I knew this wouldnt be a high end bike, that isnt what it was meant to be, it did however survive much more rigorous tests than the last bike i bought at mor ethan twice the price of this one, i lost the disk brakes on the last one in the first 5 hours, this bike had a much more stressful first test, about 60 miles, some tar roads, some dirt bike paths, and even a few hours of heavy biking on mountain bike specific trails and difficult singletrack, the only problems i have had are with the haldbar assemblies, the screw clamps on them werent able to grip when i stood up, since up hills the force of pedaling pulls the bike to each side and handlebars are used to balance so that doesnt have effect. They repeatedly came loose until i tightened them as hard as i could and that worked until the clamps that made it so the handlebars stayed perpendicular to the wheel came loose and I am not sure whether to see if it is an easy fix or if i will have to replace the bar mount or send it back to get fixed by walmart, and i would honestly rather fix it myself so i dont have to go weeks without a bike.
However, this was much more stressful than most people would use this for, it is just as good quality as my last bike which lasted 5 years mostly on dirt road and simple bike path use. i did use it on single track and more difficult trails in the last year but at that point it was already 4 years of wear and tear. that was also a mongoose of similar design.
The seat on this bike is simply aweful, at least on long rides, it is 3/4 to 1 inch too narrow and has very little padding at all, as my friend said when he tested it out, "its liek sitting on a brick" but anyway i swapped it with the seat from my old bike which is a more comfortable mongoose seat.
The shimano derailers and parts are good quality for a bike in this price range, and the frame and shock/suspencion system on this bike are very nice ompared to others this cheap. You dont find bikes at 140$ with metal pedals (very nice) and shocks that are good enough to not move much when i sit on the bike (170lbs) and still do a great job cushioning rocks and pot holes. The brakes are also very good for the basic liniar pull brakes they are, and if they wear out, they are very cheap to replace, unlike disk brakes that cost 300-500$ new.
The frame on the bike is a smaller frame, probably too small for what i needed, as i am about 6'4" and probably would be more comfortable with a 29er or at least a frame with a taller seat post support/mount. the post on the seat is long enough so that i can tolerate it with my long legs.
The bike looks great, the cobalt blue and nickel silver are a great combination, and the bike looks very sleek and clean.
"you get what you pay for" i think in this case you get a little bit more, not much, but enough so i am very happy with it even with the negatives that came with it, and i tested it mor ethan most people will need it. give it love and you will get love back.
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