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Everything You Should Know About the Mongoose Mountain Bike

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Mongoose has built a strong reputation as being a leader in the world of reliable and budget-friendly mountain bikes. While Mongoose offers a rich history of cycling that dates back to the 1970s, the first Mongoose mountain bike wasn’t designed and engineered until the late 1980’s. In 1987, the Mongoose mountain bike made its grand entrance on the world stage when professional mountain biker John Tomac started to dominate races with his signature Mongoose mountain bike. After being propelled to a racing legend status, John Tomac’s popularity helped to fuel the Mongoose mountain biking craze that would follow in the coming decades.

1992 Mongoose Amplifier

1992 Mongoose AmplifierIn 1992, Mongoose released its first mass market mountain bike. The 1992 Mongoose Amplifier set the stage for the company’s future success in the mountain biking industry. The Amplifier was the first full-suspension mountain bike of its kind and it became known as one of the most successful full-suspension mountain bikes to ever be made. It was designed with a glossy welded aluminum frame, sporty Rock Shox Quadra 21 fork, Shimano STX M-System brakes, innovative Grip Shift SRT-600 shift levers and an IBOC Pro Series saddle.

Today’s Mongoose Mountain Bikes

Mongoose mountain bikes continue to dominate the trails with plenty of new models that were designed for beginner riders on a budget. With that in mind, Mongoose’s lower-end models have become one of the most popular mountain bikes found in big-box stores like Target and Walmart, which helps introduce the brand to new riders but doesn’t help its reputation for traditional hardcore mountain bikers. Recently, Mongoose has been seeking to appeal to mid-level buyers who are interested in purchasing something better than the heavy steel-framed bikes that are often found in the big-box stores. In order to reach a broader market of mid-level bikers, the 2017 Mongoose model line-up will become available at the mega online retailer Amazon.com.

2017 Mongoose Tyax Supa Expert

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The 2017 Mongoose Tyax Supa Expert is a highly-capable hardtail with plus-sized tires and a 100mm Suntour air fork. This fork offers a thru-axle and 110mm hub spacing. The Shimano Alivio and Deore 2×9 drivetrain provides for a smooth-shifting experience while the advanced Shimano M365 disc brakes offer the stopping power needed to effectively ride down steep and rugged terrain. The WTB TrailBlazer 2.8-inch plus tires on the Mongoose Tyax Supa Expert greatly improve traction. Five sizes running from XS to XL will be available on the Tyax Supa Expert. With a price point of $999, this Mongoose will be well within reach for many mid-level riders.

2017 Mongoose Boot’R DH

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The 2017 Mongoose Boot’R DH is a mid-level downhill racer that offers a surprising amount of value with its $2699 price tag. This bike’s unique Horst link aluminum frame was designed with an innovative slack seat tube that offers a more lively ride without compromising on stability or overall clearance. The 200mm Manitou Durado Expert travel fork features a 20mm thru-axle that pairs nicely with the rugged 27.5-inch tires. The Kenda Honey Badger tires on the Mongoose Boot’R DH were designed to absorb big hits in order to keep the momentum up while traveling down rocky descents. Furthermore, the Mongoose Boot’R DH comes with an extremely durable and lightweight Shimano 1 x 10 ZEE drivetrain.

2017 Mongoose Salvo Pro

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The 2017 Mongoose Salvo Pro is a unique full-suspension mountain bike that comes with a lightweight aluminum alloy frame. The 2017 Salvo Pro is available in either a 29er version that offers 100mm of travel or with 27.5-inch wheels that offer 120mm of rear travel. The new Horst link suspension has received a major upgrade for the 2017 model year. The drivetrain has also been enhanced with a Shimano XT and Deore 2 x 10 setup that comes paired with lightweight SLX shifters and reliable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. This combination provides for excellent durability while riding over technical terrain and reduces weight to make for efficient peddling. The Manitou Radium Expert shock system provides a 3-position compression adjustment feature and a Manitou Marvel Pro travel fork with a lockout, thru-axle and tapered steering to better absorb bumps while also enhancing the overall handling of the Salvo Pro. This mountain bike comes in at a price point of $2,399.

The Verdict

Mongoose has been making great strides to attract more mid-level riders to its diverse selection of mountain bikes. While its price points are still considered relatively low compared to the rest of the industry, Mongoose is working to become synonymous for its high-performance mountain bikes. Mongoose is continuing to set the bar high for those who crave affordable mountain bikes in 2017.

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