Walmart MTB Trail Test

Walmart MTB Trail Test


In the last video, we bought a $140 bike from
Walmart and corrected a bunch of issues with its assembly. Today, we’re off to Amelia
Earhart mountain bike trails to test out the Mongoose for real. This is my sister, Emily. She’s an avid
road cyclist, but has only been mountain biking once. Emily will be taking the Mongoose on
the novice trails so we can see if it’s any good for a beginner. At 35 pounds, this
bike weighs about 1/3 as much as Emily does. The novice trails here offer a mix of loose
terrain, mud, roots, and various other small obstacles. Emily didn’t have any problems
at all on the mongoose, it must be in her blood. We rode through every novice trail
here and then went back to the car to check the bike out. No issues, and no adjustments
needed. The bike was in perfect working order. We went back out again but we swapped bikes
this time. I rode the mongoose like a complete dick, first on the novice trails to see what
it could do. The first thing I noticed was how smooth the
ride was. At $140 I expected the suspension to be little more than a gimmick, but it was
surprisingly plush and effective. The shifting wasn’t as impressive though. The rear worked
fine, more or less, but the setup in the front was a noisy mess. The brakes weren’t great
either, but they did work. Surprisingly, the saddle was comfortable and
I didn’t hate riding this bike at all. Actually, I was having a blast on it, just seeing what
was possible. It was time to subject the mongoose to some intermediate trails. Again, the bike performed admirably. I even
dropped some locals a few times. I got comfortable enough on the bike to try this little jump,
and somewhat surprisingly, it was smooth as butter. It seemed that the Walmart bike was
performing as advertised. But then I started dicking around. On my mountain bike I can bunny hop on to
the benches of picnic tables quite easily, but what about on the Mongoose? Success. Yes, it felt heavy, but I did this
bunny hop first shot. On the way back to the car, I messed around
on these skinnies, and ended up slipping off. That brought the bike to its knees. The rear
wheel got knocked off to the side, which is weird because I remember tightening it real
good. We went back to the car and got it back into place with my pedal wrench. I haven’t
carried a proper 15 mil with me since my BMX days. After a closer check, I noticed the headset
was loose, along with the hubs in the wheels. I tightened them all up and they seem to be
holding now. I asked Emily what she thought of the bike, and not surprisingly she wanted
to go out mountain biking on it again. Seeing how it held up just fine for her on the novice
trails, I can’t blame her. So, we can say for sure that a properly assembled
Mongoose Ledge is sufficient for a beginner to take on novice trails. Anything more than
that, and it may need some extra maintenance. It’s also worth mentioning that we didn’t
crash today. A good mountain bike will hold up in most crashes, but we have yet to see
how the Mongoose holds up with repeated abuse. There’s always tomorrow. In the next video, we’ll ride some street
on the Mongoose and see how it holds up. If it gets destroyed, I might actually be a tiny
bit sad, but it’s all in the name of science. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.