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I know the Mongoose name has been dragged through the mud being sold as Walmart specials. However, I found this model for sale online at a decent price. Looking at the components it comes with for the price, makes it an appealing bike. I read the reviews people posted on this site and they were good. Tell me what you think.
 

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Which mongoose is it? They have this badass full suspension that is all XT for like $1800 at performance bike. But the frame has like 10 pivots and it's heavy. I liked the fit, but after my k2 had a bearring issue, I'm not too keen on lots of pivots when the frame isn't guaranteed.

Some companies that make low end bikes, also make very nice high end bikes. Giant is a good example. A couple of years ago they only made walmart type bikes, and super high end race bikes. No middle ground. Since that time they have closed the gap, but the low end bikes didn't make the race bikes any less awesome.
 

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mlepito said:
Which mongoose is it? They have this badass full suspension that is all XT for like $1800 at performance bike. But the frame has like 10 pivots and it's heavy. I liked the fit, but after my k2 had a bearring issue, I'm not too keen on lots of pivots when the frame isn't guaranteed.

Some companies that make low end bikes, also make very nice high end bikes. Giant is a good example. A couple of years ago they only made walmart type bikes, and super high end race bikes. No middle ground. Since that time they have closed the gap, but the low end bikes didn't make the race bikes any less awesome.
When did Giant made a Walmart bike?

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Look for good quality frame also, like derailer hangers, Al frame, and bearing on pivots not just bushings for the pivots.
 

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When did Giant made a Walmart bike?
Maybe is was much longer ago then a couple years. When you get older it all melds together. I'd say around 1998 they made walmart and entry level bikes. What would be the same as a hardrock now. They didn't really make anything like a rockropper at that time. But they made $3000 plus race bikes. At that time $3000 was a lot for a bike.
 

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I'd take that money to your LBS, you could get a nice hardtail. Note the Deore shifters on an XT rd... good suspension components, but know nothing about the frame and Deore leaves you wanting.
 

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That's a decent bike. I'm personally OK with any of the Mongoose Pro lines. It's when you get to the mass market bikes where you need to really question things.

WalMart bikes are fine for what they are. Mass Market bikes that don't hit the trails. Something like 10% of mountain bikes are the ones that actually hit the trails, the rest is pavement and path bikes.

My bike is 80% of the the time on pavement and path. I rarely get to the trails. Then again, a mountain bike is usually a better thing for the streets. The rims, frame, etc handle the potholes and curbs better.

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I would only be concern with the frame, what kind of warranty Pacific offeres I think they are the one with the mongoose.

mlepito- My first mtb bike was a Giant it was an 93 still have it today my son has it, and rides regularly on the trails.
I never knew they made them for wallmrt. Thanks for the info. I know that at one time they made the frames for a lot of the big names.
 

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That's a decent bike. I'm personally OK with any of the Mongoose Pro lines. It's when you get to the mass market bikes where you need to really question things.

WalMart bikes are fine for what they are. Mass Market bikes that don't hit the trails. Something like 10% of mountain bikes are the ones that actually hit the trails, the rest is pavement and path bikes.

My bike is 80% of the the time on pavement and path. I rarely get to the trails. Then again, a mountain bike is usually a better thing for the streets. The rims, frame, etc handle the potholes and curbs better.

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I think this is good advice. See what the warranty is. Full suspension has a lot of moving parts that need service, and if the frame gets messed up, you are stuck. I had a K2 where the sealed bearrings froze into the frame at the racers, so they couldn't be replaced. It took a long time and a lot of money to get it all fixed up. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through that. Plus, it might be nice to ride it first. Like I said before, I thought the frame had a heavy feel when I looked at one.
 
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