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This bike comes with front and back brakes, which gives a more familiar feel before you get used to riding with just the back brake. It also has three-piece cranks, which are more durable and stronger than one-piece cranks, since there's less chance of pedals breaking off when you land after a jump. See More
Flatland riding contains a lot of tricks with spinning the front wheel. This bike has a front brake, which is good, but it does not come with a cable detangler. Without a detangler, the brake cables will prevent you from making full turns with the wheel. You'll have to purchase and install one separately before you can even attempt any of those tricks. See More
While it's still a low-end bike and you can't expect its parts to last forever, it's still built well enough to save you some time and money on maintenance in the long run. The Mongoose has sealed bearings, which means dirt won't get inside them after each riding session. If dirt can't get in, it can't grind against the balls in the bearings, making the ride smoother than on bikes with loose ball bearings (which have no casing at all). This also means you won't have to thoroughly clean your bike after each ride, and the bearings will last longer than loose-ball bearings. See More
Most low-end bikes use High Tensile Steel as the main material,thereby adding weight. This might not be a problem for everyone, but smaller riders would benefit from a lighter bike for better control while learning tricks and jumps. At 34 pounds it's definitely not the lightest bike around. See More
The Mongoose Legion L60 bike frame is made of High Tensile Steel, which is a heavierl than the more expensive chromoly (used in mid to high end bikes), and it's not as sturdy. The joints in the frame might be prone to cracking, and the fork will likely bend after just one serious crash to the ground. If you want to learn extreme tricks, consider investing more for your first bike. See More
The welding on the joints of the frame makes it more durable than others at this price point. The frame is 100% high tensile steel, which is not as sturdy as chromoly (a lighter, more durable material used in professional BMX bikes, but also a lot more expensive). Still, high tensile steel frames are well suited for beginners, and thanks to the welding this bike will withstand more abuse than similar counterparts. See More
Changing or upgrading your setup will be simple, because most parts used on this bike are standard ones. This bike also has an integrated head tube, which is good news should you want to change it. Integrated head tubes slide in without a fight and without the need for sophisticated tools. See More
In order to maintain the parts in a good state, you will need to thoroughly clean your bike after each use, or you'll need to replace the original bearings with sealed bearings. The Mongoose has loos- ball bearings, which means that there is no protective casing at all around the balls of the bearings. Water and dirt can get in and around the balls when you take the bike outside. See More
This bike allows for quick acceleration with its 25T by 9T sprocket, so it'll be good for street riding or jumping on ramps in skateparks. The smaller sprocket size also gives higher ground clearance, so you can do tricks on ramps. At 25 lbs it would be easier to control for a beginner or for someone trying out the various forms of street riding. See More
The geometry and general build quality of the bike and its parts are unsuitable for racing or maintaining high speeds. It's good enough if you want to try out BMX, but if you know you'll want to do racing, consider investing more for a bike that's built for racing specifically. See More
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