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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Mongoose Dolomite. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- This is one of the most affordable entries into the world of fatbikes. Looking at customer reviews, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people saying that they couldn’t afford to buy other models.
- The steel frame surprised reviewers with its comfortable geometry and strength.
- The Dolomite arrives with a cushioned saddle that was described as comfortable and received positive comments in many reviews.
- It wasn’t unusual to find riders that bought this bike as a project-base. The upgrade-ability of the Dolomite is a fun factor for these buyers.
- Mongoose’s color options (red, navy and light blue) and paintwork received many compliments.
- The frame itself is a lightweight steel alloy.
- For cyclists who usually found themselves winding down in the ‘off-season’, the Dolomite allowed them to keep up commuting and exercise in snowy and muddy conditions.
- A number of riders found the mechanical disc brakes to be effective.
- Buyers with minimal mechanical knowledge found it easy to assemble the Dolomite.
7 reasons not to buy
- Componentry on the Dolomite is entry-level. Buyers experienced problems with some parts.
- Surprisingly, a number of buyers were disappointed by the weight of this fatbike’s wheels and tires.
- The bike often came with minimal or no grease, leaving it up to the buyer to disassemble and lubricate the bottom-bracket and hubs.
- The grip-shift on the handlebar often led to riders accidentally changing gears.
- In some instances, the bottom bracket wasn’t fully sealed and allowed in grit.
- Some buyers experienced missing, damaged or incorrectly assembled components in the package.
- A number of riders agreed that the quality of the crank could be improved.
Bottom lineFatbikes are a lot of fun. They allow their owners to keep fit in the off-season, by being able to commute through snow and mud – and even across ice. Entry-level prices often reflect the physical demands on this type of bike, making them unaffordable for some. The Mongoose Dolomite pleased riders with a budget option that often formed the basis for an upgrade project. As the low-cost componentry reached the end of its lifespan, many riders enjoyed replacing parts to create a customised ride.
Expert Reviews0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews
Behold! The Mongoose Dolomite Fat Bike
It’s hard for me to complain about the Mongoose Dolomite, since it’s a sub $200 fat bike. No, it doesn’t shift nicely, and yes, it has one of those terrible seat clamps with the bolts on the sides. It’s precisely compromises like these that make super cheap bikes possible.
Status Update on the Dolomite Fat Bike
So although this may be a fun and cheap toy, it’s debatable whether upgrading it would be cost effective. So this bike is perfect for me as is; cheap and rideable, ready for the ocean.