Come check out the brand new prototype Slopestyle bike Mongoose has developed for the 2009 line up!
The introduction of the EC-X in 2006 spurred the idea for the new Mongoose Nugget model. The EC-X was the bike that led Eric Carter to numerous UCI podium finishes. With increasing demands in the freeride market, more specifically for an all purpose, slopestyle and play bike, the word of a production slopestyle bike was the talk of the office at Mongoose HQ in Madison, Wisconsin.While the current EC-X provided a nimble, weight conscious ride, I had been thinking that 2.8” of rear-wheel travel was just shy of being enough for the demanding terrain of today’s slopestyle courses. Having ridden the Khyber Super and the EC-X all season, I knew that Darren Salsbury (Product Developer @ Mongoose) had the geometry and the weight down pat and that it was just a matter of morphing the two bikes together to create a successful slopestyle bike. In a phone conversation with Darren he had asked me to list some characteristics that would make this the “perfect bike” and with no hesitation, I gave him my wish list. To my surprise Darren had already included many of the features that I had wished for, inferring from the R&D data gathered from the past few years. By the end of the brainstorming session we were in complete agreement and the Nugget was officially born.
2009 Mongoose Nugget
Also included in the feedback process were my team members Andrew Neethling, EC and Steve Romaniuk. We all managed to deck out the Nugget like an Audi with new features like heated leather interior…haha - not really but the Nugget is ISCG compatible, MAXLE (135mm), and has a completely redesigned, solid drop out and a newly designed shock mount.
2009 Mongoose Nugget
The concept behind the Nugget was to combine the longer travel and strength of the AM/FR bike - take the Khyber and morph it with the nimble geometry and precision handling of the EC-X. The Nugget provides a supple 3.9” of travel rear travel via a Fox Racing Shox RP23. Obviously, no Mongoose full-suspension bike would be complete without the use of the FreeDrive Technology and with no exception the Nugget will have you effortlessly pedaling in front of all your friends (with no pedal bob or brake jack!). Couple this impressive suspension design with ProPedal and with a flip of the lever and you have a bike that nearly eliminates pedal bob and provides a ride that's got a bottomless feel to it. You should expect to see the Nugget at a Mongoose dealer near you later this year ready to go for the 09 season!
Nugget Facts (size small)
BB / Pivot Shot
The Nugget weighs in at 7.8lbs with a rear shock (FOX RP23).
Chain stay length: 17.25”
Seat tube length: 16.5”
Top tube length: 21.25”
I’d just like to thank Sarah & Darren @ Mongoose
, Mark & Mike @ Fox Racing Shox
, Chad @ Race Face
, Clayton & Len @ Sun Ringlé
for making this possible!
- Andrew Cho