized StumpJumper, TREK 7000

Bike Setup:   Answer A-Tac Stem, Answer ProTaper Riser bars, Deore XTR brakes and levers, Deore XT rear der, LX front der, XT cranks, LX hubs with Mavic 221 Rims, IRC front tire and Tyranoraptor rear tire, SID XC fork, Easton EA-70 seatpost, Selle Italia Gel Flite seat, Ritchey headset, Deore XT 8-speed shifters, Race Face "good 'n evil" grips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BMF a Cross Country Rider from Roseville, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2001

Strengths:    Monocoque Frame design, large tubing, strength, and stiffness.

Weaknesses:    BB height is too low. Strength of frame is over kill for XC riding.

Bottom Line:   
This frame was designed very well. It is a bit heavy (weighing just over 4 lbs.), but very strong and stiff. I do wish the BB was an inch higher (I tend to crack my pedals on rocks with 175mm cranks). Over all I have been very pleased. To bad Mongoose sold out.

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Favorite Trail:   Clementine Loop

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Bike Setup:   Race Face Next LP cranks, Shimano 535 wheels, Manitou Mars Elite forks, Avid Mag brakes, Kore (seat post, handle bars, stem, & skewers), XTR R-Derailleur, STX F-Derailleur, and LX Shifters.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darrell a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, Maryland

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001

Strengths:    Incredibly stiff frame, very nice welds, gusset at the headtube

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, no disc brake bosses, odd size seat post (had to search the internet for an odd size shim)

Bottom Line:   
What a sweet ride! The bike climbs well, decends better and carves turns like a Lotus Esprit Turbo. It holds its line without much effort and is strong on the drop offs. If you want a sweet frame cheap, you cannot beat this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon-Patapsco State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iquana SE-1

Bike Setup:   LX Shifters and Brakes, LX Front & XT Rear, XT Cassett, XT Hubs laced to Mavic 517's, Panaracer Fire-X Pro Tires, LX Crank, Kore Elite Post, Specialized Body Geometry Saddle, Syncros Stem, 1998 Judy XL fork, Performance XC Risers, Cane Creek headset, and Time Atac pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shag a Racer from Newark, Delaware

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff frame, bullet proof. Replaceable rear derailleur hanger. Aluminum.

Weaknesses:    Paint chips to easy, A bit Heavy 4.2lbs, Being that the bike is oddly shaped it doesn't fit on a rack to easily.

Bottom Line:   
After getting used to it, this frame is incredible. It's well balanced. I would have to recommend trying it out.

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Favorite Trail:   Fair Hill, MD

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Giant

Bike Setup:   All XT, except Rolf Dolomite wheels, Selle Italia Ti Gel seat, Azonic Ti bars, Manitou 98 SX-R front shock, Hutchins Python tires, Control Tech Stem with Dia comp aheadset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gabriel a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff, Can sustain more than 400lbs on road.
Cool paintwork, handsome (very eye catching and attractive)
Excellent price for a branded frame compared to the others.
All rounded


Weaknesses:    A little bit too heavy
The painting will be scratched off easily
difficult to find a suitable seat-post and BB, things like that......
Difficult to lift with shoulder


Bottom Line:   
It is really an excellent choice for those who wants to start mountain biking. The low price is just invincible!! No other can beat it down.
I was so depressed when my friends said that Mongoose sucks. But from the things I learnt, I know that fame of the brand is not important, but the quality and does it suits you.
Though this may not be a good frame in other's eye, I love my bike!!! Mongoose does not sucks!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $135.00

Similar Products Used:   none.. I'm so green in MTB field, just 16, and Hong Kong is not a good place for mountain biking.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi XC700 (to be bomber Z3)
Mavic rim X138 w/Michelin tires,
Full set of LX
Magura HS33

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jm Jm a Cross Country Rider from Fort Sill

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2000

Strengths:    Strong frame
Stiff frame
Nice features like teardrop shaped downtube, octagonal chain and seat stays, gusset at head tube.


Weaknesses:    No disc mount(but there are holes drilled in the dropouts..for an adaptor?)
Not the lightest alu frame at around 4lbs


Bottom Line:   
A great frame for the price. They guy below has it all right. You can buy a $1500 hardtail at a LBS, but you would not have something that works any better. The guy at his LBS must have just been really sore that he didnt buy it from him. I spent arond 700 total on this bike, and for the price it is sweet. I see similerly equiped bikes in my LBS going for around $1500. The frame isnt the lightest, but it is plenty stiff and transfers power well, so it sort of evens out. With the huge tubes it is probably a bit stronger than those lighter aluminum frames anyway. The parts I used are by no means the lightest or the most expensive, but all are proven and should hold up, I especially like the Z2 and the Avid brakes, even though they are low-end they are top preformers. I like how it rides so far, I am relearning how to ride a hardtail. I usually ride my freerider, but I want to have a bike to race both XC and DH, so this is what I will use and practice on for XC. Buying a complete bike at a LBS fine for less experianced and not-mechanically-inclinded Mountainbiker, but when you have the experiance of putting a bike together and the know-how, you can beat the deals that are out there and you can put together a screamen bike for not as much $$$ as a shop will charge.

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep and scarey

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Specalized Rockhopper, Raleigh hardtail, KHS 4000.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 1999 Z2 BAM. ESP 7.0 shifters and derailer, 9.0 front derailer. XT/517 rear wheel, generic/238 front. Specialized S-works handlebar. Kalloy stem. Cane Creek C-2 headset. Sugino Impell 700 crankset w/XT rings. Wellgo 535 clone pedals. Kalloy seatpost w/ Tioga MultiControl saddle. Avid SD1.0 brakes, 2.0L levers. XT BB. WTB VeloR treads.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cheapass a Weekend Warrior from pa

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2000

Strengths:    nice color schemes, strong as hell, Great clearance on bottom braket shell, great handling.

Weaknesses:    no disc brake mounts, need a rear brake arch for the aluminum stays. comes with heavy seatpost.

Bottom Line:   
I walked into a shop and they laughed at my frame and asked why I had but those great components on it. I simply said because it was cheap. It is a great frame. it is more than just a recreational rider frame. For amatuer racers it is a great start. I am a lite rider 130lbs. I destroy wheels, frames, and bars. Hence the velocity rims. This frame will still be good when I die.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Bike Setup:   Full XT with 2000 judy SL and Velocity Deep V rims with XTR hubs, c2 sealed headset, and wonderful ATAC pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2000

Strengths:    Light, strong, looks cool.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This frame is very fast and dispite a few crashes With it the bike still looked better then I did afterwards. The fact that Mongoose has gotten a bad name lately did concern me at first, but after a week on the new frame the worries were gone. I don't know if you could find another on of these frames, but if you could, then go for it, its worth the money.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Kona Manomano, Trek 6500, Raleigh Serengeti, Kona Caldera.

Bike Setup:   1999 NX 7.3 frame, Z.5 Bomber, STX-RC/LX drivetrain, Deore/ Mavic X138 wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan B. a Downhiller from La Honda California

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2000

Strengths:    Sick Frame, very strong, different than most, light, limited flex, burly dropouts

Weaknesses:    The rear end, at high speeds, I can really feel the rear flex, it flexs a considerable amount.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, I built it off the internet and it turned out to be awesome. Rides great, and you can use it for anything..I use it for DH, Salom, trials and XC when time call for it..Light,strong, dependable, Brian Lopes look a like, except for color and some parts...If you can buy the frame, you can use it for anything, and they're cheap...

The bike does trials well, nothing bad there. It climbs well, except for my super-plush fork, it decends great, and jumps even better. Its an all around bike good for anything and anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   my custom trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Nothin

Bike Setup:   MRP, KING, DEEMAX, Hayes, Race face, xt, X-vert(1999) 4-inch

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Technician from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2000

Strengths:    Lightweight, Intelligent Monococque Design, Non-Flexy, Beautiful Paint Job

Weaknesses:    None of Importance

Bottom Line:   
I ride a Mongoose NX 7.3 hardtail frame, and I keep an NX 7.1 frame around for emergencies. For $125, I got a 4.2 lb. monococque hardtail frame that takes more abuse than most downhill bikes I've seen. Even after tons of hard hits, urban assault rides, and trail riding, this frame performs flawlessly. The complete bikes are an excellent investment. Don't let the brand name fool you - the NX hardtails are a worthy investment.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ronen a Cross Country Rider from Sydney NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2000

Strengths:    Very Stable Bike (NX 7.3) Looks and feels great. Easy to pop off technical trails and can open up a can of whoop ass on those other bikes (Mainly GT's) Even as stock is competitive. STABLE....VERY STABLE

Weaknesses:    The front end of the bike tends to dip over drop offs. Easily fixable though with a shorter stem and by popping the seat WAY back.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet bike, good price....Its a pity that the Mongoose Name has been shamed with their cheaper bikes. Either way...better than the other Bikes ive ridden (GT'S) but GT's are ok.....ok

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Favorite Trail:   Bayside extremities

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Maroubra Cycles :(

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar, GT Tequesta.

Bike Setup:   Manitou Magnum R Forks, LX Rear Derailer, STX RC front, STX Hubs, WTB Laserbeam rim, VP Clipless Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jaromir a Racer from Prague, Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2000

Strengths:    STIFF
LIGHT
good looking
pretty comfortable


Weaknesses:    can't think of any

Bottom Line:   
oooh man! I bought the NX 7.5 frame a week ago and it really is STIFF! I owned a CrMo IBOC 0G from 1997 and it was a great frame, but this one really rulez. It's light, stiff, nice looking, etc..... It's great for on-road riding, but it's even better off road. I just returned from an all around bike trip (121km long) and I feel great. Before, I had trouble pedaling after 60 km, even though the IBOC was great.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   IBOC 0G, some AUTHORs, JOKOs, and Cannons

Bike Setup:   Mongoose NX 7.5 frame, Marzocchi Z3, Panaracer mach ss, mach rims, vector saddle, LX hollowtech cranks, SRAM 7.0 shifters and derraileur, LX brakes, XT hubs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom G a Cross Country Rider from NJ

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000

Strengths:    this bike has a really light frame. It comes with above average components and you can't beat the price. Who cares if the bike says mongoose.......it rocks. Definetly a Cross County rider that like to meat up head to head with sharp drop-off's.

Weaknesses:    Slow in the corners.

Bottom Line:   
The MOST amount of bang you can get for your buck. She screams for hills and backs down from sharp turns.

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Favorite Trail:   GCC

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Nothing I would even compare to this

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Indy C, LX components, Specialized seat, Easton CT2 handlebar, Bontrager tires.

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