Mongoose Amasa Elite 2008 good allrounder ???

hodgey68 Posts: 81
edited September 2008 in MTB buying advice
i have seen a mongoose tyax elite 2008 for £400 which i think is a bargain ! this is the spec :

Frame: Flat Top Tube Technologies, All Mountain, 6061 Alloy
Fork: RockShox Tora 289 U-Turn , 85-130mm Travel w/External Preload & Rebound Adjustments
Cranks: Shimano M442, 22/32/44T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano ES25, Octalink
Pedals: Mongoose Alloy Platform
Front Derailleur: SRAM X-7, Low Clamp
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-7, Long Cage
Shifters: SRAM SX-5.0 Impulse Trigger
Cassette: SRAM PG-950, 11-34T, 9-Speed
Chain: KMC Z-9200
Front Hub: Shimano M475 Hub, IS Disc Mount
Rear Hub: Shimano M475 Cassette Hub, IS Disc Mount
Rims: WTB SpeedDisc All Mountain, 32h
Tyres: Kenda Nevedal, 2.1"
Front Brake: Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic, 180mm
Rear Brake: Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic, 160mm
Brake Levers: Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic
Handlebar: Mongoose 31.8mm Clamp, Riser, 30mm Rise
Stem: Mongoose 31.8mm w/CNC’d Mongoose Logo
Grips: Mongoose, No Flange, Lock-On
Headset: Ritchey Logic Zero
Saddle: WTB Pure V-Race
Seat Post: Mongoose Alloy w/Double-Bolt Integral Head, 300/350mm Long, 31.6mm Wide
Seat Clamp: Alloy w/Quick-Release

do you guy's in the know on this forum think this is a good alrounder that can be used on the road equally as well as off road ? or with the forks on it is it purely an off roader ?


  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    A very good value bike. But on road, well, it is an MTB, so will be compromised.

    Fork better than anything I have seen for this money.
  • when you say compromised bud what do you mean exactly ?
  • toasty
    toasty Posts: 2,598
    The Auriga Comp brakes are good too :) Awesome bike for the money.

    I think he's just referring to the extra effort required to ride a mountain bike along the road compared to a road bike, extra weight, draggy knobbly tyres, suspension etc. Given you want both on and off road though I wouldn't worry personally.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    hodgey68 wrote:
    when you say compromised bud what do you mean exactly ?

    Going to much heavier than a roadbike, or even a hybrid, tyres will drag, more upright less effiecient riding position, forks will bob. Some of this can be overcome though by changing parts.

    But as an mtb it looks fabulous.
  • IMHO the Mongoose is a bit of an oddball. Well spec'd but after trying the Asama Comp this weekend it just doesnt work unless you have short arms and body and an upright riding style. The best bet is try it out, see how it fits you and get the add-ons that best suit your use.

    The person needs to suit the bike almost as much as the bike suits the person!
    Newbie with a Felt Q720

    A day where you don't learn something is a waste...
  • nesty
    nesty Posts: 100
    I popped into Cycles UK today and they mentioned the mongoose tyax elite 2008 for £400. They said that other stores wre selling these like hot cakes and for £400 really good value for money. I yet to sit on one.
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    You mean Tyax Super? Good bike for the money, (RRp is 400). Amasa next in range, so a significant saving. But as above, testing is very much worth it.