Mongoose Fireball XC Hardtail

4.4/5 (42 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.99


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lew242 a All Mountain Rider from UK and China

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2012

Strengths:    Frame, chain guide, price



Weaknesses:    Brakes, one retailer wrongly calls this a child's bike!?

Bottom Line:   
I have this bike in the UK, where I only spend between one and two months a year. Needed a do-it-all.

Love the frame, and chain guide and tires on the street and hard-pack.
Like the X4 derailleur and shifter, bar, stem, wheels, grips and fork on jumps.
Dislike the seat, post and the fork on the trails.
Hate the brakes.

Great bike I give it three chillis, the folks at Mongoose are pretty bright, they spent the money where it counted. Luckily the frame is so good this bike can be upgraded into a 5 chilli very easily.

Buy this bike if you are getting into mountain bikes or are experienced and need an extra bike, winter or extra HT for some reason and have no intention of doing XC type racing. If you want to get into FR/DH/AM/ or DJ this might be your bike.

Critical:
1. get rid of the brakes or at least the pads, I made them fade on a steep hill so baldy that they stopped giving me an braking at all, downright dangerous, but otherwise slightly inferior to Avid BB5. Replace with Shimano Hyro M596 upwards or BB7s.
2. Seat is junk, and rails aren't strong and bend, throw.
3. Get some proper grips, ODI Rogue maybe.
4. Get some proper pedals like Superstar Nanotec or Nukeproof Neutron.
5. Post is only for DJ, get a longer one with a QR clamp for other riding styles..
Maybe:
5. Use Maxxis Minions or High Roller if you want to FR/AM ride the bike.
6. Maybe get a Marzocchi DJ and a new set of lighter wheels with a 20mm front axle.

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Favorite Trail:   Depends on bike

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Chucker. Loads of AM/FR and XC machines.

Bike Setup:   Not stock and about to be even more not stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by StonedEagle99 a Downhiller from Ipswich Queensland Australia

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2011

Strengths:    Vert strong and durable frame. I have had a few hard landings and it has come out fine. Havent had any trouble with the forks.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a perfect beginner - intermediate bike. Good value for money as well as a quality bike

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Favorite Trail:   Castle Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant brass


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack a Downhiller from Barnehurst kent england

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2011

Strengths:    Nice frame strong and sturdy no problems yet and hopefully none in the future

Bottom Line:   
Very practical bike well worth the £400 paid for it

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Wheelies barnehurst

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Avid juicy3 brakes hope hubs and sun rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a guy wit a 2011fireball a Weekend Warrior from sydney, nsw, aus

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2010

Strengths:    stirdy, reliable, light and manouvreable, really strong frame (omg) and trustworthy parts. most of the stuff is easy to get replicas or better for cheaper for the mong anyways. no probs. at home on the jumps.

Weaknesses:    none so far. and with my past 4 bikes ive had a tendancy to break something in the first 3 rides

Bottom Line:   
an awesome bike, no probs with anything yet, great for beginners, not even bad for u people who consider urself pros.
excellent value/money

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Favorite Trail:   big jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction, cron

Bike Setup:   dj frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by downhillforever a Cross Country Rider from noose,QLd, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2009

Strengths:    the frame is nice and strong i use it for downhill and sometimes jumping really good bike

Weaknesses:    cranks after a year needed a new bottom bracket plus forks but there not to bad

Bottom Line:   
this is a really good bike a few problems but overall very happy

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Favorite Trail:   downhill/ cross country (snake)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   goldcross

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   avid brakes front,back, jet black pedals, kenda nervergale front tyre k=rad back tyre sram x5 shifter x4 on the back fsa cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fireball 09 a Cross Country Rider from wales

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2009

Strengths:    I love this bike ,after th reviews i had seen many people said the brakes were not very good but i dis agree and think they are good.also i think the bike is great for cross country riding.the frame is also very strong

Weaknesses:    may need a set of new cranks if the bike is used for jumping also i bought a new seat because the standerd is uncomfortable.

Bottom Line:   
Overall a realy good bike and fun also worth 400 pound.PLEASE BUY ONE!

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Favorite Trail:   llandegla

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   gt chucker

Bike Setup:   standerd

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by billyproccy a Downhiller from Wales

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2009

Strengths:    Great for dirt jumping, good for the money, not a single rattle when you jump, good strong design!!!!

Weaknesses:    The only weakness i could pick out was that it`s breaks aren`t the greatest but can easily be replaced if pads wear down.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that i can highly reccommend this bike for the main uses of dirt jumping and a little downhill but remeber the forks aren`t design for downhill so take it easy on the fast downhill straights, GET THIS BIKEEEEE!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   evans cycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ben a Downhiller from Newcastle NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    I like the shocks on downhill bikes

Weaknesses:    bmx

Bottom Line:   
well the downhilling is the best

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Favorite Trail:   Downhill

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $9000.00

Purchased At:   downhill bike

Similar Products Used:   mongoose fireball

Bike Setup:   downhill

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kev-roberts-nw115 a Downhiller from kinmel bay, wales

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2008

Strengths:    all round good, im not gna blab on

Weaknesses:    the rear drupout it angers me, one lasted four months then bent aling withe the readr derralieur

the second 1 lasted 1 day !!!

they are weak as hell, also the oringinal derrallieur is crap


Bottom Line:   
all round good bike to start on

although as mentioned abouve the rear derralieur hanger is weak as hell.

thats all that needs to be said

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Favorite Trail:   jumpin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   direct bikes, holywe

Similar Products Used:   saracen jump bike ??

not sure wat it was tho


Bike Setup:   standard but with better rear derralier and halo SAS's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jarly damor a Weekend Warrior from cape town

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    good jumping

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
best bike ever good forks not that good breaks but still good best frame

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Favorite Trail:   jumping

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   weeler

Similar Products Used:   kona stuff

Bike Setup:   mongoose fireball

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jarly damor a Weekend Warrior from cape town

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    good jumping

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
best bike ever good forks not that good breaks but still good best frame

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Favorite Trail:   jumping

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   weeler

Similar Products Used:   kona stuff

Bike Setup:   good frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by arasch haiderzada a Weekend Warrior from cape town south africa

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    graet look cheap good bike

Weaknesses:    break

Bottom Line:   
it is a very good bike best dirt jumper i seen good forks break you have to change

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Favorite Trail:   dirt jumping

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   kona stuff kona shred gt chucker spezialized p.3 p.2 p.1

Bike Setup:   mongoose fireball

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jordan seaver from Allendale, MI

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2008

Strengths:    This bike from and forks are rock solid and the brakes are pretty good to. Love the brick pedals there real grippy and I haven't slipped a pedal yet.

Weaknesses:    The back derailer sucks and the spring popped out in the first couple of months but thanks to Freewheeler bike shop I have a brand new derailer that is of higher quality, so the bike rides fin now. The chain wheel and rims do bend pretty easy. The rims are a good brand but I dont like to monkey around with my bike so I put some steel rims on instead of the alluminum ones that the bike comes with But I do love this bike!!

Bottom Line:   
Really solid bike with a new derailer and some steel rims.

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Favorite Trail:   Cannonsburg ski area

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Free wheeler bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse and GT bmx bikes

Bike Setup:   standard besides a new, more bulky derailer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan M a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane,Queensland,Auz

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2008

Strengths:    Solid frame, cranks and bars. But the forks are shockin.best price ever.

Weaknesses:    Forks broke in a month, cranks need cleaning every week at least but its a brilliant bike for its money.

Bottom Line:   
this is brilliant bike for begginers and some of the better rides that are looking for a cheap bike that can handle anything. This is a great bike and if u see one buy it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   rock shox dart 3s, wtb seat, velocity heavy metal rear wheel, sun ryhno lite front rim, maxxis lasern front tire and highroller rear, hayes discs and calipers. As u can see near fully custom.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ori kr a Racer from jerusalem

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2007

Strengths:    insane frame, about 1000 times stronger than the gt chucker fork and brakes work great! the duro d fork might be begginrs fork but its work well for me! chian guide, stem,insane cro-mo handlebar

Weaknesses:    not founded. mines is 2007 and its bit to heavy...

Bottom Line:   
the most insane bike for its price. i recommend it for dirt urban strett and even some fr by 100%!

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Favorite Trail:   urban strett dirt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   rozen and mints

Similar Products Used:   kona stuff, kona shred, specalized p2, bmx bikes,norco 125

Bike Setup:   stock setup

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