The $549 Mongoose Switchback Expert Review

It’s rare to see a bike in this price range offered in four sizes—small through extra large—rather than just one or two sizes. Like more expensive bikes, the Mongoose Switchback Expert specs smaller 27.5″ diameter wheels on size small bikes and 29er wheels on larger sizes. To find the right size, check that you can stand over the bike with at least an inch or more between your crotch and the top tube. Then, check that the seat can be set about even with your hip while standing beside the bike. I tested a size extra large and found it’s a pretty close fit, though even at full extension the saddle is a bit short for me. Plus, with Mongoose, you also have the option to customize your bike.

The Mongoose Switchback is best for riding pavement, bike paths, and gravel roads. It’s fine for most green- and beginner-rated trails, though when it comes to trail riding, I mongoose fat bike recommend choosing smooth ones. The Mongoose Switchback Expert is capable of popping off small roots and rocks in the trail, and it has proven to be durable on the landings.

You can choose different gear settings, adjust the seat height, or even add accessories like fenders or baskets. This way, you can make your Mongoose fat tire bike truly your own. Moreover, the stability isn’t just about the ability to stay upright over rough terrain; it’s also about the confidence that these bikes instill in their riders. With the superior grip and balance, even novice riders can venture off-road and tackle trails they would never have tried before. I have a 7 speed Shimano thumb shifter and aluminum mountain bike pedals on the way. The stock brakes kinda suck too so I was thinking about upgrading to Shimano hydraulic brakes in the future.

The SR Suntour XCE coil fork is truly entry level, and while it absorbs bumps in the trail it’s heavy and harsh compared to a more expensive fork with an air spring. Given my profession as a mountain bike journalist and product reviewer, it’s not unusual for friends and neighbors to ask me for bike recommendations. Bikes are expensive, you see, and there are just too many options. To the uninitiated, a $400 mountain bike looks pretty similar to a $5,000 bike, so why wouldn’t you just get the cheaper one? Maybe even the Mongoose Switchback Expert, on sale at your local Dicks Sporting Goods department store. There is a low level shimano hydraulic disc brake kit that is SO NICE compared to the cable disc brakes.

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It also gave me some bike mechanic practice since it arrived with almost no grease, and a number parts needed to be upgraded. This item is offered by one of our Exchange Plus partners – a trusted, third-party company that ships directly to you when you order on The Exchange sells and handles payments for this item, and you can track the status on your Exchange order details page. Whether for recreation or transportation, we’ve designed the right city e-bike for you. A password reset EMAIL will be sent to the email address you provided within 30 minutes.