I am retired , male 64 , a Fitness nut . I bought this bike for my grand daughter and me to share . She likes the color and I like the features . It is extremely hard to find a disc brake on a model this low in Price . We have 4 bikes at my home now and this is the best one . Brakes work great , actually I see only a tiny bit of difference vs linear brakes , but nice to say I have disc brakes on one of my bikes . Naturally these bikes are made in China , so your getting unbelievable amount of bike for the money . It is well made for sure for the price . Now be prepared to spend time adjusting the rail systems or get a tiny bit of help . Women do great at these things , it is simply reading and following instructions . It will work OK to ride down the street , but you expect to make lots of adjustments and fine tune it to make the gear rail switching perfect. Brand New does not mean Perfect . But if you desire to spend the money , a Bike shop will make it perform Perfectly for you. Try it yourself to get the experience. You can do it . This is not a small bike , a big girl can use it easily . The shocks are fantastic . The seat is horrible , A Gel seat for only $18.00 is a must for this bike , unless your rear end is made of steel.. Be prepared to really Kick your leg up a bit to thrust it over the frame . As for driving position for me it is Perfect , I am only 5 ' 7 " . Weight is good , but this is not an ultra light bike . Not heavy either . The bike is built to take punishment . I ride about 10 miles every single day unless it rains , so I know a tiny bit about bikes . Been riding bikes for 56 yrs . This is a good bike . Nobby tires are not the best for street , but good for General purpose recreation. It is one of the most pretty bikes out there for the money . Everything was greased and oiled up ready to go . Assembly was easy , you must put air in the tires . Have basic wrenches , inlcuding Metric Allen wrenches . Great instructions included , even for railer system . Or you can use YouTube to learn , it is so easy . Naturally I am a guy and been a Technician all my life so for me this was childs play . For you ladies ask a male friend whom is experienced . Most things are extremely easy to see , rail systems take a little practice . It takes bumps really well , coming up back into the drive way which is on a small hill is easy with the shocks . unless you live in a tremendous variance of Terrain , just keep the main Crank on number two gear and switch the back one , that way you kind of have good control till you get used to this bike . Normally people use all gears if they are really great bike riders and in top shape . An average person will never use all gears . you will need the lower gears going up hills . The bike is not made for Racing , it is made for Fun and exercise . Old men like me love to enjoy the scenry , trees , nature , and fresh air on a good bike , I live in The Woodlands Tx. For the money you simply can not go wrong . Mongoose makes good bikes , as good as any other company . Everyone will admire the looks of this bike , you will love the smooth Ride , it looks much more expensive than what you paid for . I love this bike so much , I may buy a second one just like it , so me and my Grand daughter can ride together, they grow up so fast . She loves the bike especially with her friends , she is 12 and allready an athelete, winning all kinds of awards. She competes with the boys . Bikes of today are built better than ever before and cost less .
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