Pros: Inexpensive, Front disk brake, Dual shocks, looks cool
Cons: No rear disk brake, crappy pedals, unreliable, heavy for aluminum
I purchased what was once my Mongoose XR-200 in July of 2008 as an inexpensive form of transportation. I thought it a good choice for the money and it offered some excellent features, front and rear suspension, front disc brakes, aluminum frame, 21 speeds with gripshifts, and it looks pretty dang cool.
My ExperienceRight out of the box the bike wasn't working correctly, so once it was fixed it worked pretty well for a little bit under light riding, then there came a time that I biked everywhere I went for 11 months straight, then was the real test for the 'Goose.
The First couple months of solid riding it handled it pretty well, the gears needed a little adjusting but thats about it. after a good four months of solid riding the build quality really started to show, the spring inside the disk brake caliper broke, so I had to purchase a whole new caliper, which was fairly inexpensive, I did however expect it to last a little longer. After six months of good biking the bike had an easy 5000 miles on it and the rear bearings decide to completely explode so I had to get a whole new rear rim and all, which even the second one wore out quickly because it was off a crap bike. The rear derailer demanded constant fiddling and tuning. After time continued to progress the the right gripshifts interals decided to explode so I could no longer shift in my rear gears, one of the springs in the brake handle broke. The point is the bike really wasn't reliable, I was always fixing on it and tinkering to get it working correctly, parts were always breaking, and it just wasn't that great and I lost time because of it.
Things I LOVEDI really loved the front disk brake, that front brake alone had more stopping power than both regular pad brakes and could usually stop in 50% the distance that conventional pad brakes would. Dual Suspension, hopping curbs and jumping were much more comfortable thanks to the front and rear suspension, this made life a little bit more comfortable. I also particularly liked the adjustable rear shock so you could ride high or low if you pleased.
Things I HATEDParts breaking such as rear bearings, brake caliper, pedals, brake lever, gripshifts, ect. The seat was a little on the uncomfortable side (although it was surprisingly durable), the frame, for aluminum is also SUPER heavy and the rear fork wasn't aluminum at all, there was oxidation on the inside as well. I particularly didn't like the lack of a rear quick release, packing a wrench around whenever you get a flat was slightly inconvenient and was cumbersome keeping track of nuts and washers and what not.
The VERDICTThe Mongoose XR200 is an alright buy if you get it for riding every once in a blue moon, it however will not withstand long term use. When I got rid of my 'Goose it had around 11000 miles on it, which is pretty good, but it wasn't without costly repairs, in time and money. It was worth the $200 I paid for it, although I wasn't terribly pleased with it. I wouldn't buy this bike if you will use it every day for a long period of time. I got what I paid for, which wasn't much.