|Mongoose titanium frames||manuel rodriguez|
Apr 6, 2001 9:56 PM
|There are quite a few places around the internet and in magazines selling the Mongoose road frames very cheap. How good are these frames? Anybody out there has one of these? My main concern is stiffness. I like the fact that the frame should be pretty smooth riding but am worried that it won't be stiff. I had a Trek OCLV that rode great but it broke so when i got the warranty replacement, i sold it and now i have an aluminum frame that is harsher riding than the OCLV but is very stiff. The titanium Mongoose sounds interesting, Is it a good buy? Thanks for your responses.|
|re: Mongoose titanium frames||bike_junkie|
Apr 7, 2001 9:00 AM
|I've seen them up close in person at Supergo. Very nice frames and amazing deals. I think a 105-equipped bike for $1400, and Ultegra for $1600 sounds right. The frames look like the frames that Titanium Sports Technologies did for companies like DEAN for years. I heard that TST no longer builds Mongoose, but they have opened a plant in Mexico to keep production costs low. I don't know how this may have altered the quality of the final product.
Yes, I think they are a good buy if you are not too name brand concious and really want Ti on a budget. If you can spend more, look at the lower-end Litespeeds, or www.deanusa.com. And consider steel, which really rides sweet and costs less than Ti of comparable build quality.
|I own one||MikeC|
Apr 7, 2001 10:15 AM
|I own a 2000 Mongoose ti frame. It's supposedly the RX10.5, which was their bottom-of-the-line ti frame, but it has the polished finish, which was supposedly limited to the upper end frames, so who knows?
I have about 5,000 miles on the frame, and it's the best match for my body, riding style, and type of riding that I've ever owned. I'm 5' 10" but only about 155lb and no Cipolini-type sprinter, so I don't really challenge it for flex, but I haven't had any problems on the hills.
The welds are good, and I've noticed no quality control issues. By the way, mine has a "made in the USA" sticker on the chainstay.
The geometry is a nice road race average: not on-the-edge steep, but not too laid-back, either.
I stripped off ALL the Mongoose decals (really tacky!) and that hideous plastic badge on the head tube peeled right off, too. Now the bike looks very expensive in an understated polished titanium way.
I've ridden the Lightspeed Ultimate, the Arenberg, and a Merlin, and find the Mongoose holds up very well to the competition. I can't say if a bigger rider would feel diferently.
I have the bike built up with the Record 10sp group, Campy pedals and Moskva rims, Vittoria Open Corsa clinchers, American Classic seatpost, Koobi saddle, 3TTT bar and stem, and a Profile carbon fork. Everything together weighs just about 18lb.
I own two other bikes (Bianch Megapro and Schwinn Paramount), but find I ride the Mongoose about 80% of the time.
Hope this helps.
|re: Mongoose titanium frames||Tim S|
Apr 8, 2001 5:10 PM
|I own a 10.9 which has been fabulous. (I made mine lighter by removing the decals and headbadge as well! ;-) )The "Douglas" being hyped by Colorado appears to be the same frame.|
|re: Mongoose titanium frames||Gary M|
Apr 9, 2001 12:21 PM
|TST lists the Mongoose Pro as one of their frames. They do make the Douglas frame for Colorado Cyclist. I recently purchased a Douglas and the frame is really nice- clean welds and an excellent ride. The Mongoose looks like a good deal.|
|I own one also||buck|
Apr 9, 2001 4:10 PM
|love it, love it, love it. Please forget the marketing hype bs that surrounds so much of the bike industry. I am a 190 pound hammer who could afford to write a check for any Litespeed at the LBS (at least for the time being) and I have no desire to do so.|| |