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    My letter to Mongoose

    This is the email I sent to Pacific-cycles / Mongoose.

    Hello ,
    In the beginning of June of 2012 I purchased a Mongoose XR-75 from my local Walmart for $135 + tax. After a day of use I noticed my bike would not shift correctly. I adjusted my rear and front derailleur, it worked fine after that. Riding on a smooth path I noticed the cranks were getting seriously stressed under load. I'm 5'11 164 pounds. I tightened my crank arms all seemed fine. . .

    I've had the bike off road, gone off some small dirt mound jumps on trails etc. The description of this bike lists it can handle off road. I was surprised to discover the font shock actually did ok. The rear Hub, not so good. There is some wobble in my rear Cog. Also, today my front left SRAM that guides the front derailleur broke. The cable had become frayed and the whole unit on the handle bar broke away. :-( "Not even 2 months old." I decided to drop my chain down to the second cog and use my top cog as a bash guard. Rear derailleur still holding strong despite play in the rear wheel.

    I don't feel this bike would have lasted a person who did not know how to maintain a bike. I have had to modify the bike in order to keep it riding. After every trail ride I have to clean and lube the bike. I am unable to purchase a new bike until Feb of 2013. I saved for months to purchase this bike. I refused to believe people when they told me this bike would crumble. They told me "Mongoose sold out to Walmart and their bikes are basically junk now." I don't feel I have taken this bike outside its comfort zone at all. The trails I ride are tame, built for bikes like the XR-75, these trails are not B.C downhills. They are red clay mounds with some roots and pine trees.

    Well, I'm kinda bummed my bike is about broke. I took a chance and got hosed. I could have bought a Giant from a pawn shop for $150 and passed!

    The adjustments I made to my Mongoose today I'm afraid will probably be the last. I think my crank will go next. I don't have money for a $500 to a 1k bike, I just don't have it like that unfortunately.

    I kept my bike indoors in my room. Like I stated I have washed, lubed and adjusted the whole bike after every ride. Sadly the components just don't hold up. The bike is marketed as a sporty, off road trail bike. This full suspension mongoose is nothing of the sort. It is meant for light paved riding. Even then it would be horrible because the rear suspension would compress under load.

    I'm almost out of a bike, not really sure what to do. If Mongoose could help me out that would be great. Less than 2 months of use and your product is dying daily. Please see your description of the Mongoose XR-75

    Thank you
    -Thomas

    P.S My grips are hosed as well. They slip off and tear so easily. The positioning of the SRAM means I would have to cut new grips I buy to make them fit!

    The Mongoose XR-75 26 Men s All-Terrain Bike is a tough vehicle that is perfect for off-road cycling. The bike has an optimum combination of strength and flexibility. Its lightweight suspension frame makes sure that even young and inexperienced cyclists will find it easy to handle on the toughest of terrains. The dual suspension bike is a super performer on mountains and has enough features to ensure a safe ride. The safety features of this men s mountain bike include linear pull breaks and the 26 inch wheels. The bike comes with a quick release seat post and therefore is easily adjustable for different riders. The Mongoose XR-75, with its 21 speeds and SRAM grip shifters ensures a fast and smooth ride. Changing gears in this 21-speed bike is easy and quick.

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    Considering $135 is about the cost of a set of mountain bike tires these days... you shouldn't be surprised what happened...

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    did that bike have this sticker on it?
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    Nah, it didn't. have the warning. When I got it home I adjusted everything down nice and tight. I know allot of times it's not the bike but the assembly. In Feb I'll have about $600 to hit craig's list and the pawn shops with.

    I don't think this bike would last 6 months of paved use only.

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    "The Mongoose XR-75 26 Men s All-Terrain Bike is a tough vehicle that is perfect for off-road cycling."
    WARNING: This bike is not designed for offroad use."

    Have you tried taking it back to Walmart. That's the one good thing about Walmart, they'll take back jsut about anything. If you can get your money back that would be best; you could continue to save and look for a better used bike. At the very least you might be able get a replacement XR.

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    I still think this is one of the best deals around...
    http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Ov...ds=diamondback

    If you fit on a large frame, its only $733

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    Quote Originally Posted by FullyTorque View Post
    "The Mongoose XR-75 26 Men s All-Terrain Bike is a tough vehicle that is perfect for off-road cycling."
    WARNING: This bike is not designed for offroad use."

    Have you tried taking it back to Walmart. That's the one good thing about Walmart, they'll take back jsut about anything. If you can get your money back that would be best; you could continue to save and look for a better used bike. At the very least you might be able get a replacement XR.
    I went back to walmart and they basically told me I had to much wear on the bike. Stickers were all off it etc. "I also lost my receipt." Their mechanic offered to look over the bike. Yadda, yadda. Not much he could do that I could not. Think I should contact the store manager. Lesson learned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VBrakesAndBarEnds View Post
    I still think this is one of the best deals around...
    http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-Ov...ds=diamondback

    If you fit on a large frame, its only $733
    Yea that DB looks really nice. I could work that price here soon as well I think. I've also been thinking about the Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane Fantom 29Trail

    Looks like a sweet hard tail 29 er around 30 lbs for $549

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    Tough luck. You live and learn.
    I bought a cheap Dept Store MTB for work a couple of years back. Used only to ride around the plant on paved roads at an easy pace... Lasted only a few months before crank stripped out. Replaced by an industrial grade SS bike now.
    Dept. Store Bikes = Disposable Bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    Yea that DB looks really nice. I could work that price here soon as well I think. I've also been thinking about the Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane Fantom 29Trail

    Looks like a sweet hard tail 29 er around 30 lbs for $549
    If you don't mind Suntour forks, the motobecane is a good choice... The fork on that diamondback is awesome... and I don't typically like forks that are not air forks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FullyTorque View Post
    Tough luck. You live and learn.
    I bought a cheap Dept Store MTB for work a couple of years back. Used only to ride around the plant on paved roads at an easy pace... Lasted only a few months before crank stripped out. Replaced by an industrial grade SS bike now.
    Dept. Store Bikes = Disposable Bikes
    Yea, if you know how to peddle a bike a Walmart bike will fail you. I've learned my lesson. I was so pumped to get back out on the trails I would have taken anything. It's still rolling but not for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VBrakesAndBarEnds View Post
    If you don't mind Suntour forks, the motobecane is a good choice... The fork on that diamondback is awesome... and I don't typically like forks that are not air forks...
    http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-20...ef=pd_sim_sg_1
    ? What you think ?

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    My first suspension bike was $200 bucks....

    It wore out in 3 months then I bought a good bike....

    The Walmart bikes are for people who ride from their house to the seven-eleven with the kids three times a summer.


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    A lot better than your mongoose... I actually did try this bike out at Sports Authority and I hated the bike....

    I wouldn't recommend it, but it will be much better than your mongoose... The differnence between this bike and the Comp is huge... that extra 300 dollars is a good investment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VBrakesAndBarEnds View Post
    A lot better than your mongoose... I actually did try this bike out at Sports Authority and I hated the bike....

    I wouldn't recommend it, but it will be much better than your mongoose... The differnence between this bike and the Comp is huge... that extra 300 dollars is a good investment...
    Gotcha, wonder what the weight on the $700 DB is. Wad the one you tested heavy?

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    The Walgoose. this was one week ago. the Sram broke since this, chain has been dropped down one permanently now. I can't even explain the noise I'm hearing when I peddle, busted bearings maybe? I wear a helmet yet fear for my life. LOL. I'm going to keep riding it hard and jumping it till it crumbles I guess.
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    OP: Before I knew there was such things as real mountain bikes, I had a Walmart XR75 that I bought because I wanted to get into dirt riding.

    1 1/2 months into owning it, I was riding it down a paved bike path close to home and slid out on a wooden bridge...separated shoulder and the forks bent and two wheels tacoed. I could have just imagined had I come off a drop or something like that....man... ouch!

    Anyways, during my 5 weeks off the bike healing from the shoulder injury, I discovered mtbr.com and got some great education...went to the LBS and found a Hardrock Sport for $360 (2006 prices) and was hooked from there.

    Walmart bikes do have their place....for example: Introducing kids to bicycling...you don't want to plunk alot of money only to find out the kid doesn't like bicycling... that is where a WallieWorld bike makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    The Walgoose. this was one week ago. the Sram broke since this, chain has been dropped down one permanently now. I can't even explain the noise I'm hearing when I peddle, busted bearings maybe? I wear a helmet yet fear for my life. LOL. I'm going to keep riding it hard and jumping it till it crumbles I guess.
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    If you look at the big picture the $135 wasn't really money badly spent. You now know you like MTB biking and you know that the cheapest bike isn't strong enough for the riding that you do. My local shop charges $70 to demo a bike for one day. My lift resort costs $100 to rent a bike for a day. So in the big picture you spent $135 to "rent" a bike for a couple of months to see if you like the sport. If you look at it that way then it wasn't money wasted and you probably learned alot on working the wall mart bike.

    And the thing that broke that you refer to as SRAM is going to be your front shifter. SRAM is the brand name and they make many components (brakes, shifters, deraliers, pedals, wheels, etc). So people might get confused when you call it sram.

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    You're wasting your time even writing that letter...what did you expect from a $135 bike? There is no way any manufacturer can produce/provide quality workmanship on any bike at that price point. An Avid BB7 Brake setup cost twice that. Chalk it up to lesson learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    You're wasting your time even writing that letter...what did you expect from a $135 bike? There is no way any manufacturer can produce/provide quality workmanship on any bike at that price point. An Avid BB7 Brake setup cost twice that. Chalk it up to lesson learned.
    Agree 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878 View Post
    If you look at the big picture the $135 wasn't really money badly spent. You now know you like MTB biking and you know that the cheapest bike isn't strong enough for the riding that you do. My local shop charges $70 to demo a bike for one day. My lift resort costs $100 to rent a bike for a day. So in the big picture you spent $135 to "rent" a bike for a couple of months to see if you like the sport. If you look at it that way then it wasn't money wasted and you probably learned alot on working the wall mart bike.

    And the thing that broke that you refer to as SRAM is going to be your front shifter. SRAM is the brand name and they make many components (brakes, shifters, deraliers, pedals, wheels, etc). So people might get confused when you call it sram.

    Yea I got pretty good at fixing it on the fly. Pretty confident I will be able to take very good care of a higher quality item. It'll be some months before I get a better bike but I'll be sure to update some pictures of what I decided to go with. Some guy had a 17.5 specialized 26 FS bike with helmet and gear near me for $500 bucks. I almost crapped my self. I kinda like a smaller frame. I use to ride bmx and do allot of dirt jumping. I just love flying past trees. I could never go back to BMX after trail riding! I think I'll have lot's of options , especially if the economy continues to tank and people get desperate for cash.

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    As everyone said..."what do you expect for $135?".. What did your research tell you about buying a $135 bike prior to your acquisition? ....Ahh, probably didn't research much, did you?

    Try the $175 model, they really upgrade them at that price point....










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    what I really find sad is what has happend to the Mongoose name. When I was kid (mid 80s) Mongoose was the BMX bike to have. Then in 1998 when I got my first real mountain bike it was an entry level Mongoose. Mongoose DX 6.5 aluminum frame hardtail with basic Rock Shox fork. Shimanto STR rear and Acera X front. Nothing fancy, but rock solid and worthy of ever bit if trail I threw at it. It was a bit heavy, but nothing broke. By 2003 I moved up to a new bike with lighter frame /components., but I still have my old Mongoose. Somewhere along the way Mongoose sold out and started making cheap crap bikes.

    I makes me sad to see the Mongoose name assocaited with "cheap, crappy, & walmart".
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    they still have a decent line up of bikes that they dont sell through Wmart

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    After every trail ride I have to clean and lube the bike.
    Probably not, but is that their problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    I refused to believe people when they told me this bike would crumble.
    Next time listen to advice.

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    Sorry to hear about your investment. It's unfortunate, but true, that the Walmart type bikes just aren't going to hold up to any off-road use.

    I do have to admit I got a good laugh out of the following, though...

    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    I went back to walmart... Their mechanic offered to look over the bike.

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    Perhaps from now you'll quit refusing to listen to people advice when you are shopping for an item?



    If you are hard up for money then perhaps you should look into a hardtail. You've already stated the trails you ride arent very difficult so a full suspension may not be needed. And if you dont need it and are on a budget then getting rid of that rear shock reduces the price by ALOT. $450-ish will buy you a good entry level hardtail that wont fail you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2 View Post
    they still have a decent line up of bikes that they dont sell through Wmart

    Mongoose | Trail - MTB - Bikes
    But... if you ride "Mongoose" the first think anyone thinks about are the walmart bikes. Sad... BTW.. I know a bike is more than a name, but still...
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    Geez guys. He kinda stated in the opening that $135 was all the budget he had at the time and is just making due until he can afford better. Even decent used bikes are going to typically cost twice that. For many people $135 isn't disposable, unfortunately the bike he got is.

    I will agree that if you can live without the rear suspension you'll find much better and cheaper options. If you like riding fast through the trails with only small jumps or drops a hardtail will do fine.
    I got my Specialized Hardrock for less than $400 from a local dealer. I will say that I'm now looking to either upgrade some parts or a whole new bike but thats due to a desire for better components, nothings breaking or wearing out, it's been rock solid. If you don't have local bike dealers BikesDirect is a good way to go (granted that you can do a bit of work). My fiance and her dad both have bikes from there and they've been fantastic bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    Yea I got pretty good at fixing it on the fly. Pretty confident I will be able to take very good care of a higher quality item. It'll be some months before I get a better bike but I'll be sure to update some pictures of what I decided to go with. Some guy had a 17.5 specialized 26 FS bike with helmet and gear near me for $500 bucks. I almost crapped my self. I kinda like a smaller frame. I use to ride bmx and do allot of dirt jumping. I just love flying past trees. I could never go back to BMX after trail riding! I think I'll have lot's of options , especially if the economy continues to tank and people get desperate for cash.
    If you like BMX you should look into single speeds. They are cheaper, more reliable (less stuff to break/wear out), lighter, and less maintance costs than a geared bike. The downside is you don't have gears and no rear suspension unless you want to spend alot of money. Also selection isn't very big but you can convert any hardtail frame to single speed. I only ride single speeds now and can't see myself buying another geared bike. Just another option to look into, especially if money is a big concern and you coming from a BMX background. I think it would be worth looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSlow35th View Post
    Perhaps from now you'll quit refusing to listen to people advice when you are shopping for an item?



    If you are hard up for money then perhaps you should look into a hardtail. You've already stated the trails you ride arent very difficult so a full suspension may not be needed. And if you dont need it and are on a budget then getting rid of that rear shock reduces the price by ALOT. $450-ish will buy you a good entry level hardtail that wont fail you.
    Yea, I actually have been looking at a few hard tails on bikes direct. The Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane Fantom 29Trail

    And the Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 700HT

    I understand it is a no name. However from what I have learned the frames are actually decent weight and the components are pretty good. I like the 29 ers but I'm not much into enduro riding. Kinda like to go fast and hit jumps. I'll be getting a hard tail for sure unless Craig's list has something awesome in a FS bike. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Sorry to hear about your investment. It's unfortunate, but true, that the Walmart type bikes just aren't going to hold up to any off-road use.

    I do have to admit I got a good laugh out of the following, though...



    Yea, I kinda cocked my head at them as well. I made a terrible mistake. I've had an awesome time mountain biking though.
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    I misunderstood your letter as an experiment to see what kind of answer you get. Sorry to hear you meant to actually use that Mongoose as your wheels. Let us know if you get a response. I'm curious to know how they reply.

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    lol.. your thread makes me want to go to walmart and buy a bike, just to ride it into the ground out of curiosity. i feel like not knowing whats going to break next could bring some of the excitement that has been lost in my life

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878 View Post
    If you like BMX you should look into single speeds. They are cheaper, more reliable (less stuff to break/wear out), lighter, and less maintance costs than a geared bike. The downside is you don't have gears and no rear suspension unless you want to spend alot of money. Also selection isn't very big but you can convert any hardtail frame to single speed. I only ride single speeds now and can't see myself buying another geared bike. Just another option to look into, especially if money is a big concern and you coming from a BMX background. I think it would be worth looking at.
    Been looking at that. Then I thought to my self. Single speed would be awesome for a short session or street. I would feel a bit limited off deep into a trail though.

    Also where I live in Florida there is a place called Tom Brown park. They have a jump track there and a flow track as well. I've been sticking to Munson trail near my home in Tallahassee because I'm almost certain Tom Brown will destroy my Walgoose. Single speed would be great for Munson!
    You guy's are all pretty cool. I didn't get slammed as hard as I thought I would. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    You guy's are all pretty cool. I didn't get slammed as hard as I thought I would. LOL
    You're not the first (and I'm sure not the last) person to try and squeeze some trail time out of a Walmart bike. It's just sad that WM continues to sell bikes that "look" trail-worthy when they're not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    lol.. your thread makes me want to go to walmart and buy a bike, just to ride it into the ground out of curiosity. i feel like not knowing whats going to break next could bring some of the excitement that has been lost in my life

    Hahaha, yea my friends laugh at me. My camel pack has a med kit, small sprocket set, wrench, screw driver. I get serious fear banking a berm on this thing. I pulled up on a raised mound that was about 3 feet , did a little table top. When I landed my front shock bottomed out and I nearly hit a pine tree!

    My cable snapped a few days ago on the trail. glad I had my tools. The bike has made me prepared if not anything. There seems to be allot of experienced riders on here. Some people could finish this bike day one - easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexplantman View Post
    As everyone said..."what do you expect for $135?".. What did your research tell you about buying a $135 bike prior to your acquisition? ....Ahh, probably didn't research much, did you?

    Try the $175 model, they really upgrade them at that price point....

    Yea I went online and read some reviews from people who purchased. Read a few Mountain bike reviews etc. All said it was decent some people hated it. I assumed it was because they didn't know how to fix it.

    I will never ever again, never spend money on a Walmart bike ever. Not $175 not $500. Lesson learned.










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    Yea I went online and read some reviews from people who purchased. Read a few Mountain bike reviews etc. All said it was decent some people hated it. I assumed it was because they didn't know how to fix it.

    I will never ever again, never spend money on a Walmart bike ever. Not $175 not $500. Lesson learned.

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    Sorry about your bad experiences, but unfortunately you get what you pay for. No matter what the manufacturer states on there "sales pitch" for the bike. Good luck, and if you decide to get a new bike definitely get the most you can reasonably afford.

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    these bikes are dangerous, at best. i'm surprised there haven't been any huge class action lawsuits. i notice that some models do say not for offroad use, when their name is specifically "offroad pro 2600" or whatever, which is insane. the ones that don't say not for offroad use are just as terrible. i don't understand who decides to put those stickers on.

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    it is unfortunate what happened to your bike. I also have a Mongoose XR75, the 2006 model, and I have not had all that many problems with mine. Granted, I am amost twice the rated weight for the bike, bought it use for cheap off craigslist and amost had to imediatly replace the front crank. Now before I bought the bike, I knew exactly what I was buying and that buying it used like that, I knew I would have to replace things on it sooner than if I bought new, but like you it wasnt in the budget. That said, yes, I think that a bike should last longer than 2-3 months of use. I have had mine now going on 3 years and this year I have gotten into trail riding with my kids, my mongoose is holding up well for what I am putting it through.

    It sounds like you got a bad taste in your mouth becasue you got a lemon. Granted, the walmart bikes will tend to be mostly lemons, but I think you have an equal chance to get a half way decent one too out of the mix. I wish you the best of luck with yours. and remember, if you buy cheap or used, expect there to be problems, issues, or repairs sooner than you would expect.

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    oh its not a lemon. its a pos. it may taste sour, but its still a pos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    You guy's are all pretty cool. I didn't get slammed as hard as I thought I would. LOL
    I understand your pain. I just got my friend into mountain biking and all he had was a old mongoose that someone gave him for free. It was all he had so I took him out every week. And everyweek I had to do maintaince on it (exactly like you are doing). He rode it for 6 months and ended up buying a used elsworth isis for $450 and is super happy now. But in the 6 months suprinsgly only broke a few parts that needed to be replaced. He broke both pedals (plastic), seatpost clamp, and seat. Had to retrue the wheels every other ride, could never get the shifting to work right so he only used like 4 gears in the back, haha. The stem wouldn't stay tight and would work its way out every ride (threaded stem), but never feel out while riding. Forks were seized (i thought they were fake until one day I saw them move 1/4" while tying the bike down, I soaked them in liquid wrench for a week and got them to move a whole 1" at the end. Not sure if that was full travel but that was the best I could get them to work. I think they were just rusted together)

    I think people here are understanding as long as your not trolling them. Everyone's gotta start somewhere and I don't think you can find any bikes cheaper than $135 new. Its just too cheap a price point for MTB. Just about everypart on my bike costs more than $135 so for that much you aren't going to get a quality product. I am kinda baffeled at how they can make and sell a bike for $135 and still make a profit. If I were you I would not put any more money into this bike and just ride it while saving for a quality used bike. Just take this time to narrow down what you like and don't like about the bike so you have a more informed descistion next time when you buy a bike. And let us know the reply from mongoose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    oh its not a lemon. its a pos. it may taste sour, but its still a pos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878 View Post
    I understand your pain. I just got my friend into mountain biking and all he had was a old mongoose that someone gave him for free. It was all he had so I took him out every week. And everyweek I had to do maintaince on it (exactly like you are doing). He rode it for 6 months and ended up buying a used elsworth isis for $450 and is super happy now. But in the 6 months suprinsgly only broke a few parts that needed to be replaced. He broke both pedals (plastic), seatpost clamp, and seat. Had to retrue the wheels every other ride, could never get the shifting to work right so he only used like 4 gears in the back, haha. The stem wouldn't stay tight and would work its way out every ride (threaded stem), but never feel out while riding. Forks were seized (i thought they were fake until one day I saw them move 1/4" while tying the bike down, I soaked them in liquid wrench for a week and got them to move a whole 1" at the end. Not sure if that was full travel but that was the best I could get them to work. I think they were just rusted together)

    I think people here are understanding as long as your not trolling them. Everyone's gotta start somewhere and I don't think you can find any bikes cheaper than $135 new. Its just too cheap a price point for MTB. Just about everypart on my bike costs more than $135 so for that much you aren't going to get a quality product. I am kinda baffeled at how they can make and sell a bike for $135 and still make a profit. If I were you I would not put any more money into this bike and just ride it while saving for a quality used bike. Just take this time to narrow down what you like and don't like about the bike so you have a more informed descistion next time when you buy a bike. And let us know the reply from mongoose.
    Good advice. I've had fun on it. It's a bit sketchy , but still fun. I don't plan on putting any money into it at all. I know some bike stores give away used grips sometimes. I might go by one and check that out. My back tire is almost nothing but that is only $18 and it will keep me riding. Thanks!

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    Ive got a buddy who had never ridden before, he paid about 700 for a new bike, helmet and padded shorts last year. He rode it once, got sore and hasnt ridden again. Ive offered to train him, bribe him, etc to get out and start slow and easy and try some trails. Nope.

    Your in this sport cheap. If you gave up and never rode that bike again it would have been a cheap learning experience unlike my buddy. Unfortunately you want to keep riding and need a bike.

    Throw an add on craigslist, or ask around. I guarentee someone has a bike in a garage or shed collecting dust they will give away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerItOutNoob View Post
    Rated as #4 in the "Best Mountain Bikes for under $1000" by Bike Radar beating out models from Specialized, GT, Cannondale, Jamis, Redline and Giant.

    Best Mountain Bikes Under $1,000 - Updated For 2012 - BikeRadar

    Great bike for the price.
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    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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    I too am a former dept store bike junkie...I went thru a few of them..my first one..(which is still rideable believe it or not) was a mongoose pro zero-g..the bad thing was..it was too small..I didnt know sizes at the time..but it rode as well as could be expected...it was one of the few that actually held up...the next bike I got was a diamondback coil ex..was a good bike til I broke the rear swingarm...why they made it with the holes in it I will never know..but it broke just the same...and then the last POS bike I got was a mongoose blackcomb..It didnt break it because it weighed as much as a tank does...heavy..crappy...just a big turd that I pushed up hills because it was too heavy..that was what did it for me..then I got better..higher quality bikes from then on and Im glad too...it seemed like every ride something went wrong with those bikes..I do not know the purpose of those bikes other than something disposable or potentially dangerous to thin the herd.
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    lol, this is a funny thread, OP, spending 135 bucks on a bike, your lucky to be alive mate, just count it as a lesson learned, there are a few things in life you cant cheap out on and a 135 buck bike is one of them.
    you might get away with buying 3 tires or a cheap pair of pedals for that but not a whole bike, dont worry about the loss, the cash is nothin, just get every cent you can n put it into a nice second hand bike n dont spend under 700 bucks on it, for that you should get something that you will enjoy n you will be able to do a few things with confidence on, cheers

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    right on

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