test riders were surprised that Mongoose spec’d an 80-millimeter
stem. These days, a stem of that length is often reserved for the
cross-country crowd. Our test riders thought that a 60-millimeter
stem would better suit the Teocali and give it a more lively feel.
They also agreed a slightly wider handlebar would positively affect
the bike’s handling. That said, however, the Teocali’s geometry
was well suited for everyday trail riding and provided us with confidence out on the trails.
Climbing: The Mongoose Teocali is a 6-inch-travel bike that
likes going down the mountain more than it likes going up; however, it’s no slouch on the climbs. We adjusted the IPA lever on
our rear shock three to four clicks out, depending on the type of
climb we were doing, and found the Teocali was more than willing
to earn its descent. On technical climbs we liked the suspension
a little more active to help maintain traction over rocks and roots,
while smooth fire roads called for the suspension to be stiffer so
we could charge them out of the saddle.
Cornering: The Teocali held traction through corners well, and
its dropper seatpost allowed our test riders to get their center of
gravity low. The long stem, however, slowed down our bike’s han-
dling and made it less snappy than other bikes in its category. Its
active suspension helped glue the Hans Dampf tires to the
ground, resulting in a reassuring feel when leaning
the bike over hard in a turn.
Descending: The Teocali descends confidently
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
when the saddle is dropped and the suspension is
set wide open. We found this bike could tackle jumps and drops
with an almost bottomless feel. Cruising straight down a technical
trail is the Teocali’s favorite thing to do. Curvy descents
can tune the shock with a plush and linear feel for all-mountain
riding or with a much stiffer platform for trail and cross-country
riding. The Mattoc fork is highly adjustable with external adjust-
ments for compression, bottom out and rebound.
Setting Sag: The Teocali’s suspension took our test riders a
few rides to dial it just right. We first set the sag at 30 percent for
both the fork and shock, then adjusted the McLeod’s rebound in a
centered position and turned the IPA lever two clicks. We centered
the rebound knob on the Mattoc fork, as well as the high-speed
compression lever. We then adjusted our fork’s HBO (Hydraulic
Bottom Out) knob on the trail and found it felt best with just a few
clicks from open. We left the IPA lever on our shock alone unless
we had to tackle a super-steep climb or a gnarly descent.
Moving Out: Considering that Mongoose
places the Teocali in the all-moun-
tain category, a few of our
Soak it up: The Teocali’s suspension
soaked up rockier trails with ease and
allowed our test riders to push a little
harder down gnarly trails.
The cockpit: Up front, the Teocali has a respectable handlebar width at 760 millimeters. However, the stem length at 80
millimeters seems a little too long for a bike in this category.
Our testers agreed a shorter stem would liven up this bike’s