OK - here's the scoop. I'm 56 years old and somewhat out of shape - I am 5' 8" tall and weigh 165. I want to get back to about 153. I was looking for a decent bike to get out of the house and exercise. I bought the Mongoose Deception 29er at Wal-Mart on 1/19/11 for $199.00 plus tax, license, and title. There is one more Mongoose Deception in stock at my Wal-Mart store in Boutte, Louisiana. I put my hand on it this evening. I love this bike. I was not a bike rider before. I live in Southeast Louisiana, so mountains are non-existent. This bike is great. By my estimation, I stole this bike. It has a great aluminum alloy frame - HUGE FRAME - Modus hubs, Cross 29 rims w/36 spokes, and Innova tires. It has Primaxx front and rear disc brakes. It is a 21 speed bike. This bike was made in China - it boasts a Pacific Cycle sticker close to the BB. It is a solid frame of aluminum alloy. It comes with a load of decals that are not very well applied - take a hair dryer and peel them off - then wipe it down with lighter fluid to remove the goo. Mine is matte very dark green - looks great. Front fork is an Element spring-type assembly (can't be adjusted) - not great (from what I read on forums) for real mountain trails - but just fine for street riding around my FLAT neighborhood. All things considered, for what I wanted (and got), this is a nice bike. It rides great around the neighborhood and even on the few off pavement excursions I have taken. I know the MTB purists watch these Wal-Mart reviews, and they might chuckle about this particular review on their forums, but this bike is a great starter bike. It also lends itself well to upgrade, because the frame is solid and light and well constructed. I Goggled a bit about tuning, and I've been able to correct a couple things, but the front wheel needs to be trued, so I might find a local shop to do it. To the MTBR forum gurus - well, it is what it is. I'm not planning on a trail ride any time soon, so my Deception will serve my purposes just fine - ride the streets and woods and get back in shape.
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