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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Mongoose Malus. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
5 reasons to buy
- The Malus easily rolls over debris, small rocks, fallen limbs, snow, dirt, loose earth and through shallow water.
- Owners felt that the Malus possessed stripped-back good-looks. It received many compliments and gazes from passers-by.
- A number of buyers found assembly to be straight-forward.
- A major appeal of the Malus is the low price. Even buyers who intended to swap out most of the components thought it was good value.
- Tinkerers and the mech-savvy found this bike fun to upgrade.
11 reasons not to buy
- Shifting troubles were rife with the provided gripshift. Some reviewers found that gears slipped and that shifting was tricky with sweaty hands. A number felt the shifter was mismatched to the Shimano Tourney hanger and chose to replace it with a standard shifter.
- Owners and experts felt that seven gears were not enough.
- Reviewers point out the low quality crankset, noting how it rattles.
- Poor packaging was not uncommon. Damage did occur, including scratches, bent hangers, bent frames and a stripped front axle.
- Greaselessness was a problem, with owners having to disassemble and re-lube many parts.
- Fatbikes are heavy, but the Malus is super-heavy, at 45 pounds.
- Brake levers are primarily plastic. A number of owners experienced the barrel popping out of its holder, rendering it irreparable. For both experts and users, discs were wobbly and sometimes disengaged completely, resulting in a broken pinky finger for one user.
- Chain-slip was an issue.
- Missing parts included pedals.
- The provided bottom-bracket allowed grit to easily enter.
- The seatpost and clamp were heavy and difficult to adjust or to fasten in place.