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Getting into mountain biking - picking up a mongoose tomorrow:)

Discussion in 'Sports & Outdoor Adventure' started by jami w., Jun 14, 2017.

  1. jami w.

    jami w. just being me thats all

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    Screenshot_20170614-222412.png Anyone here into it? Hoping so, for i have a few questions. Im a newbie to full suspension bikes. All ive ridden were bmx
    Bikes.

    The rear shock doesnt go sideways like all the others ive seen, the rear shock on mine? Is mounted straight up an down, (like on a car or truck)
    Im just curious on which is better for riding on the trails an street, an bike trails
    That are paved.

    Could someone explain pros an cons, on the different rear suspension setups,

    The bike im picking up is a 24" yes im short :) but at 40.00 out of pocket. Worth it to me. Out there riding, burning calories an loosing more weight !! A good thing in my eyes

    Just a google image of the rear suspension, for reference (click on the pic)
     
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  2. HiFi in WYO

    HiFi in WYO The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest. Subscriber

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    Hi jami! Congrats on getting a bike! Not sure what you want to do with it, but don't expect to do much. This is essentially one of those dreaded Wal-Mart bikes. It should be fine on the streets, gravel, paved trails - that sort of thing. But I wouldn't go jumping off cliffs or expecting it to do stunts your bmxes could do. The drivetrain - you will find - will suffer from ghost shifting, bad bearings and the wheels are likely not to be silky smooth over the long haul.

    I don't see any rear lock-out and though adjustable, it's not going to soak up the bumps as a better rear suspension will. Also, that front fork is likely just spring-loaded. Again, it works, but it will wear quickly, depending on how you abuse it. There's also likely no adjustment on its stiffness, so what you get it what you get.

    I'm a hard tail rider and that's all I ever have owned. Having said that, I have ridden some full suspensions and at least for me climbing hills is a pain. If you can't lock out the rear, the bike tends to undulate as you're pushing uphill, especially if you are standing up on it. I've never liked that feeling, it's an less-controlled feeling. My preference for hard tails is that I can move the rear end around while bouncing over rocks. I can shift the front and rear of the bike better than I feel I can with a soft tail.

    The smaller tires will also mean you're going slower and will have to work harder to maintain speed. A small-frame 26" bike would give you an easier go of it.

    Having said all of this - if you have it, enjoy it. Just don't expect to do too much "mountain biking" with it. This is a bike aimed at kids, not adults looking to have adult fun with it. Know that and you should be good.
     
  3. jami w.

    jami w. just being me thats all

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    Thanks i tried a 26" bike but its really to tall for me, yes i know its a wallyworld bike. There is a nut an bolt on the rear shock tower, price was right. As long as it soaks up some road/trail bumps im happy.

    Im not a stunt rider, ill pass at that. Thanks
     
  4. onepixel

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    Very cool. As long as you're getting out and enjoying yourself.
     
  5. Wildcat

    Wildcat ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Subscriber

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    Not cheap, but this is something I'd get if I were into mountain biking. It comes on selected Specialized Epic models. (I met someone out on the local rail trails who was riding a bike equipped with one.)

    https://www.ridefox.com/fox_tech_center/owners_manuals/07/eng/oe_custom_products/brain_remote.htm

    The BRAIN is nice because the shock activates only from undulations on the trail, not from rider input.
     
  6. mkane

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    Just get out and ride. Great low impact exercise, until you hit the ground.
     

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