Walmart Bike Torture Test – Street Trials

Walmart Bike Torture Test – Street Trials


In the last video, we took our Walmart Mongoose
to the mountain bike trails, and verified that it would hold up to the short term needs
of a beginner riding novice trails. I say short term because the hubs on this bike are
wearing at an alarming pace. The headset is awful too, and by awful I mean it sucks shit. So now there’s only one thing left to find
out. What can I do on this bike before it fails violently and catastrophically? Time
to ride some street. Now, keep in mind, an experienced rider can
do pretty gnarly maneuvers on even an entry level bike. It’s when you start crashing
and taking hard landings that you can really tell what a bike is made of. This bike is
made of pure, liquefied garbage. It must be. The parts bend very easily, but you can just
bend them back. I’m not sure how I feel about that. We kept subjecting this bike to increasing
levels of abuse, bending and tweaking it back into place as we went along. You’ve gotta
admit, it shouldn’t have survived this drop. The chainring can’t take a hit, but we’ll
let that slide. After getting the Mongoose running again,
I was pretty sure that any more damage would require tools to correct. So, I decided to
attempt a 360 on it. After dicking with the wheel and front brakes,
I was able to limp home on this bike, but I think it’s safe to say you shouldn’t be
riding street trials on a Walmart Mongoose. There actually exists a discussion board all
about buying, repairing, and modifying department store bikes. That’s cool. These guys are
hobbyists and they know what they’re getting themselves into. As for the average joe or
jane who’s looking to start mountain biking, you’re probably better off at a bike shop
that can stand by their assembly. Even in the short term, it’ll save you money and
frustration. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.