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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Mongoose Legion. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- The L100 has a full chromoly frame. Dropouts may be Hi-Ten steel.
- Clearance allowed for at least 2.5” tires.
- On the L18, brake-levers were apparently adjustable for smaller hands.
- Freestyle models feature gyro brakes to allow for handlebar spins.
- The L100 struck some owners as being lightweight.
- Reviewers admired the burgundy color.
- For more mechanically-minded buyers, assembly was easy.
- Shorter top-tube lengths suited smaller riders, while still using 20” wheels.
- The ‘female’ front hub on L100s is the correct width for the fork and allows pegs to be attached.
20 reasons not to buy
- Generic instructions cover three models, confusing some buyers.
- At this price-point, unsealed rear-wheel hubs on the L100 disappointed.
- One-piece cranks on L18s are not up to real tricks and jumps.
- Chain tension was often too tight.
- Undergreased bottom-brackets, headsets, hubs and axles… disappointed.
- On L18s, bottom-brackets were a cheap bearing-and-race design and tended to grind.
- Welding errors included a top-tube that wasn’t centered!
- Legions only have one brake, which is fine for trick-riders but not for kids.
- Cheap U-Brakes were difficult to adjust and showed underwhelming stopping power.
- Brake cables were often too short and sometimes snapped, causing accidents.
- Rims are painted on lowest-end models, limiting braking power.
- On the L100, rim seams are pinned not welded, compromising strength.
- Tires are tough to change on the Xposure rims.
- The KMC chain broke on a large number of occasions, sometimes on first rides.
- Pegs needed specialist long-sockets to attach or remove.
- Missing parts occurred, including handlebars and saddles!
- On a few occasions, rear hubs disintegrated within a few weeks use.
- An expert noted sloppy welds, on forks, rear dropouts and elsewhere.
- One expert deemed pedals to be ‘pure garbage’ for trick use.
- On the 2018 L100, the headset is non-standard and not easily replaced or repaired.