Mongoose Tyax Elite XC Hardtail

3.61/5 (23 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Bottom Bracket: Semi cartridge
  • Pedals: Alloy Platform w/ Mongoose logo
  • Front Derailleur: Suntour XCC-202
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera 8sp
  • Shifters: Shimano EF-29-8 EZ Fire
  • Freewheel: SRAM PG-830 11-32t 8sp

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by irishmongooserider

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2012

Strengths:    Remember, the last Tyax Elite's in the USA (the 2011's) sold for $650 and had Tektro hydraulic disk, Sram X-5 drivetrain, good wheels with Kenda tires, a solid (if heavy) fork with lockout, and decent to good components all over. Value is the biggest strength of this bike, along with the freshly redesigned fram from the 2010 model year, which is a fantastic improvement, and a worthy frame to build however your heart desires, lol.

Weaknesses:    Keep in mind this is only a $650 bike, so its not going to have everything. The main gripes for me (and I'm nitpicking here) is the fact that the Suntour XCR LO weight is over 5 pounds, that's heavy for a 100mm fork. The stock cranks and BB are square taper, which at $650 is all you're going to get. Also, for true trail riding, you'll need to replace at least the front Kenda Small Block 8 with something a bit more aggressive for good steering and braking control as the SB8 is low on bite, especially on the front.

Bottom Line:   
I've even posted a video review and updates on this bike on youtube, just search for "mongoosejake" to get my full opinions and review. For here, I'll sum it up by saying that while other more expensive bikes (say $1000) may beat this bike in stock performance, there arent many hardtails out there under $800 that will be as good as this one.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joel

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2012

Strengths:    the frame is solid and the perfect shape. i was very happy in purchasing this bike.

Weaknesses:    the frame is fairly heavy, the disc brakes are terrible and the front derailer is quite weak

Bottom Line:   
this bike was good for the price and i dont regret buying it one bit. although since purchase in 2009 i have upgraded alot of parts on the bike such as marzocchi dirt jumper 3 forks, truvativ crankset with bash guard, single speed conversion, halo combat rims and halo twin rail tyres, abr 40mm stem, pro fsr riser bars, octane bmx seat and shimano m446 hydraulic disc brakes. these things have made the bike superb for dirt jump, pumping and trails. great bike or the money and very pleased with its performance

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jernas a Cross Country Rider from Maribor, Slovenia

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2011

Strengths:    It's a well built bike overall with solid components. The frame is great, Alex rims are good, tires are great, crankset is solid so is the front shock etc. I also love the WTB speed V sport seat.

Weaknesses:    Promax brakes aren't really anything to write home about also it's extremely hard to find pads for them. front derailleur is not great either and it should be replaced with something better. Other than that I wouldn't mind having some Deore shifters instead of Alivio but it's ok for the price.

Bottom Line:   
It's a good bike for the price that has two noticeable weaknesses. The first one are Promax DSK-320 mechanical disc brakes which are quite hard to adjust, have relatively poor stopping power and are impossible to find the replacement pads for. The second one is the SR Suntour front derailleur which is well nothing like a solid SRAM/SHIMANO one you can believe me that.

Other than that the bike is great for some forest trails riding and you can always upgrade brakes and the front shock if you'd like to do some Freeriding.

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Favorite Trail:   Pohorje

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $544.00

Purchased At:   Through an internet

Similar Products Used:   Focus Whistler, Genesis Winner MX, Scott ASPECT 40, Giant Revel 0

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Tyax Elite 2009

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by soon. a Cross Country Rider from Ohrid, Macedonia

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2011

Strengths:    Good frame, strong wheels, nice fork. Feels good compared to a few other bikes I've tried.

Weaknesses:    Brakes! The Promax Mechs are a nightmare! The tyres don't hold well, especially if you ride in a bit slippery terrain. The saddle is a disaster and the rails were too thin for the seatpost, had to replace it. I had problems with the bottom bracket, but none of the people I know that own this bike have had them, so I consider that to be bad luck. The front derailleur broke after 3-4 months, on flat ground while shifting to the third chainring.

Bottom Line:   
Once I rode this for 4-5 months (3000km), I had a list of things to change. First to go were the brakes. I tried changing the pads with KoolStop ones, but there was no difference, the rear just kept blocking and i had to kick it in order to release the wheel. BB5 - No problems at all. I had real trouble with the bottom bracket, it was something with the screws, it wouldn't tighten up no matter how hard you tighten it. The chainrings and cassete held up for a year or so, so I changed them, no problems at all now. It's a pretty good bike. I have ridden on various types of terrain, from DH trails to XC race tracks, and it held out pretty good. All in all, it's a solid bike for its value and if you maintain it and always keep it in a mint condition, it will serve you well :). ATM, I have about 6-7000km, and it still rides as the first day i bought it. A perfect bike for beginners who want to get into mountain biking, but not for harcore bikers who want to get into racing.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   BikeStop

Similar Products Used:   RAM HT2, RAM HT3, Giant Terrago 3, Mongoose Tyax Super 2008, Tyax Comp 2009 and a few others.

Bike Setup:   Frame - Mongoose Tyax 2009
Fork - SR Suntour XCM v2 HLO (cleaned and greased, works fine now)
Headset - Ritchey Logic
Brakes - Avid BB5 (upgrade), with stock Promax levers
Gears - Alivio rear, front (upgrade), shifters
Crank - Shimano M361, BB UN 26 (upgrade)
Chain - Shimano HG50 (upgrade)
Cassette - Shimano HG40 (upgrade)
Wheels - Alex TD24 rear, Mavic XM317 front on stock Formula hubs, stock spokes
Saddle - Velo 2044 (upgrade)
Tyres - Komodo 2.1 front, Nevegal 1.95 rear
Stem, handlebars, seatpost - Mongoose (stock)
Grips - Ritchey TrueGrip 6 blk/wht (upgrade)
Extras - CatEye Velo 8, bar ends with road bar tape, Topeak Aero Wedge Pack Large

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kye a Weekend Warrior from wagga wagga

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2011

Strengths:    its a great bike but where did you get it for 299

Weaknesses:    costs to much

Bottom Line:   
i like it but it costs to much

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Favorite Trail:   wilans hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $749.00

Purchased At:   kidsons cycles

Similar Products Used:   haro f1 series

Bike Setup:   great

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kuriyama a Downhiller from Far Northern Japan

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2011

Strengths:    Great Value
Decent frame
Deore Shifters & Rear Mech
Tektro Discs
Kenda Small Block tyres

Weaknesses:    None at this price point

Bottom Line:   
I bought a 2010 Tyax (note there area few spec differences to US bikes) from the local Costco for my 10 yr old daughter and gotta say it's great - mainly because of the value.

For under $300 I think this is one of the better bikes I've found, and certainly better than the Jamis Trail I got for my son a couple of years back. My daughter loves it - which means she's not trying to climb up onto my Remedy 9 - so that means I'm lovin' it too!

I've never bought a bike from a store like Costco before but I really couldn't go past the value. For someone new to this sport or looking for a dependable bike to commute on and throw down the occasional trail you could do a lot worse than a Tyax - especially if it's under $300.00!

Remember it is an entry level bike, and as much as I when I say it's great I mean for that purpose and price point. Don't complain if it doesn't perform like a $2,000 bike because it isn't!

Love it for what it is: a solid bike, and unbeatable value.

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Favorite Trail:   smooth fast singletrack thru pine forests

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Costco!!!!

Similar Products Used:   Lots

Bike Setup:   Cut down the seat post, shorter crank arms, shorter stem, lighter tyres & tubes; otherwise stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tasos a Downhiller from greece

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2009

Strengths:    sorry for my english because i am from greece!!!it has a very lite gear ratio and the main body is excellent

Weaknesses:    before you buy this mongoose tyax product you have to take into consideration that this areas with dirt or overcoast riding can harm the accesories of the bike like the gear ratio

Bottom Line:   
just like here sorry!!!

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Favorite Trail:   mountains

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $432.00

Purchased At:   kasimatis

Similar Products Used:   no

Bike Setup:   i cant understand the words!!!sorry

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RdB a Cross Country Rider from Lithuania

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2009

Strengths:    Shimano Alivio system,Shimano Cranks,Strong Frame,good wheels,enough good fork for me.

Weaknesses:    Promax brakes.I think it is the worse thing in this bike.
Crank is near ground,so sometimes it hits liying trees or something.

Bottom Line:   
I have this bike for 1 year and the only one problem - promax mechanical brakes.It's not a problem,but i want better brakes,so need to upgrade.Overall im doing everything i want with this bike and,after year,no problem :)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Bike Setup:   Shimano Alivio system,Shimano Cranks,Suntour XCM Fork,Promax mechanical brakes,Alexrims TD24...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Shadow a Weekend Warrior from Gold Coast, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2009

Strengths:    The SRAM X.5 gearing, being a first time user of SRAM, I heard a lot of bad things over the years and had been Shimano loyal, however I have to say I will be sticking with SRAM from now on. The bike has a great feel to the frame, responds very well.

Weaknesses:    Promax cable disc brakes. Mongoose handlebars are just too wide. Mongoose dual density grips are terrible. Mongoose platform pedals straight from a BMX. Kenda Komodo tyres that are just shocking.

Bottom Line:   
Once upgraded and kitted out with bar ends, computer, cages, etc. the bike is great, rides well, shifts clean, good for light cross country duties, suspension requires a little play to get it set up without a lot of rebound, but after a year of daily rides this is a nice bike that has performed well. Good solid machine, however the Promax brakes will not stop you in a hurry, so an upgrade is a good option. I have also read about parts come loose and snap, never had this issue and I am not the lightest rider. I would recommend this bike, having said this I spent a few dollars on upgrades to get a product that I liked. I will be buying another Mongoose, I will step up to a higher spec model without fail.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon, Giant Alias, GT Avalanche 1.0, Norco and Apollo rigs.

Bike Setup:   2008 model: Black.
Tires: 26x1.95 Michelin Wild Gripper Pro - UPGRADE.
Wheelset: Alex TD24 double wall, Alloy QR 32H hubs.
Frame: Flat top tube, All Mountain 6061 Alloy.
Headset: Ritchey.
Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive.
Bottom Bracket: FSA cartridge.
Chain: KMC Z-9200.
Stem: Mongoose alloy 31.8mm x 110mm.
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy C - UPGRADE.
Handlebar: Rafe Face, Ride 31.8mm x 610mm - UPGRADE.
Seatpost: Mongoose alloy with micro adjust clamp.
Grips/Tape: Profile Design - UPGRADE.
Levers: Hayes Nine XC hydraulic - UPGRADE.
Brakes: Hayes Nine XC hydraulic disc 160mm F&R - UPGRADE.
Fork: SR/Suntour XCM DA 100mm hydraulic adjust & lock out.
Front Derailleur: SRAM X.5.
Cassette: Shimano 8-speed cassette.
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.5.
Shifters: SRAM X.5 24 speed.
Saddle: WTB Pure V Sport.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kizza a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2008

Strengths:    Great bike easy ride. Looks good. Not too much of a strain even when going up hill. Comfortable and really fun to ride

Weaknesses:    Brakes a little too good sometimes. e.g when going really fast and having to brake suddenlly you can be thrown forwards if you aren't careful.

Bottom Line:   
Best bike I've ever owned. Great ride off and on road.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Frederick a Weekend Warrior from Pretoria, SouthAfrica

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

Strengths:    nice bike for beginners and for the price

Weaknesses:    Crank comes lose, spinner fork sucks, the rims didnt survive sabie, mechanical disk brakes not recommended

Bottom Line:   
After changing the shock it was not bad at all, that untill the disk brakes just STOPPED WORKING...but nothing $200 cant fix, happy with it other wise

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Favorite Trail:   Sabie

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Bike Setup:   RockShox Judy
Shimano SPD
Maxxis HighRollers

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Teemu a Cross Country Rider from Turku

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007

Strengths:    Good pedals, average seat, gears and frame, and looks :D

Weaknesses:    Brakes (Tektro IO) suck, the fork (spinner griad os) sucks. the stem is too long. and the bike is also pretty heavy. :S

Bottom Line:   
Its a GooD quality bike that is good if you are a 60 year old grandfather that only drives from home to work. but if you are a young you do XC and DH its not good enought.

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Favorite Trail:   there are many

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Berggren

Similar Products Used:   Tunturi Duke, Kuwahara Muddy stone 3

Bike Setup:   Better FCF stem and lightened alot parts (made RAW)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Weekend Warrior from Central Coast, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2007

Strengths:    Excellent value for money for beginers. Disc brakes, Double walled rims, Decent suspension (2007 model here, different suspension from previous models), Solid frame.

Weaknesses:    Had problems with the brakes, had the calipers replaced but it turned out to be the rotors. They pulsed very badly, really noticable when braking with speed. Had them changed over and now they are fine. Although the LBS said they haven't had that issue before with this particular bike...

Bottom Line:   
This was one of the better value for money bikes for a beginer i could find. I'll probably keep it for a year or so and then move on to a FS when i get my skills up. 2007 Model Recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Ourimbah State Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   Central Coast Cycles

Similar Products Used:   None, Newbie

Bike Setup:   Stock except for better rotors

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by joe bishop a Weekend Warrior from jersey

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Strengths:    seat and pedals but even there not really a strength

Weaknesses:    wots up wit the forks man, tyres are like twigs and the stem is a mile long

Bottom Line:   
dont use this bike for downhill or jumping it'll snap
ok for plodding aroung the garden on if beginner

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Favorite Trail:   water works

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $478.00

Purchased At:   lawrence de gruchy

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   completely stock couldnt be asked to spend any money on it

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by edok burnis from australia

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2006

Strengths:    platform pedals.

Weaknesses:    stupid bloody crank arms make sure to buy loctite. come loose every ride. Derailer not very good.

Bottom Line:   
Do not ride this bike downhill if u dont want to get injured.
good for monos

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Favorite Trail:   my back yard

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   some shop

Similar Products Used:   kent

Bike Setup:   just like i got it except valve caps.

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