The 29 inch Mongoose Ledge 3.1 Men’s Mountain Bike is a consumer grade entry level mountain bike. While no longer available directly from Mongoose, the similar Mongoose Impasse Dual Full Suspension Bicycle is still available for purchase in Amazon. This entry level mountain bike is a great choice for those who are looking for a bike to hit the trails with, as well as for those who are looking for a good all-around bike for the streets. The Mongoose Ledge comes with a reasonable price tag of around $250. For the known brand reliability of Mongoose and the known comfort of the Ledge 3.1, you can’t go wrong with this mountain bike.
Mongoose Ledge 3.1 Tech Specs & Features
The 29” part of the Ledge 3.1 refers to the size of its tires. This is a common size for consumer grade tires that allows traversing up trails while not impeding momentum. The bike is equipped with front disc brakes for stopping power. While we would prefer it to have both front and rear disc brakes, this is a concession that Mongoose has made in order to keep the Ledge 3.1 at an affordable price point.
The frame is made out of lightweight aluminum. The rims and pedals are made out of a metal alloy. These three metals parts are the majority of the weight of a mountain bike, so with that in consideration, you should not have trouble picking it up to move it around. In addition, the forked frame has shock absorption in the interest of comfort.
The Mongoose Ledge 3.1 is a 21 gear bike. This, combined with its large 29” tires, will assist you with easily getting up those steep dirt roads. The gears are selected with a simple twist shifter built into the handle bars.
The Ledge 3.1 is made by Mongoose. Since its inception in 1974, Mongoose has produced a wide range of styles and models of bicycles. With more than 40 years of experience, you know that they are offering the best possible combination of parts for the price tag. Although the Ledge 3.1 is only an entry level mountain bike, it is well suited for the majority of beginner and intermediate trail riders.
This bike has a lot of upsides, but it is not without its downsides. For one, we would have really preferred it to have dual disc brakes, rather than just front disc brakes. In addition, the stock seat leaves something to be desired. Although it is not too expensive to pick out another one, that means you would still be paying to upgrade a brand new bike. Also, the gears may need to be adjusted. They of course work out of the box, but sometimes they are reluctant to select the gear you are looking for on command.
If you are a beginner or intermediate trail rider in the market for a $250 mountain bike, you can’t go wrong with the 29” Mongoose Ledge 3.1 Men’s Mountain Bike. As we said, it does have a few downsides, but pick up a seat for under $20 and spend a little bit of time adjusting the gears. You will have a great bike at a great price. It will work without those adjustments, but for maximum value we suggest that you make them.