a Weekend Warrior
from NEW ZEALAND
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004
Strengths: SUSPENSION IS WELL SET UP .COMPONENTRY IS BETTER THAN EXPECTED. HAYES BRAKES SAY NO MORE........
Weaknesses: NONE TO DATE .WILL CHANGE THE PAINT JOB SHORTLY....BUT HEY THATS NOTHING.....
WAS ALL BONED UP TO GET THE 2004 SPECILIZED ENDURO.WENT OUT ON THE MONGOOSE AND ENJOYED SO MUCH I BOUGHT IT $1300 CASH ITS ONLY 7 MONTHS OLD.AND TO THINK I WAS GOING TO PART WITH $3600 .AWESOME ON THE TRAILS ,ENOUGH TRAVEL FOR ME,THIS BIKE ROCKS.COMING OFF A 2000 FSR TO THE MONGOOSE IS LIKE WOW ,,,,I AM A HAPPY MAN,,,,,THANKS TONY @ DR BIKE ........
Similar Products Used: Stinky by Kona is like the same bike but $500 more. Pretty much, they are equipped the same--they both get crappy front forks.
Bike Setup: Changed pedals and stem. But for the most part until I sell the Psylo, it remains stock.
from Eubank,Kentucky, USA
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003
Strengths: Efficiency, no brake-jacking, horst-link dropouts, around the BB main pivot makes suspension active
Weaknesses: my 2001 frame only works with e-type front deraillers(not really a problem until you look for ISIS bottom brackets to fit, since the bb shell measures 73mm) Truvativ makes a ISIS BB that fits, and solves the only problem I have.(thank you Truvativ)
A very good Freeride, light DH, and trail bike. My setup weighs about 31 or 32 pounds, very light for this type of bike. I have 5 inches of travel, front and rear, and the suspension is efficient, and never bobs excessivly, and is active under braking due to the Horst link drop-outs, and has very a good, progressive suspension performance. I've never bottomed the bike, and I am a agressive freerider, dowmhiller, urban rider and trailrider. The bike can handle anything a five-inch freerider should. I've done up to a 8 foot drop, landed it twice, then crashed on the third try(toasted my original rims) and the bike itself never creaked, or showed any signs of wear, and I've owned it since New Years' Day 2002. I got it for $800 on clearance at Dick's, I had been planning to order it from Bicycle Blowout.com for $1,250.00 and it still would have been worth the money at that price. I've upgraded it alot in the year and three months that I've owned it, and it compares to top freeride bikes from any company. This shows what a REAL Mongoose Pro is like, don't listen to anyone who says Mongoose is a bad company, I've got three Mongoose's, and yes one is a Wal-mart mongoose, and it's the bike that got me started in mountain biking in the first place. A top quality mountain bike, with good support from the company(from Mongoose Pro, not Pacific, they gave Mongoose the bad name to start with) Buy this bike if you want a big-hit bike that pedals good, is light, and very durable with a good component spec.It definently deserves the 5 chili rating
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