Mongoose Zero G2 2002 Full Suspension

4.41/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.99


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JaySC a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville, TN

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Strengths:    This thing is solid! After six years of use, the only I've had to do is change out the cables and keep it lubed. The weight isn't bad for its price range, and the components have held up better than I could've asked. Despite what others seem to have experienced, the front shocks have been great for me!

Weaknesses:    Wheels went out of true very quickly. The rear shock has no lock so you bounce everywhere you go (shock quality isn't too terrible though). I wish that the rear triangle was alloy and not steel.

Bottom Line:   
If you can find one cheap, don't mind the extra weight for the price, and don't mind a bike that you know you'll be upgrading from in a short amount of time, go for it. I'm on a Scalpel now, but I still have this bike for others to use, and for those days that I feel like a heavier ride to really get my heart pumping. Its held up great!

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Favorite Trail:   Depends on the day

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Good

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Scalpel, Cannondale Rush, Raleigh hardtail, various other Huffy/Mongoose type bikes in my younger days.

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nathan a Weekend Warrior from Detroit

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2007

Strengths:    For the price, you couldn't beat it at the time. Most components can take as much of a beating as a new rider can give it, but you will outgrow the bike.

Weaknesses:    Stock forks suck. They lasted 3 real rides before they were bent. Weighs a ton, but for the price, not really a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
For the money it was a great bike. Still have it for bad weather and beater rides. Anyone knew to the sport that can still get one cheap, go for it. As for upgrading, better off just getting a better bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Dicks

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 100

Bike Setup:   Stock, with Rock Shox Judy forks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Benny a Cross Country Rider from Jacko Heights NY

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2003

Strengths:    Weight (cmon, for this price range?) Components are pretty good. i flipped (still don't konw where those steps came from?) several times and i can tell you this bike can take a beating, even tho i weigh 240 lbs. And last but not the least, the rear hubs are QUIET. i have a jamis dakar sport now but i really miss not having to hear those annoying tick ticks. (once you get use to not hearing them, those tick ticks intensify once you use a bike that has normal hubs)

Weaknesses:    damn good looks got it stolen from me.

Bottom Line:   
i can't praise this bike enough...its perfect for entry level bikers who have thin wallets. Once again, the rear hub is great in that they are extremely quiet.

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Favorite Trail:   favorite tail?

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lankey a Cross Country Rider from PA

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2003

Strengths:    It has a really great price for what you get.It is also extremly durable. The two years i've had it I have only needed to replace the cables for the brakes and shifters. I have used it on some pretty rough XC stuff (Logs,rock,etc.) and have had very few problems with the chainring bending. this is one tough cookie.

Weaknesses:    The fork isnt anything special. Damage from chain slaping.
And of course the stock tires.


Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks for the price. The suspension will get you hooked on full-suspension bikes if you have never riden one.If you're looking for a cheap, but reliable bike this should definetly be one that you should consider.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with rocks

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the cables, nashbar clipless pedals and Mavic 517/Shimano LX Wheels. Getting disc brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesus a Cross Country Rider from MA

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2003

Strengths:    Looks good.. Nice stock components for a lower priced bike. (Acera Comp. Group ain't all that bad)
Strong as hell frame that Only weighs one pound more than a very expensive Santa Cruz frame.
Easy to upgrade, no hassle.


Weaknesses:    Rear shock, tires and front fork..(when you progress in a sport you figure stuff out for yourself)

Bottom Line:   
This was my first full suspension bike.. and its still my only full suspension bike.. except its a lot different now.. i rode this thing for about 8 months completly stock and it was great while i was new to full suspension.. As i got further into full suspension stuff, i wanted more... this bike was so easy to upgrade... I've turned this bike into a nice bike for hardcore XC and Freeride.. no 15 foot drops.. the most ive ever done is 5 or 6 feet.. but there has not been one bit of product failure in the frame, everything is still right, the joints are fine and its in great condition.. Check it out at http://www.fearthefuom.com/thebike.jpg if you want.

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Favorite Trail:   Hmm.. lots of them.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop near me.

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback X20, Cannondale Gemini

Bike Setup:   This bike aint what it used to be. not by a long shot..
Marzocci Z1 FreeRide 2002
Fox Vanilla RL (Lockout)
SunRims SingleTrack Disc Rims
Avid Mechanical Disc 6" w/ Full Metal Jacket
Shimano XT Front/Rear Derailleur
DeoreXT Disc Hubs
XT Crankset
WTB Wierwolf 2.5 Front Tire
WTB MutanoRaptor 2.24 Rear Tire

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Naptron a Weekend Warrior from SF, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2002

Strengths:    Frame, that's all i kept

Weaknesses:    swingarm is too heavy, however it seems heavy is good for downhilling. so... whatever

Bottom Line:   
awful if you keep the stock stuff on it. the only things left that i haven't replaced are the frame itself(soon enough) the cassette,crankset,chain, and saddle. if your looking for an extensive rebuild on an alright bike, buy this if it's still out there, or you can buy mine. email me at naptron@yahoo.com if you want to make an offer. it's pretty bad ass after all i've done to it. works wonderfully now.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   sports authority

Similar Products Used:   ?

Bike Setup:   Judy XL long travel front shock. sun ryno lite disc rims, fox vanilla 01' rear shock. zoom 40mm stem,Kenda IRC 2.35" tires, shimano disc brakes, fenders front and rear.nashbar clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Downhiller from Providence, RI

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002

Strengths:    Stock, its a good bike to do a lot of things with.. mainly XC.. i used it for about 2 months before overhauling it..
The rear shock is not too good but its cool for a beginner. Front forks are also not too good but theyre good for a beginner.. Everything else on the bike is cool, no crap on it, its very sturdy... i was even suprised with the stock rims.. they hold up very well even with some freeride and downhill action.


Weaknesses:    front fork, rear shock..

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike stock, really nice bike when upgraded, its also very easily upgradable.. great for beginners or great for someone who wants to upgrade for no reason like i did.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback x20

Bike Setup:   Well, i completley overhauled this bike and turned it into a nice freeride machine.
Marzocchi Z1FreeRide(plush), CaneCreek Cloud nine rear
WTB MutanoRaptor front/rear, mavic 521's, Hayes Disc, King Headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Killeen a Weekend Warrior from West Milford, NJ

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2002

Strengths:    Value! Decent components for $250. Great price for beginners to try the trails.

Weaknesses:    Tires(traction and flats), grips, rear shock, and stock chain is one link too long

Bottom Line:   
The buying experience from Sports Authority sucked, but the bike is ausome. They included pedal clips (riding the trails without was a pain) even though the bike didn't come with them. I spent hours adjusting the front Alivio derailleur until I checked the chain length per Shimano's directions and found that I had one link too many. Since I removed the link, I haven't experienced any further problems. The tires don't offer much traction or protection from flats. The grips, tires, seat, and rear shock could be better, but what do you expect for $250 full suspension bike. I also considered the Trek 4500 for $430 at my LBS and the IBEX Alpine 450 for $330. The Zero G2 components were comparable to the Trek 4500 for a lot less $$. The IBEX hardtail bikes appear to be the best components available in there price range and they spent an hour on the phone helping me decide to go for full suspension. The new IBEX full suspension bikes were too much $$ for me so I went with the Mongoose Zero G2. The Zero G3 has better components yet, but I will just upgrade the G2 as funds become available.

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Favorite Trail:   Stephens Road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock- removed one chain link, Velox rim tape, pedal clips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2002

Strengths:    Aggressive looking frame, great price, very sturdy frame. Forks are pretty good, as are the wheels

Weaknesses:    Rear shock and seat SUCK!! I had some probs with the front deraileur as some of the other riders. I replaced the large sprocket with a bash ring and haven't had any more problems since.The stock tires have to go ASAP!!

Bottom Line:   
For the money, I think this is a great first full susp. bike. I made a few more $'s of mods, and still came up with a great XC bike for $100's less than similar production bikes with similar equipment. If you do anything, replace the tires before you hit the trail for the first time. The stock Hutchinsons have ZERO grip!! Not a pro bike, but it's not suposed to be. A lot better for a beginner than going to Wal-Mart or TArget to buy a MTB!

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Favorite Trail:   Bootleg Canyon Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Similar Products Used:   none, my other bike is an old Lotus Hardtail

Bike Setup:   stock frame and suspension. Geax Blade front tire, Panaracer Trailblaster rear tire. Yeti Grips, Titec Hellbent riser bars, RaceFace bash ring, Sram X.0 rear deraileur and shifters, Shimano Levers, Avid Mechanical Disc front brake

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve D from South Orange NJ USA

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    This bike looks GREAT. The fork is decent, climbs well, light. This bike is just incredible especially when priced so low.

Weaknesses:    Rear shock is BAD. I dont know if its just me(130lbs.) or if this shock is just way too stiff. I like to ride rocky trails and jump etc. This will be the 1st component I replace.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike at a good price, not a fair price, much better than fair. Light, can take up to 7 foot drops(so far tried). Rear shock sucks tho. If your looking for an Inexpensive and good bike this is for you. its nice all around.

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Favorite Trail:   random junk

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Bike Setup:   Stock+ gell seat. Mmmm gell seat.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Forney, TX

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2002

Strengths:    looks cool; hell, i don't know what to look for. i'm a rookie. the suspension is pretty nice. the first ride was great, until . . . .

Weaknesses:    FRONT DERALLIEUR IS ABSOLUTE CRAP RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. Would not upshift into largest chainring 10 minutes into first ride. Spent 5 hours trying to adjust it, and it still will not shift!! I need to replace it, but don't know what will work. ?? Shimano Deore XT top pull???

Tires a little sketchy... no nubs on sides of tires.

Seat is too hard! Bruised my freakin ass bone!


Bottom Line:   
The lousy front derallieur has really got me worried. Once I get it too work or replaced and get the seat replaced, it should be a pretty cool bike for the price. .

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Favorite Trail:   none, yet

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   dicks sporting goods (online)


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JUAN a Weekend Warrior from Detroit,MI.

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2002

Strengths:    I am new to off roading, but i love this bike. I used to hit the trails on a front susp. bike only, i did not know what i was missing. Although i would suggest that you replace the tires if you are a serious rider.

Weaknesses:    tires

Bottom Line:   
overall this is a great bike, it compares to my friends Gary Fisher. The cost of his bike $1100 U.S. the cost of the zg2, 250.

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Favorite Trail:   Maybury State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   the sports authority

Similar Products Used:   schwinn


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justo Andrejic a Downhiller from Cairns Qld Aus

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2002

Strengths:    Great Frame

Weaknesses:    Shocks could do with some work but good for that set price

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks now all i have to do is buy it. Anyone wanna lend me $380 US i will be very grateful and send you a fruitbasket. Can i acually purchae this in Cairns if so email me Loctar2jacker@hotmail.com

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Favorite Trail:   resocior road

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Big Chilli BIke House

Similar Products Used:   scorpio


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don from Yardville, NJ

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2002

Strengths:    Agressive looking

Weaknesses:    Tires,seat

Bottom Line:   
I must say,I am very impressed with the way this bike rides single track - even with the stock components. It may only be a small step up from a Wal-Mart bike, but it rides so much better. A test ride in the bike shop parking lot felt about the same as the Trek fuel 80. But I did not want to spend 1,000.00 to find out if I would like full suspension. Well,I love it. So instead of buying the Trek, I spent 200.00 on suspension and shifting upgrades (via the internet) and now I have a killer bike. Tires wash out a bit in loose conditions,but are otherwise great. Saddle made me numb. Climbs like a billy goat,very little bob. If you're low on cash but still want a good full suspension bike, Supergo.com has a Zero G-3 for 400.00. That bike needs no upgrades,except maybe the seat. Bicycling magazine gave it a very good rating for an inexpensive bike. It weighs only 2 pounds more than the Fuel 80. And you save 600.00. It may even be a better cross country bike -only time will tell. I'm 6'2",175 Lbs. If you're heavy, 200 lbs. and over,this bike might not work for you. It also will not work for DH or racing, and neither will the Trek.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Kopps cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 80, Jamis Dakar Sport

Bike Setup:   Manitou SXR fork, Fox Float rear shock, Lx rear derailluer, WTB saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Smith a Downhiller from North Providence, RI

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2002

Strengths:    Light, very sturdy, handles really well, holds up to an incredible amount of punishment, suspension system is really nice.. Excellent bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    Stock Deraileur was sorta screwed up, it didnt like to shift into top gear...so i got a whole new drivetrain. thats really my only gripe.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is really nice compared to some bikes that would cost you 500 dollars. Its very sturdy.. its very easily upgradable and very easy to keep clean and in good fluid condition. Downhill it performs really well, offroad its great. It's a great all around bike for the price and its quality.

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Favorite Trail:   I make my own.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $499.00

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback XSL

Bike Setup:   Shimano XTR Drivetrain/hubs/shifters.

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