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Mongoose Nugget (discontinued)

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Fun little DJ machine

The Good:

solid, fun, great in the air

The Bad:

pivots get loose after heavy riding

Overall Review:

After a season of riding on the Nugget I can say that this is a very capable dirt jumper and overall a very fun bike. Dirt jumping/slopestyle is not my forte but as soon as I got on this bike I felt a lot more confident and comfortable on the jumps. My nugget was built up fairly heavy but even with the weight under me the bike felt snappy in the air and accelerated in the corners. I definitely feel this would be a good 4X bike, the 4 inches of travel feel consistent and help when the landings get sketchy or the trail gets rough. Although my Nugget was a size small I did take it on a couple of trail rides but I found that the weight and small size just didn’t allow comfort for trail rides so I stuck with taking it to bike parks and jump spots only. Perhaps if I would have a larger frame and lighter components then the bike would have performed better on the trails and could be made to a decent trail rider as the suspension works well without any bobbing.

I’ve been used to riding DH bikes so when I took this on some of the bigger trails with larger drops I did feel a bit out of control and felt out of its element. I assume this could just be my lack of skills on a smaller travel bike as I constantly see guys ripping on small travel bikes. I had my Nugget faired with a 4 inch travel Marzocchi 55 and the suspension worked well together.

In terms of quality the Mongoose frame is put together quite well, it may not be the same caliber as intense or some of the boutique brands but the frame held up all season without any issues . The pivots stayed smooth but after heavy riding I did find towards the end of the season that on occasion they came loose, easy fix was to simply tighten them but one of the pivots is hidden behind the chainring making tightening a challenge.

So overall if you are looking for a fun bike, a bike that you can dirt jump, ride slopestyle or 4x I believe this is a great bike. The bike held up with no major issues and was always extremely fun to ride. If you get a larger frame I also feel this would be a fun trail bike as well.



Product Mongoose Nugget
Model Year
Riding Type Dirt Jump / Slopestyle
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
Top Tube Length
Head Tube Angle
Head Tube Length
Seat Tube Angle
Seat Tube Length
Bottom Bracket Height
Chainstay Length
Wheel Size
Frame Material
Frame Material Details
Rear Travel 100mm
Rear Shock
Fork Travel
Head Tube Diameter
Brake Levers
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur
Bottom Bracket
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Dirt, street, drops, jumps; the Nugget is a slopestyle slayer. Our revolutionary FreeDrive suspension system offers up 100mm of insurance in case you come up short while the Maxle dropouts keep your rear end tight. With a U-Turn adjustable RockShox Pike up front and E.13 guide keeping your chain in check, you can be confident that the Nugget will be ready to slaughter that next set of doubles.SPECSFrame: New MongooseFreeDrive Slopestyle frame w/ 100 mm rear travel and 135mm Maxle dropouts Fork: RockShox Pike409 140 mm travel U-turn Adjustable, 20 mm Maxle Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch 3.1, air spring, rebound and Floodgate, 165x38 mm w/ 19x8 mm hardwareCrankset / Chainwheel: Truvativ Hussefelt with cromoly pedal inserts 1.0 36T ringBottom Bracket: Truvativ Howitzer XRPedals: Mongoose Alloy platform with replaceable pinsFront Derailleur: N/A Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7 medium cage Shifters: SRAM X.7 9 speed Cog set: SRAM PG-950 Cassette 11-26 Chain: KMC Z9200 with Missing Link connector Rims: SUN Rhyno Lite 32 holeFront Hub: Formula sealed bearing 20mm thru axleRear Hub: Formula sealed bearing 135x12 thru axle cassetteTires: Kenda Small Block Eight 26X2.35Front & Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 w/160mm rotorsBrake Levers: Avid Juicy 3Handlebar: Funn Full Bore PG 6061AL riser25.4x50x710 mmStem: Funn Rippa 25.4x45 mm CNC alloyHeadset: FSA Orbit XLII angular contact bearingSaddle: Custom Mongoose SDG Bel Air I-BeamSeat Post: SDG I-Beam 2014 alloy,31.6x250Extras: E.13 LG1 steel back plate ISCG05 chainguide w/ Taco bash guard, RockShox Maxle Geometry HEAD TUBE ANGLE: SEAT ANGLE: CHAINSTAY LENGTH: STANDOVER HEIGHT: HORIZ. TOP TUBE LENGTH: SEAT TUBE LENGTH: HEAD TUBE LENGTH: BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT: FORK OFFSET: WHEELBASE: Reg 68 72.5 16.7 27.9 22 16.1 4.5 13.2 1.5 42.4 Long 68 72.5 16.7 27.9 23 16.1 4.5 13.2 1.5 43.3
Price $2,499.99
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