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Mongoose 2011

Mongoose’s new Salvo packs 90-120mm travel
New Mongoose Tyax hardtail. Smart spec and sharp prices
The tough and burly Boot’R – packs 210mm travel

Cycling Sports Group threw open the doors to its warehouse in Poole earlier this week which had been transformed into a cycle show to present the latest 2011 bikes from Cannondale, Charge, GT and Mongoose.

Let’s start with Mongoose. The new Salvo is a full suspension bike which, with prices ranging from £599.99 to £999.99 and a smartly designed aluminium frame, looks a capable bike for those looking to make their first foray into the world of full-sussers. We like the adjustable travel via a QR lever on the rocker linkage, with 90mm and 120mm available.

The same frame is used throughout the range, but with a KS-290 coil shock on the £599.99 Sport and upgraded to a Suntour Epicon LOD air shock on the top-end £999.99 Elite. Forks on the Elite model are RockShox Recon 120mm and the componentry comprises Shimano SLX/Deore 9-speed shifters and Tektro Draco disc brakes.

Brand new too is the Tyak range of four entry-level hardtails with prices starting form just £369.99 and rising to £659.99. Each model uses the same hydroformed 6061 aluminium frame with a Zero Stack headset and replaceable gear hanger. Each is finished with stylish graphics and specifications focused on using branded components wherever possible. RockShox forks, Kenda tyres, Shimano/SRAM transmissions and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.

Next up is the Pinn’R, a 180mm freeride bike built around Mongoose’s ‘FreeDrive’ suspension platform. Designed to eliminate pedal forces but allow the rear suspension to remain active over smaller bumps, the design features floating section of frame, housing the bottom bracket and lower shock mounting, hinged between the main frame and swingarm.

Prices start at £1899.99, for which you get a bike with RockShox’s Domain R 180mm fork, Fox Vanilla R shocks, SRAM X7 drivetrain and  Hayes Stroker Ryde disc brakes with 203mm rotors.

Based on the same design as the Pinn’R, the 210mm Boot’r is intended for downhill racing duties and swaps air cans for coil over shocks and single crown forks for triple clamps. There’ll be two models, the £1999.99 Apprentice and the £2299.99 Foreman.

You’ll notice there’s something of a jump from the 120mm Salvo to the 190mm Pinn’r. This is because the 150mm Teocali, previously a well received bike in the UK, isn’t being brought into the UK next year.

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