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Mongoose Cipressa vs Schwinn Fastback(12 posts)

Mongoose Cipressa vs Schwinn FastbackCDH
Apr 25, 2002 1:00 PM
I'm considering purchasing one of these bikes and would appreciate any feedback. The Cipressa is the 2002 model.
Go with the MongooseJS
Apr 25, 2002 1:06 PM
Nice frame and the company still actually excists, unlike Schwinn.
Go with Fastback, Mongoose doesn't exist anymore...Wannabe
Apr 25, 2002 1:47 PM
Tsk, tsk, JS, Schwinn and Mongoose are BOTH owned by Pacific Cycles. If Schwinn doesn't exist anymore, either does Mongoose:

On a pertinent point, can't speak about the mongoose, but the I love my fastback and Supergo has a great, make that incredible deal on the Limited right now.

a little differencecyclopathic
Apr 25, 2002 2:15 PM
you can still get warranty on Mongoose. (Brunswick sold Mongoose)
Schwinn warranties were void when they filed bankruptcy.
Ya, Schwinn still exists.....JS
Apr 25, 2002 3:39 PM
Here's their top O the line 2002 road bike that they'll "maybe" warranty you with if something goes wrong with your frame.
Ya, Schwinn still exists.....Wannabe
Apr 25, 2002 6:36 PM
Uh, yeah, I'll grant you that ain't the bike the limited was (and the frame is still available from Supergo for $349!!). But to say Schwinn is gone, well, that isn't quite right either... The question was interesting as his two choices both have the same parent company: Pacific. What happens to Schwinn in all forms, well, we'll see. We know that in a year or two they'll be in the big box retailers, but will they retain any high-end stuff? Who knows. I know image is important to most here...

Man, that's painfulJekyll
Apr 25, 2002 6:56 PM
From talking to my rather nosey local Schwinn dealer Pacific will do things as follows: Schwinn to the Marts and GT still, kind of maybe a higher end LBS line.
Only time will tell but that abortion they are calling their road bike just about kills all of my fond memories of Schwinns growing up....
Apr 25, 2002 7:20 PM
A better thing to do would be to save up your money and get a Giant TCR 1 or a Trek.
re: Mongoose Cipressa vs Schwinn FastbackTonyR
Apr 25, 2002 9:06 PM
Can't say that I know anything about the Cipressa, but the Fastback is a very nice bike if you like the compact geometry. The top of the line, the Limited, was made in the same shop in Portland, Or. as the top line Specialized Festina bikes. The rest were built in asia, and are nearly as nice.
In terms of warranty, with the bunch of low-lifes that run Pacific, I expect that you'd be out of luck if something happened that required warranty service, even though they claim that they will honor Schwinn/GT warranties. It's a calculated risk. I have a GT ZR-1.0 that I got on the close out from Supergo, and love it.
Regarding Pacific, it's my hope that this house of cards they are building collapses on them. Talk to LBS owners about how poorly they treat dealers, and you'll know why I feel this way. They plan on putting $0.00 into R+D, and want (demand actually) that dealers do what they describe as product development. I'd rather see both these great brands pass away than be destroyed by Pacific. They are an anathema to anyone who loves bikes and cycling.

For aluminum le Champion beats either of thesecentury2
Apr 26, 2002 2:58 AM
you can buy a Motobecane le Champion on line for $1100 and it is a nicer bike than either the Schwiin or Mongoose ~ and it has the added feature of not being from Pacific Cycle who supplies WalMart
AL? Weren't the Mongoose frames Ti? (nm)djg
Apr 26, 2002 8:11 AM
Not allJekyll
Apr 26, 2002 9:04 AM
The one in question is AL. I think that TST still makes the Mongoose Ti frames. I would visit their website if I wanted one. Two benefits, no Mongoose decals and about half the Mongoose price on the same frame.