Mongoose Black Diamond Single Freeride Full Suspension

3.73/5 (22 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 8-Speed Shifters
  • WTB Timberwolf 2.3” Tires
  • 16-Speed Drivetrain
  • 31.8mm Riser Bar Stem


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jspiera a Downhiller from caracas

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011

Strengths:    downhill monster, it rides pretty sweet, handles the drops really good (at least the ones i took that where about 6 fts) and the quality-price factor is pretty fair

Weaknesses:    change the fork and the shock right away

Bottom Line:   
dream bike for a downhiller, handles the u turns pretty good and the set up is right where it should be, if you change some of the stock parts youll get yourself a downhill beast a 4 chillis

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Favorite Trail:   volcan

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   kona coilair

Bike Setup:   stock except from the rear shock i changed it for a fox DHX 5 and the fork for a fox talas and a little bit too heavy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TatinGeko a Cross Country Rider from Nashville, Tennessee

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011

Strengths:    Great handling and maneuvering. Incredibly light for the amount of travel it has. This bike corners well and deals with suspension-jack really well. Soaks up anything you put it through no problem.

Weaknesses:    None after 2 1/2 years of owning this monster

Bottom Line:   
Great do it all bike - can't beat it for the price or quality.
The bike climbs well and descends like you are on clouds. When they say the Black Diamond is bomb proof it really holds up to the saying. Great for XC and wonderful for downhill hill. Rare to find a bike that has got such a good ability for all over the place.

FIVE STARS BABY!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Tapton

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $890.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler 2008,

Bike Setup:   All Mountain; Hayes Sole rotors & braking system, Dropoff III, Manitoue RP, Shimano and LX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 1RollingDownhiller a Downhiller from Truckee, California

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2011

Strengths:    Mongoose 2006 Black Diamond Single. Definitely a bang for the buck deal!
- Marzocchi Drop Off 3
- Solid Crank set
- Sun Ditch Witch Wheel set- People are saying they are crap but they actually are pretty F*'n good (nice and light)
- Manitou Metel RP - As long as you don't go off drops that are more then 6 feet it's pretty sweet
- Shifters and drive train system rock and are very smooth
-Bike offers a very solid ride and can take on any terrain you push it up or down.


Weaknesses:    - Only one complaint... Shifters are good, but do need adjustments a bit more often then others
- Overall bike frame is pretty heavy: Weighing at 38-40lb


Bottom Line:   
If your don't mind pushing a little extra weight up hill and want to enjoy and smooth ride while flying down...this is the way to go, based on performance and value. Despite it being a "Free Ride" i would be inclined to say it is a hybrid between XC and FR = All Mountain.
- Can't beat the price and the components a good

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Favorite Trail:   Downyville

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Second hand - Craigs

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Switch, Kona Coilair

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Allmountainist415 a Weekend Warrior from Yonkers, New York

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    Well thought out frame geometry

Weaknesses:    Biggest concern was the headset coming loose. Kept tightening but didn't do any good. The back shock started leaking after a few runs (replaces it with FOX DHX).
Don't even get me started on the breaks. When you need them most they don't work (need to replace them).



Bottom Line:   
Overall, it isn't a horrible bike. Given the issues i've had with it, i think i would have bought the Coiler over Black Diamond.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Mine Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $385.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler, Kona Stinky Dee Lux, Gary Fisher Big Sur

Bike Setup:   Hayes Sole Hydraulic,SRAM X.7 trigger, Truvativ Ruktion, Marzocchi DropOff3 fork,Manitou Metel, Sun rims

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Trail740 a Downhiller from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    Not many...good frame, but otherwise stock parts are useless..When has good components rides alright/

Weaknesses:    Fork went within the first few weeks, Rear shock tanked after a few hard hits. Wouldn't trust brakes to save my life.

Bottom Line:   
Frame is alright...replace all stock parts mentioned above. Everything else functions alright. Get something else, there are way better bikes out there for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   Snow Shoe

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Stock...
Marzzochi 66, Manitou Metel RP....

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lexiboy a Weekend Warrior from Oakland CA

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009

Strengths:    Nimble,compact,confidence inspiring

Weaknesses:    Heavy & Burly Freedrive system, un-helpful Mongoose support.

Bottom Line:   
Great and fun to ride. Stock components comming out of the store make this weigh in at 42-lbs - and thats a small! Freedrive system is burley - but pedals suprisingly well - in an effort to customize and make this lighter and pedal better - Mongoose customer support had nothing to help me -I inquired about the recommended shock sizes for the rear and all they could tell me was: keep the original already there. 4-chillis for value, 3-for poor support.

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Favorite Trail:   From Towny to Downey

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   DBR, Santa Cruz Nomad

Bike Setup:   Hayes,SRAM,Rockshox,Crank Bros,FSA,Fox Van-R

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DaIsh a Weekend Warrior from So Cal

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    Fantastic value! Versatile bike for FR/DH riding. Handles all terrain with ease. The stock tires are very well suited. I tried different tires, but went back to the stock tires.

Weaknesses:    None...the parts are good, but this bike is worth upgrading to fit the needs. Look at the double and triple and see what upgrades can be done.

Bottom Line:   
Killer bike! Mongoose gives a great value! The bike pedals exceptionally well for a dh/fr bike. The Freedrive suspension works quite well. It is very tuneable to personal preferences. The stock components are a great value and the bike is really worth upgrading the components. The only downside is it typically heavy because it is a very burly bike. Plus on the other hand, I have not read that the frame has any weaknesses.

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Favorite Trail:   SART

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Performance - Escond

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock Uno full suspension mt bike

Bike Setup:   Stock except upgraded brakes to Hayes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by deedar a Downhiller from sheffield

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Strengths:    evry thing on the bike is working perfect i have had it about 5-6 months now and done some bike drop and gap jumps and it as took them very well the brakes that come on the bike are perfect i have just ad to bleed the front one .

Weaknesses:    the onliy weekness is the back linckidge keeps comeing lose when i am hamiering the bike but arpart from that is is a lovly fr bike

Bottom Line:   
coulsd any 1 tell me ow to stop that back linkidge cumin lose i have try lots off lock tigth but it just wont work

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Favorite Trail:   wharn cliff

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1599.00

Similar Products Used:   its first fr bike i have ad but my mate as got a fose fly and i can throw that about jus the same so i wud say the foes fly is a bit similar

Bike Setup:   hayes stroker front and back 2005 drop off triple clamp roco rear sprind sun ditch rims pro 2 hub on front fsa holo tek crank

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Chris Slack a Downhiller from Sheffield, England

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2008

Strengths:    Nothing but the brakes!

Weaknesses:    Everthing. forks broke after 2 weeks. frame keeps coming loose. bearings in frame worn after 1 month. hub bearings worn after 1 month. wobly headset.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is not worth the money! i took it back to the shop and replaced it with a kona stinky 07! much better. only went to downhill track twice on it! this bike is a discrase!

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Favorite Trail:   wharncliffe woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Bike Setup:   stock 2008 model

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Superfly a Downhiller from Mass.

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2007

Strengths:    Everything! The bike is light considering how tough it is. The bike is incredibly fast on the DH, I've raced Intense M-3's that don't feel like this. I also have taken this on long and intense all-day all-mountain/freeriding rides, and it feels great doing this as well. The bike soaks up big hits without and worries, and is as nimble as a dirt jumping bike.

Weaknesses:    None, I can't complain!

Bottom Line:   
An incredible bike! It beats bikes three times its cost. Feels great riding trails, on any DH course, and hitting any stunt I can find.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1499.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Intense M-3, Intense Uzzi, Foes DHS, Ellsworth moment

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Totem, Full XT drivetrain, Avid Juicy 7's, Mavic Deemax wheelset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cam Rouch a Weekend Warrior from Wagga, N,S,W, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2007

Strengths:    low pedal bouce, good brakes for mechanical, chunky tyres, sweet looking, fun to ride, fast to pedal,good cranks.

Weaknesses:    little on the heavy side but still alot less than other heavy duty freeriders, mechanical brakes can't handle thredbo, manitou stance fork !?!~

Bottom Line:   
fun bike that will handle anthing up to 5 metres. Probably not ideal for the physco cliff droper but a bit of fun and still fast for the money. Eric carter designed it after all!!

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Favorite Trail:   brikkilm, stromlo, thredbo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   kidsons cycles!!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used:   giant ac, giant dh team, norco sasquatch, giant stp 0, specialized hardrock disc, giant faith, kona stinky.

Bike Setup:   stock apart from maxxis minions and new handgrips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Anderson a Downhiller from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2007

Strengths:    Feels solid and well built when riding, and is easy to control well throughout riding on it.

Weaknesses:    Back shock is rather stiff though can be adjusted from new spring. The frame makes a little noise as you get off your bike. Ditchwitch rims are weak.

Bottom Line:   
An Awesome bike for the money and its looks great and once you've pimped it out like ive upgraded the rims to S-Type orange, it looks fantastic. I suggest this bike to someone who is on a budget looking for something that has looks, performance and yet good specs. If you're into Freeride and Downhilling then go ahead get yourself a good deal and trust me you'll enjoy it.

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Favorite Trail:   Fox Long

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1890.00

Purchased At:   Trak Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Bighit #1

Bike Setup:   Dropoff #3 150mm, Manitou Metal RP, Hayes Sole, Truvativ crankset and cockpit. Sram X7 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sebastian Knowles a Weekend Warrior from sydney

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2006

Strengths:    Good looking, Tough frame, good all round bike.

Weaknesses:    When you take for one day of downhilling you: Bend the piss week axels,Wreck the front forks.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike and used it for everything for about 9 months but took it to a DH practice day last weekend and well, i found that the bottom bracket is to high and it doesn't corner perfectly, im 65kg but found that i couldn't get far enough back to go over drops and kept landing on my front wheel, the front forks went from bad to worse and im having to replace them, but the whole bike held up very well seing how cheap i got it for.
If your looking for a bike that will get you into anything then this is the thing but will need a bit of after market stuff to downhill.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Bike Setup:   Standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr. Big Drop a Downhiller from NH, USA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006

Strengths:    Climbs surprisingly well, especially short, steep, technical sections. You can definitely tell that Eric Carter played a role in its design! It's super fast on nasty DH and corners like a roller coaster. The bike handles big drops and jumps exceptionally well. I keep the travel full (7.5 inches) and keep the SPV adjustment almost all the way maxed out. Oh Yea, the bike is NOT heavy like everybody else is complaining about- it weighs less than 36lbs. Quit you're moaning and get a pair!

Weaknesses:    The 8 speed drivetrain is a bit weak. I'm used to a 9 speed and will be switching it over soon.

Bottom Line:   
The 2005 Mongoose Black Diamond Single is a great DH/Freeride bike. It gives $3000 bikes a run for their money at 1/3 the price. The bike handles better than any bike I have ridden. Bottom Line: perfect for any rider who wants to hit big drops and jumps, frequent the DH course, and have a lot of fun on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Internet Store

Similar Products Used:   Intense M3, Giant Faith, Norco Six One

Bike Setup:   2.5 WTB Timberwolf tires, all else stock for now.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2006

Strengths:    Rear suspension

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike for bumpy trails, jumps, and downhill. It is a major task getting it up any steep grades.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   performance bikes

Bike Setup:   Factory Stock

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