Mongoose Fireball XC Hardtail

User Reviews (42)

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lew242   All Mountain Rider [Mar 07, 2012]
Strength:

Frame, chain guide, price

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: GT Chucker. Loads of AM/FR and XC machines.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
StonedEagle99   Downhiller [Jun 24, 2011]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

None

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

Similar Products Used: Giant brass
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Jack   Downhiller [Jan 03, 2011]
Strength:

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

Very practical bike well worth the £400 paid for it

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
a guy wit a 2011fireball   Weekend Warrior [Dec 03, 2010]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
downhillforever   Cross Country Rider [Dec 15, 2009]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
fireball 09   Cross Country Rider [Nov 29, 2009]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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

Similar Products Used: gt chucker
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
billyproccy   Downhiller [Aug 10, 2009]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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!!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ben   Downhiller [Sep 21, 2008]
Strength:

I like the shocks on downhill bikes

Weakness:

bmx

well the downhilling is the best

Similar Products Used: mongoose fireball
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
kev-roberts-nw115   Downhiller [Jun 27, 2008]
Strength:

all round good, im not gna blab on

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: saracen jump bike ??

not sure wat it was tho
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
jarly damor   Weekend Warrior [Jun 01, 2008]
Strength:

good jumping

Weakness:

nothing

best bike ever good forks not that good breaks but still good best frame

Similar Products Used: kona stuff
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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