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Offline carmaneric

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Looking at a Mongoose.
« on: May 31, 2010, 11:22:09 AM »
OK so I have only been on the trails once and loved it. Can't afford $1000 for a bike so I am looking at a Mongoose from Walmart.com. for $389. The reviews were almost all good with very high ratings.
26" Men's Mongoose XR-Comp Dual-Suspension Bike.

  http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Men-s-Mongoose-XR-Comp-Dual-Suspension-Bike/10927850

They were saying names like Shimano, Suntour, and SRAM, which I don't know if it is good or bad. Advise please!!

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 12:31:15 PM »
Can`t tell what to do but for 400.00 you can get a better quality entry level brand name bike from a bike shop where they will also handle warranty issues for you as WM will not,Just a note WM bikes have been known to have frame breaks

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 01:08:09 PM »
What he ^^^^ said ++

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2010, 02:48:15 PM »
What they said^^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2010, 03:05:51 PM »
$400 will get you into a Specialized Hardrock, Giant Boulder, another $100 will get you into a Specialized Hardrock Sport disk.

Dont waste your money on a mongoose, you'll hate it. Additionally a good local bike shop will fit you properly and get you on the right sized frame instead of a "one size fits all" like you'll get at a walmart/kmart/target.

I personally like AJ's Bikes and Boards in Brandon, they even have 12mos same as cash for first purchases.

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2010, 03:59:59 PM »
What they said... ^^^^^^^ Go to a Bike shop and get something that will last a lot longer... Plus you will get a free professional bike fitting to make sure you are getting the right size for you... AJ's is the Bomb... 

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 05:56:46 PM »
here is a sweet bike to start with that has it all... maybe you can get him down a little more


http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/1768387581.html

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 06:45:56 PM »
I sent him an e-mail already to see if he likes kayaks ;)

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2010, 08:19:12 PM »
I've only met one person who bought a Walmat Mongoose and didn't regret it. Ends up his held together pretty well,even on Moonscape and Gatorback. My problem with what he did was he could have gotten a decent used hardtail for $200 and it would have bike shop quality parts on it that could be replaced/upgraded. The Walmarter bike is pretty much a throw away.
 
For those who need something really fast and don't want to monkey with TLC of a used bike shop quality rig than I guess Walmart is your quick fix.
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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2010, 09:15:41 PM »
Hi

All these folks aare telling you right....dont buy the mongoose....that 700 specialized is awsum dude....look forward to seeing you out there....save a few more bucks and go a good bike shop....you wont regret it.....
Joe Messina
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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2010, 10:27:20 PM »
Wow pretty quickly getting talked out of the mongoose. Thats why these forums are so cool you can actually get ideas from real people. I guess my next trip is gonna be to a bike shop. I am scared though. I am such an easy sale! Gotta find a bike shop with some sales people that know what they are talkin about. lookin forward to goin to Boyette again though. Wanna be on a good bike soon!

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 07:43:56 AM »
Wow pretty quickly getting talked out of the mongoose. Thats why these forums are so cool you can actually get ideas from real people. I guess my next trip is gonna be to a bike shop. I am scared though. I am such an easy sale! Gotta find a bike shop with some sales people that know what they are talkin about. lookin forward to goin to Boyette again though. Wanna be on a good bike soon!

Visit three or four different bike shops and explain your budget and what you want.  Be prepared to go a little beyond your budget by $100 or so. 

Also factor in HELMET, gloves, shoes and pedals (eventually), hydration, multi tool w/chain break tool, spare tube, patch kit, Quick Link. These things will ensure you keep rolling while miles away from the parking lot. 

You don't have to get them all at the same time, but bike and helmet are mandatory as you need to ride and live to tell about it.

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 10:35:25 PM »
I sent an email and got ahold of Heather at aj's. Plan on goin up there soon. What other bike shops are around Brandon area?

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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2010, 07:27:31 AM »
I sent an email and got ahold of Heather at aj's. Plan on goin up there soon. What other bike shops are around Brandon area?


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Re: Looking at a Mongoose.
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2010, 11:10:04 AM »
Carmeneric,


Good example of Why to buy a New Bike from a Bike Shop like AJ's...




I bought my 2009 Giant Trance X3 on close-out new from AJ's Bikes in Valrico in early November 2009 for a super sweet price. just took it in today because after almost 1000 miles on it my rear hub has some problems and may be broken.. It is covered under factory warranty and I am getting a tune up all free of charge... Wal-mart cannot compare to that.....


that is my personal story.

 

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