Bike Setup: stock beside pedals and stem and seat.
a Recreational Rider
from Burlington County, NJ
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000
Strengths: Frame, components
Weaknesses: Decals, Mongoose image, no "bike culture" at company.
For my purposes, this is just about my perfect bike. I weigh about 155lb, and it doesn't flex too much. I've done two centuries on the bike at about 17mph, and nothing hurts when I'm done (I'm 48). I do 8 miles at an average 19-21 mph every weekday morning, and nothing's broken or worn out. I removed all of the Mongoose decals, leaving a polished titanium frame, and I think the bike looks very cool in a classy, understated way. Yes, I'd like Ultegra all around, but the 105 works just fine. I called Mongoose with a couple of questions, and they had no idea what I was talking about. They don't seem to be bike people, but somebody knew what he or she was doing when they designed this machine. I'm a typical male gearhead, but I have no buyer's remorse, and no need to get anything else.
Similar Products Used: LeMond, Cannondale, Trek $1,200-$1,800
Bike Setup: 105, except for Ultegra rear derailleur. 550 pedals.
a Recreational Rider
from Corning, Iowa U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2000
Strengths: Solid, stable ride, quality components and workmanship, much faster than my hybrid bike due to 52tooth front chainring, tight geometry frame and drop handlebars. At $1650 for a titanium bike, carbon fiber fork, 105 components and mavic wheels it has no competition but Airborne in that price range.
Weaknesses: Mongoose false advertising on web site or their web site designer error, bike did not come ready to go involved major set up of deraillors and brakes which dealer did an excellent job on if you dont buy this bike from a dealer watch out!
Mongoose website says this bike is "Made in U.S.A." imagine my suprise when I get the bike and a sticker on the bottom bracket says "Made in Mexico" this is either Mongoose's website designers error or Mongoose's error or is simply dishonest, I imagine that if the website said "Made in Mexico" that they would sell a lot less bikes. However I am pleased so far with the quality of the components and workmanship and to be fair to Mongoose I have no idea if this bike is of less quality, the same quality or of better quality than a bicycle built in the U.S. Even though I have other foreign products I try to buy U.S., what bothers me here is the misleading advertising on the website. Still at $1650 the only other ti road bike is Airborne which is made in China, or for about $500 more a Litespeed ti complete bike or a Schwinn ti complete bike on sale through Colorado Cyclist. Once again the deraillors were way off, and if I didnt have such a great local dealer and bike shop it would have taken me some time to get the bike set up properly. I cant really notice a difference between my Titanium bike with carbon fork and my steel bike and steel fork both are more comfortable than aluminum.
Favorite Ride: bicycle nature trails, 2 hrs to all day
Purchased At: Mongoose Dealer
Similar Products Used: Trek 750 hybrid steel bike, Klein aluminum road bike
Bike Setup: I have a great dealer nearby who is honest, decent, very knowledgeable and experienced who set up the bike so it runs and operates great, however it did not come from Mongoose that way and if you are not a bike mechanic yourself either buy the bike from a dealer or look to pay a bike shop to set it up for you.