From BMX to MTB,
Mongoose does it all
In the early ’80s, BMX racing was all the rage, and a Mongoose BMX bike with MotoMag One wheels, invented by Skip Hess, was one of the coolest bikes you could own. Heck,
even the pro team from the iconic BMX film Rad was sponsored
by Mongoose. In the late ’80s, mountain bike racing started
growing in popularity, and famous racer John Tomac started
racking up wins on his signature-edition Mongoose frame. Today,
Mongoose bikes can be spotted in your local big-box store with
shocks and pegs for 129 bucks. That said, however, Mongoose
has deep roots in building high-performance race machines,
and its Teocali models are no blue-light special. Considering
Mongoose’s long history, we decided to hop aboard the Teocali
just to see how rad we could get.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Teocali Pro aims to please the all-mountain crowd looking
to tackle rough trails, whether they’re pointing up or down. This
Mongoose isn’t a budget bike at $3500, but it packs a nice component package. Riders from the BMX days may feel nostalgic
hopping aboard a Mongoose again. Newer riders will appreciate
the Teocali’s modern parts and find it more than capable of
shredding their local trails. Overall, the Teocali proves that not all
Mongoose bikes belong in a big-box store. The Teocali is a true
mountain bike made to stand toe to toe with all the rest.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Mongoose built the Teocali with a respectable component
list that invests money where it counts. The Teocali’s aluminum
frame has a Horst Link design with 160 millimeters of travel and
pairs it with a Manitou rear shock. Up front is a Manitou Mattoc
Pro fork with 160 millimeters of travel, along with a Mongoose-branded cockpit. The Teocali sports a Shimano SLX drivetrain with
an 11-speed XT rear derailleur and an XT double-ring crankset.
Mongoose used SLX brakes and added an X-Fusion dropper post
so riders could keep their center of gravity low. The bike rolls on a
pair of Sun Ringle Charger wheels wrapped with Schwalbe Hans
Dampf tires and has a clean look thanks to its internally routed
derailleur and dropper post.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Suspension plays a big role in the performance of a bike, so
companies often have to choose wisely when it comes to spec’ing
a fork and shock. For the Teocali, Mongoose chose Manitou’s
Mattoc Pro fork and a McLeod King Can shock. Together, these
parts work in harmony and provide riders with great adjustability.
The McLeod King Can shock is designed with a four-position
external IPA (Incremental Platform Adjust) adjustment lever that