Mongoose Status 2.2 Women’s 26-inch Wheel Mountain Bike Review

Did you know that mountain biking is one of the healthiest sports around? However, to get the most out of your cycling adventure, you need an ideal ride that packs all the features that riders look for in a mountain bike.

In case you're a seasoned rider, then I bet you've heard a thing or two about Mongoose. This is a brand that manufacturers affordable, durable, high-performance bikes to satisfy the needs of every bike fanatic.

Among its highly sought-after models is Mongoose Status 2.2 Women's 26-inch bike. In this article, I'm going to review the features, benefits, and any drawbacks associated with this bike. Who knows, it might just be the ride you are looking for.

Weight:

42 pounds

Frame:

Aluminum

Speed

21 speed

Brake:

v-brakes

Fork:

Suspension fork

Shift Type:

Grip Shift

Frame Size

16-inch

Features of Mongoose Status 2.2 Women’s 26-inch Wheel Mountain Bike

Now it's time to dig deeper into the features of this women mountain bike and what benefits you get from them. To avoid unnecessary fluff, I'll be looking at the top 6 features that count in this bike. Well, let's get straight to it!

Lightweight Step-Thru Aluminum Frame

Unlike men, women experience some difficulties getting in and out of a bike. Mongoose Status 2.2 bike offers the solution of a step-thru frame. This low-profile frame gives an easy time getting in and out of the bike without tipping over.

Apart from the step-thru design, the frame offers the convenience of a lightweight aluminum construction. I'd say the 42-pound weight of the bike is quite average compared to other bikes out there.

This gives easy portability, especially when carrying the bike or pushing it uphill. As you can see, the frame features are built with women riders in mind.

Handlebar
back wheel

Comfortable Full-Suspension Fork:

Being jolted around during a ride is something you don't want. Well, this bike gives the solution of a full-suspension frame. By smoothening out bumps and absorbing road shock, the full-suspension forks give better control and lessen body impact on rough trails.

This gives Mongoose Status 2.2 the ability to venture into many different terrains without sacrificing user comfort. The full-suspension mechanism ensures that the tires are always in contact with the ground for improved traction.

Smooth-Shifting 21-Speed Rear Dérailleur

Unexpected inclines and steep slopes are something you should expect in mountain biking. In fact, this is what earns it the name. To keep you at the ready, you need a set of reliable gears that can adjust to the various inclines.

Mongoose Status 2.2 mountain bike arms you with 21-speed gears. The gears make shifting quick and smooth. The best part about these gears is that you get to conquer unforgiving terrains while applying less effort.

Lightweight 26-Inch Wheels with Strong-Grip Knobby Tires

This bike uses traditional 26-inch wheels known for being nimble and lighter. These wheels provide better acceleration and snappier change in direction. Alloy rims and steel hubs provide a strong wheel set that can take a beating on the rough trail. 

At 2.125 inches wide, the tires used on this bike are beefy enough to absorb road shock and roll over obstacles. In fact, these tires hold up well if you're planning to do some dirt jumping.

Front wheel
seat

Powerful Front and Rear V-Brakes

Brakes are among the top safety features that riders look for in a bike. This mountain bike uses traditional V-brakes to give you the stopping power you need. Though not as effective as the advanced disc brakes, a V-brake has its own benefits. This brake weighs less keeping the overall weight of a bike to a minimum. Furthermore, V-brakes are simple to service and repair.

Wide Angled Handlebars

The handlebars of this bike are slightly angled to keep the rider in an upright position. This gives a healthy posture good for spinal alignment. The handlebars are also made wide to give more leverage. This keeps your hands at shoulder width providing comfort and better control.

Pros:

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    Powerful easy-to-service V-brakes
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    Easy mounting step-thru frame
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    Smooth and quick shifting
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    List Element
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    Awesome comfort and better control for rugged terrains
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    Knobby tires that withstand rigors of off-road biking
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    Straight handlebars keep rider in a healthy upright position

Cons:

  • V-brakes pads wear fast and are affected by wet and muddy conditions
  • Roll-over ability of 26-inch wheels is quite low
  • Putting the bike together is quite tricky

Features at a Glance:

  • 21-speed Shimano rear derailleur
  • Full-suspension forks
  • MTB step-thru aluminum frame
  • Knobby 2.125-inch tires
  • Front and Rear V-brakes
  • Quick-release seat post
  • 42-pound weight

Who is it Made for:

Just as the name implies, Mongoose Status 2.2 is a bike specially designed for women riders. Considering its frame size, I'd say it provides a perfect fit for female riders who are 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does this bike have a trigger shift or grip shift

A: The bike has a grip shift

Q: What is the frame size of the bike

A: It has a 16-inch frame

Final Verdict:

This mountain bike services the needs of female riders quite well. It offers good riding comfort and great performance at a price that won't break the bank. However, the brakes tend to wear out fast and the assembling process is quite a headache. But overall, this is a good bike I'd recommend to female riders looking for an entry-level mountain bike.

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