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
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
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.
Bike Setup: All Mountain; Hayes Sole rotors & braking system, Dropoff III, Manitoue RP, Shimano and LX
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
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
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).
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.
Bike Setup: Stock...
Marzzochi 66, Manitou Metel RP....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Dropoff #3 150mm, Manitou Metal RP, Hayes Sole, Truvativ crankset and cockpit. Sram X7 drivetrain.
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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.
Mr. Big Drop
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.
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.