Boot'r Downhiller Mongoose
Mongoose totally redesigned its Boot'r DH bike with a four-bar rear suspension,. 27.5-inch wheels, and up-to-the-minute frame geometry - for $2500 USD.
has picked up some momentum since we last heard from them. The designers there have streamlined their product range in order to stuff as much performance as possible into its most important models. The Boot’r DH bike is all new, with 27.5-inch wheels, a four-bar, Horst-Link type rear suspension instead of the previous model’s Free Drive system, which was borrowed from GT. Insiders say that the four-bar arrangement boosts the suspension performance in technical situations, where the Boot’r will be spending most of its life. The aluminum-framed DH bike sports a RockShox Domain fork and an X-Fusion Vector R coil/over shock. Rear-wheel travel is eight inches, and the frame geometry is updated to reflect what racers are currently running. The Boot’r head angle is 63 degrees.
The new Horst-Link rear suspension drives an X-Fusion Vector shock. The Brakes are Hayes Prime Sports with 200mm rotors.
Mongoose carefully selected the parts for the Boot’r to keep its price well into the realm of affordability, without killing its performance. The cockpit is decked out in Funn components, highlighted by an oversized, 31.8-millimeter, 810-millimeter-wide Full-On handlebar. Brakes are Hayes’ latest Prime Sport models with 200-millimeter rotors. The 36-tooth SRAM Ruction crankset is backed up by a Mongoose-label chainguide and the 11 x 28 nine-speed cassette is shifted by a SRAM X-9 changer. Wheels are Sun Ringle Inferno, with Kenda Honey Badger DH tires. The MSRP for Mongoose’s entry-level DH machine is only $2500 USD and Mongoose offers it in small, medium and large sizes.
Tight on cash? Mongoose put together a competitive, 150mm-travel trailbike for $2800 USD. The Teocal is all new for 2015, also with a Horst-Link, four-bar rear suspension. It rides well.
Trail riders searching for enthusiast-level performance from an affordable, 27.5-inch-wheel AM/trailbike might consider the 2015 Mongoose Teocali Expert. Its aluminum chassis has moderately slack, 67-degree head angle and has been redesigned with a 150-millimeter-travel, Horst-Link, four-bar rear suspension. The shock is an X-Fusion D2 RLX and up front is a 160-millimeter-stroke X-Fusion Sweep fork. The Teocali’s drivetrain is a Shimano XT/SLX combination with a three-by crankset. The cockpit is appointed by Funn, with a 750-millimeter handlebar. Brakes are Hayes Prime Comps with 180mm rotors, and the Teocali Expert’s wheels are Alex 27 Fives, mounted with Kenda Nevegal tires. The Teocali Expert lacks a dropper seatpost for price considerations, which should be OK, as its MSRP is $2800 USD.
We have always liked X-Fusion suspension for its superior high-speed performance, and the Teocali's updated rear suspension design is proven to add sensitivity to the chassis under braking and acceleration. Add slacker frame numbers and mid-sized wheels and the new Mongoose should be quite a shredder.