Mongoose Salvo Comp 29 Inch Mountain Bike Review
The Mongoose Salvo Comp is one of the best mountain bikes that we have reviewed here at Mountain Bikes Lab. Though the Mongoose Salvo is a bit more pricey than some of the other bikes that we have reviewed, you can immediately feel its quality as soon as you sit down on this high end mountain bike. Fitted with top of the line components and produced by the world renowned Mongoose bike company, you can be sure that you are getting more than what you paid for with this mountain bike. Not only will it offer high performance, but it will last for years, making it a great investment. Throughout this review we will go over the main components of this bike as well as some frequently asked questions about the Mongoose Salvo and offer our final verdict on it.
Please note that as an Amazon Affiliate we may earn commission from qualified purchases — thanks for your support!
Mongoose Salvo Comp Mountain Bike Review
The Mongoose Salvo Comp is one of the best mountain bikes that Mongoose has to offer. We will be going over the bike in detail to give you a better understanding of what makes this bike unique, as well as giving our professional opinion on the quality of the bike.
Tectonic Aluminum Frame
Although not something that will blow you away if you are a bike connoisseur, the frame of a mountain bike is often something that is overlooked by more inexperienced riders. One of the most important parts of your bike the frame is what contributes the majority of the weight of the bike and is what gives your bike the durability it needs to handle rugged mountain terrain. The frame of the Mongoose Salvo is made of a super lightweight aluminum alloy and is designed to have the perfect combination of weight and strength.
Modern bikes are getting lighter and stronger, and it is great to see that Mongoose is leading the way by supplying the bikes with high-end frames that built to last. The Tectonic T2 aluminum is newly developed and allows for lighter yet stronger bikes which reduces weight by nearly 30% and increases the frames strength by nearly 50% compared to the pervious T1 aluminum, allowing your bike to handle more abuse than ever before, especially at such a reasonable price.
Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Considered by most experts to be the clear leader in brake technology, Shimano has been producing world class brakes and gears for over 100 years. Although in recent years other companies have tightened the gap between themselves and Shimano, for most professionals Shimano is the number one choice for high end brakes. The Mongoose Salvo is equipped with the Shimano BR-M201 hydraulic disc brakes which are the best choice of brakes for anyone looking to do serious riding.
Brakes come in a number of different styles however, if you have read any of our electric bike reviews such as our Rambo Megatron review, you will know that hydraulic disc brakes perform better than any other type. Universally regarded as the best type of brakes when compared to caliper, and traditional disc brakes, hydraulic disc brakes provide the best and most consistent stopping power allowing you to take on more intense terrain and know that your brakes will perform as expected.
Free Floating Full Suspension Frame
One of the more recent innovation in mountain biking technology, the free floating full suspension has made mountain bike far more versatile. Traditionally there has been three types of suspension, front, rear, and full, which, as their names imply, have their suspension either in the front fork, the rear, or both the front and rear. If you have read our Dynacraft Vertical Gauntlet Review you know that in our minds full suspension frames are clearly superior, especially for relatively new riders. However, the Free floating full suspension has improved on that to provide an even smoother ride.
Free floating suspension, unlike traditional rear shocks which are usually mounted directly to the frame of the bike, are mounted between two points of contact on the rear end of the frame allowing the shocks to “float” in between them. In doing this the shocks effectiveness is increased dramatically and the shocks can be adjusted to an individuals desired level. After riding this bike compared to other more traditional full suspension frames we could immediately recognize the difference in comfort and responsiveness. When going over even minor terrain we felt much more in control of our riding and were able to more easily navigate the terrain. Some of our more inexperienced riders also took the Mongoose Salvo out for a test and agreed that the free floating full suspension was a significant upgrade over other full suspension frames.
Mongoose Salvo Comp – Our Verdict
Throughout our Mongoose Salvo Comp Review, we were impressed. The Salvo Comp is an excellent choice for someone who is looking to get into mountain biking and willing to spend a bit of money for their bike. Although not the best bike in the world, the Mongoose Salvo will perform well over any type of terrain and is fitted with high end components that are guaranteed to withstand some harsh punishment. If you are a very new rider this may not be the most cost effective bike for you, however if you are looking for a bike that will last you a long time and can easily serve as both a beginner and intermediate level mountain bike the Mongoose Salvo would be a great choice. This bike is designed to be beginner friendly, yet is of high enough quality to be able to handle extended use over rugged terrain.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the tire size for the Mongoose Salvo Comp Mountain bike?
The Mongoose Salvo can have either 27.5 inch or 29 inch wheels depending of the frame size you choose.
Where can I ride the Mongoose Salvo Mountain bike?
The Mongoose Salvo is made out of a high end Tectonic aluminum frame and built with professional grade components, it is designed for any type of off road, or trail riding, but can be ridden anywhere you desire.
What is the maximum weight for the Mongoose Salvo?
With is extremely durable frame the Mongoose Salvo does not have an official maximum weight, however our professional recommendations is a maximum weight of 300 pounds.