Does The Affordability Of The Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension Bicycle Ultimately Let It Down?
29ers are an interesting approach for mountain bikers looking for something different and the Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension Bicycle is an interesting looking bike with its large tyres, alloy wheels and compact silver-coloured aluminium frame.
With a standard specification and nothing too fancy, it is easy to see why Mongoose call this the “ultimate 29er at an affordable price”. Is it too basic to be worthwhile or a great bargain?
What benefits have riders enjoyed when testing out this Mongoose Impasse 29er Bicycle?
Starting with the positive points for this bike, it is bought as a 29er mountain bike for handling that sort of terrain and there are buyers that say that it does so pretty well. This is largely due to the chunky 29er tyres that make this Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension 29 Inch Bicycle stand out so much in the first place.
The performance is not perfect by any means but the suspension and shock absorption from the Element Suspension Fork does the job well enough to handle the bumps, it handles pretty nicely, the braking is adequate – although not particularly quick – and many buyers seem to get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
There are quite a few consumers that have said that they are surprised at what they get for the low price they have paid. There is, however, a cheap feel to this bike that makes some users question the ease of assembly and has led to some negative reviews.
What problems have buyers experienced when riding this Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension Bike?
It will not have escaped the attention of curious consumers that this product only has an average rating online and the reviews range greatly from 5 star to 1 star, showing that this really is a love it or hate model. For riders in the latter camp, this disappointment is largely due to the specification and the quality of the components that have been included.
There is a 21 speed Shimano rear derailleur that is well-received and gives hope for the rest of the bike but there are many elements that buyers have swapped and upgraded further down the line. There are also a few negative comments about the bike’s weight; it is not heavy, not with the materials that have been used, but some buyers prefer their mountain bikes to be a little lighter.
Summary: how does this middling consumer rating affect a final recommendation for this Mongoose Dual Full Suspension 29er Bicycle?
There are two ways of looking at this bike and both viewpoints can basically be summed up with the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’. On the one hand, you have those that see the positives to the basic nature of the bike and see it as a starting point for improvements, with some likening it to blank canvas to create their own customised bike upon.
On the other you have those that purely see what its missing and feel they should have gone for something a little more reliable, substantial and, in the case of some of the components, a little more well-known.
The Mongoose bike serves its purpose for buyers looking for a basic 29er mountain bike and a project, whether that it enough to make it recommendable is down to your personal needs.