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Mongoose Dolomite Review – Is It Worth It?

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  • The regular MSRP of Mongoose Dolomite is $399, but right now, it’s sold for between $500 and $900.
  • Mongoose Dolomite is one of the most affordable fat bikes on the market.
  • If you’re looking for a lightweight bike, look somewhere else.
  • Read the entire Mongoose Dolomite review to get a glimpse of it’s like.

Let’s start with the upfront conclusion here. Mongoose Dolomite is an excellent fat bike for beginners and first-time fat bike buyers. It’s probably the best entry-level fat bike you can find on the market right now.

For what you pay, you get a ton of value – a great rigid steel frame, supersized all-terrain knobby tires, and a decent rear derailleur with seven speeds. The bike is so good for its price that it’s featured in our article about the best bikes for heavy riders.

Keep in mind that the bike is on the heavy side with its 52 pounds, but on the other hand, this beefy bicycle can handle riders up to 350 lbs and 6′ tall.

Read more: Best Mountain Bikes for Beginners

Pros and Cons of Mongoose Dolomite

Components and Build

Mongoose makes some of the cheapest models in each bike category and is often considered a good bike brand that invests in decent components. Mongoose Dolomite is not different in this case. Let’s dig into more details for each component.

The Frame

The frame of the Dolomite is a simple mountain bike frame made of steel. It’s a strong and sturdy frame that works for year-round riding: no bells and whistles, just simplicity. The most important aspect of the frame is that the geometry is actually comfortable for most people. Remember that the frame is part of a bike’s essential bones – a part you can’t upgrade.

The Tires

Mongoose Dolomite comes with beefy supersized 4 inch wide tires installed on good 26-inch alloy wheels. Even Mongoose can’t tell me the brand or the tires’ model, but I’m fine with that because they’re good enough to start with. The tires can handle mud, sand, and even snow.

You can always upgrade those tires at a later stage and buy Maxxis Minion FBR, 45NRTH VANHELGA 26″ or Kenda Juggernaut. I have to mention that the wheels and the tires are quite heavy compared to any other set.

The Brakes

As you probably already know, almost all fat bikes come with mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes at this point. Mongoose Dolomite is fitted with decent mechanical disc brakes that provide crisp all-condition stopping out on the trail. I would always prefer a pair of hydraulic brakes, but you can’t expect more for this price.

Speeds and Gear Shifting

Mongoose Dolomite is fitted with a Shimano rear derailleur with seven speeds that provide smooth and easy gear changes. The seven speeds are enough for simple hill-climbing or high-speed trail downhill. Don’t expect a wide range of gears for huge hills, though. The bike comes with a simple Shimano Revo twist shifter that works well. I would always prefer a thumb shifter for a fat bike, but the main theme here is the budget.

Saddle and Pedals

The main theme of using entry-level components to drag the price down continues with the saddle and the pedals. The saddle is wide and cushioned enough for most people. I have never received a single complaint about the comfort of this saddle. The pedals are beach cruiser-style pedals which means comfort, stability, and simplicity—nothing special about them.


Price and Value

A few years ago, this bike was listed at around $200. With time the price increased to $300, then $400, and after the pandemic, the current price got way higher.

The regular MSRP of Mongoose Dolomite is $399, but keep in mind that retailers pump up the price to make more profit. Especially on Amazon, individual sellers list this bike anywhere from $500 up to $900. To be frank, a good value for the Dolomite would be anything up to $700. More than that would be a robbery. In comparison, most entry-level fat bikes start at around $1000.

Read more: Best Fat Bikes Under $1000


Where to Buy Mongoose Dolomite

Most people buy the bike on Amazon. It’s a trendy bike on the platform, with more than 1680 reviews and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 ( at the time of writing ). Sometimes the bike is available on the Mongoose Store inside Amazon, but most often, individual sellers offer it on their pages inside the platform.

Mongoose Dolomite is available and in stock on Target and Walmart. You can also find it in many local bike shops across the country. But my personal recommendation is to buy it on Amazon from the Mongoose store. This way, you will get the fastest response if you need to contact the seller.


How to Assemble Mongoose Dolomite

Mongoose Dolomite is straightforward to assemble if you follow simple instructions. Normally, the rear wheel is already on, and you need to install the front wheel. After that, you need to align the disc brakes and handlebars. The last step would be to install the pedals and the saddle. Fine-tune and tight everything in place, and you’re ready to go.

Ensure you have the right tools – Allen keys, Philips head screwdriver, cable cutter, and wrench. Keep in mind that the box is weighty. Once you receive the package, you’ll need some friends’ help.

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Mongoose Dolomite vs Malus vs Juneau

What’s the difference between Mongoose Dolomite, Mongoose Malus, and Mongoose Juneau? I have been asked this question so many times. Here you have a small comparison table with all the differences between the three Mongoose bicycles.

Mongoose DolomiteMongoose MalusMongoose Juneau
Steel FrameAluminum FrameAluminum Frame
4-inch wide tires4-inch wide tires3-inch wide tires
7-Speed7-Speed16-Speed
Twist ShiftersTwist ShiftersTrigger Shifters
52 lbs45 lbs43 lbs
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Pros and Cons of Mongoose Dolomite

+ Good frame geometry
+ Decent 4-inch tires
+ 350 lbs weight limit
+ Affordable price
+ Easily upgradable
Heavy bike
Twist shifters
Mechanical disc brakes
Cheap brake levers


Conclusion

Mongoose Dolomite is a perfect entry-level fat bike for casual trail riding or for everyone who wants to try a fat bike. You can ride it in mud, sand or snow without any problems. The bike is comfortable, easy to ride, and most importantly, all essential components are of good quality, which is very upgradable. For just a few hundred bucks, you can make it the ultimate all-terrain fat bike.


Why It’s Hard to Find a Bike Right Now

Whether you rely upon mystery books or films to stay entertained — or you’re just curious about the strange disappearance of what was once an endless supply of bicycles — there’s no denying the pandemic’s impact on the market. The 2020 bicycle boom was probably the biggest one in our recent history, and you can see it even in Google Trends. Now at the beginning of 2021, most of the bikes online are still sold out.

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Suppliers and distributors were hit as hard as consumers, resulting in production shortfalls and broken links between manufacturers and other bicycle-related businesses. Despite this confounding situation, there is light at the end of this long tunnel: Manufacturers are ramping up production of both components and bikes as the commercial world rebounds from circumstances that could not have been foreseen.

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About Alek Asaduryan

Alek Asaduryan is the founder of YesCycling and has been riding bikes and in the cycling industry since 1991. Since then, his mission is to make cycling more accessible to everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people to achieve that. When he's not out riding his beloved fitness bike, Alek reports on news, gear, guides, and all things cycling related.