Mongoose Fireball XC Hardtail

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[Mar 07, 2012]
lew242
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame, chain guide, price

Weakness:

Brakes, one retailer wrongly calls this a child's bike!?

I have this bike in the UK, where I only spend between one and two months a year. Needed a do-it-all.

Love the frame, and chain guide and tires on the street and hard-pack.
Like the X4 derailleur and shifter, bar, stem, wheels, grips and fork on jumps.
Dislike the seat, post and the fork on the trails.
Hate the brakes.

Great bike I give it three chillis, the folks at Mongoose are pretty bright, they spent the money where it counted. Luckily the frame is so good this bike can be upgraded into a 5 chilli very easily.

Buy this bike if you are getting into mountain bikes or are experienced and need an extra bike, winter or extra HT for some reason and have no intention of doing XC type racing. If you want to get into FR/DH/AM/ or DJ this might be your bike.

Critical:
1. get rid of the brakes or at least the pads, I made them fade on a steep hill so baldy that they stopped giving me an braking at all, downright dangerous, but otherwise slightly inferior to Avid BB5. Replace with Shimano Hyro M596 upwards or BB7s.
2. Seat is junk, and rails aren't strong and bend, throw.
3. Get some proper grips, ODI Rogue maybe.
4. Get some proper pedals like Superstar Nanotec or Nukeproof Neutron.
5. Post is only for DJ, get a longer one with a QR clamp for other riding styles..
Maybe:
5. Use Maxxis Minions or High Roller if you want to FR/AM ride the bike.
6. Maybe get a Marzocchi DJ and a new set of lighter wheels with a 20mm front axle.

Similar Products Used:

GT Chucker. Loads of AM/FR and XC machines.

[Jun 24, 2011]
StonedEagle99
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Vert strong and durable frame. I have had a few hard landings and it has come out fine. Havent had any trouble with the forks.

Weakness:

None

This bike is a perfect beginner - intermediate bike. Good value for money as well as a quality bike

Similar Products Used:

Giant brass

[Jan 03, 2011]
Jack
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice frame strong and sturdy no problems yet and hopefully none in the future

Very practical bike well worth the £400 paid for it

Similar Products Used:

None

[Dec 03, 2010]
a guy wit a 2011fireball
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

stirdy, reliable, light and manouvreable, really strong frame (omg) and trustworthy parts. most of the stuff is easy to get replicas or better for cheaper for the mong anyways. no probs. at home on the jumps.

Weakness:

none so far. and with my past 4 bikes ive had a tendancy to break something in the first 3 rides

an awesome bike, no probs with anything yet, great for beginners, not even bad for u people who consider urself pros.
excellent value/money

[Dec 15, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

the frame is nice and strong i use it for downhill and sometimes jumping really good bike

Weakness:

cranks after a year needed a new bottom bracket plus forks but there not to bad

this is a really good bike a few problems but overall very happy

Similar Products Used:

none

[Nov 29, 2009]
fireball 09
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I love this bike ,after th reviews i had seen many people said the brakes were not very good but i dis agree and think they are good.also i think the bike is great for cross country riding.the frame is also very strong

Weakness:

may need a set of new cranks if the bike is used for jumping also i bought a new seat because the standerd is uncomfortable.

Overall a realy good bike and fun also worth 400 pound.PLEASE BUY ONE!

Similar Products Used:

gt chucker

[Aug 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great for dirt jumping, good for the money, not a single rattle when you jump, good strong design!!!!

Weakness:

The only weakness i could pick out was that it`s breaks aren`t the greatest but can easily be replaced if pads wear down.

The bottom line is that i can highly reccommend this bike for the main uses of dirt jumping and a little downhill but remeber the forks aren`t design for downhill so take it easy on the fast downhill straights, GET THIS BIKEEEEE!!!!!

[Sep 21, 2008]
ben
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I like the shocks on downhill bikes

Weakness:

bmx

well the downhilling is the best

Similar Products Used:

mongoose fireball

[Jun 27, 2008]
kev-roberts-nw115
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

all round good, im not gna blab on

Weakness:

the rear drupout it angers me, one lasted four months then bent aling withe the readr derralieur

the second 1 lasted 1 day !!!

they are weak as hell, also the oringinal derrallieur is crap

all round good bike to start on

although as mentioned abouve the rear derralieur hanger is weak as hell.

thats all that needs to be said

Similar Products Used:

saracen jump bike ??

not sure wat it was tho

[Jun 01, 2008]
jarly damor
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

good jumping

Weakness:

nothing

best bike ever good forks not that good breaks but still good best frame

Similar Products Used:

kona stuff

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