mongoose pathfinder...dont know how good it is...somebody help
i have a mongoose pathfinder, supposed to retail about 600 bucks. i hope its at least middle of the line. if anyone knows how old it is let me know. i am fairly new to the sport, since only mid december and have only gone a few rides. i like to xc and ive tried a little dh, but i took a major fall and would like to find some people to ride with. so i can learn a little more. looking for friends how can help me with techniques and lingo, and if i can find some people to ride with that would be awsome. i know its not really biking season but i love the sport and will continue to ride. thanks
i know the chain has some rust, i went on a nice ride a few days ago and im going to clean it tonight
It's my winter/beater bike. A bit dirty from my ride today. It started out as a frame that got a bunch of used "hand-me-down" parts. But I really like riding it so I always have an excuse to buy new parts for my other bikes so a "not-so-used" part can be passed down to this frame. I actually find myself riding this bike even in the summer.
Now it's got Hayes hydros 8" in front, 6 " in back, X-7/Sram 9.0 drive train, the last version of the XT 8 speed cranks, FSA Extreme headset, White Brothers AT-3 coil 90 mm fork, Onza bar ends, DT/Hugi front wheel and a Bontrager rear wheel with a SRAM cassette, Time ATAC pedals, XTR front derailler, and Fox AVA float rear shock.
I just got a set of new bushings (FREE) from Mongoose and it rides like new again. It's strayed a bit from the beater bike concept I started with.
Best part is, I still get the "my gosh he's on a walmart Mongoose" look from a few people as I pass them.
I also have 2 schwinns that I'll post. Both kept alive with the help of the nice folks over there at Pacific bikes. Great customer service so far.
This is my first mtn bike and still my favorite. Ive had it since '99 and has been GREAT and is still in good shape - other than a slight bend to the frame (I took it to plattykill a couple times *!%^#@) haha- my leg still has a scar from it too.
I made a few nice additions to the frame, I swapped out the rear shock for a Cane Creek AD5, put a set of Rolfs on to get my roll on with some nice Kenda Karisma rubber, added LX shifters, LX front der, LX crankset, and an XT rear der. The fork is a Rockshox Jett, but will be swapped out later. I put on a Thomson seatpost with a very comfy WTB Rocket saddle. Amazingly she's under 30 LBS!!!
Looks like you have the seat rails maxed out. Why didnt you get a race face xy post with the 1 inch offset. It would set you where you need to be instead of on the front of the rails where the seat will end up breaken from too much leverage at the back of the rails.
Seat rails hurt when they snap and jab you in the ass through the seat.
Here is my "Mongoose" got it for $200, used it for riding around campus. I am so impressed with this thing because I have beat the living crap out of it and it is basically fine. (UMCP campus, going down steps all day, 3 foot drops max before it bottoms out but it doesn't mind) It has been getting hand-me-down parts from my rockhopper as I upgrade it. I've changed the fork, saddle, tires, rear rim and freewheel, pedals.
Oh, it also weighs 32 lbs now. Its pretty damn good for what it is!
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