Mongoose is a brand with a lot of history and heritage in both BMX and mountain bikes, but when it comes to road or cross bikes they are not the first (or second or third) brand name that usually pops to mind. Mongoose seeks to change that for the budget-minded buyer with the new version of their gravel grinder. The Selous is an existing model that gets several key updates as an early release 2017 model.
First off, the double-butted aluminum frame now sports a tapered head tube which allows it to be equipped with a beefier carbon fork that will now fit up to 40c tires. The front axle is a 15mm QR and the rear is a 12mm thru-axle design. The bike foregoes the old mechanical disc brakes for full hydraulic Shimano disc brakes with 160mm rotors and Shimano STRS-785 STI hydraulic brake and shift levers. The old 2×10 is now a 2×11 system with Shimano 105 derailleurs, FSA Gossamer 34/50T cranks and 11-32T 11-speed cassette. Lastly, the wheels now come with tubeless compatible rims to give the rider flexibility to try the latest tire options. The Selous Expert comes in six sizes (49, 51, 53, 55, 58, 60 cm).
Whether you use the Selous for road riding, gravel grinding, cyclocross duty or commuting, Mongoose has provided a lot of value at an affordable price. The Selous Expert will retail for $1999. There are also plans to offer the Selous in Pro and Comp levels with a less expensive groupset. Currently, the Selous Comp is targeted to sell for $899.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Mongoose is their new distribution model. Starting this fall, their entire 2017 model line will be available online from Amazon.com. They pulled out of the independent bicycle shops a few years ago and Mongoose was using a direct-to-consumer model and selling straight from their website (which they still do for current models in inventory). Mongoose is well-known for offering inexpensive fat bike mountain bikes at big box retailers (read: Walmart) so it is interesting to see them branch out to a “big box online retailer” like Amazon.
How will it all work out? Time will tell.
For more information about current 2016 bikes, visit www.mongoose.com.