Update: Check out my Mongoose Dolomite Unboxing post to read my first impressions.
Then there are a few extremely cheap fat bikes also for sale. Big surprise, they are all sold at Walmart. Walmart’s best-selling fat bike is the Mongoose Beast Fat Bike which sells for $189.55. I have read quite a few reviews of the single speed Mongoose Beast Fat Bike, including a recent review by GearJunkie. They claimed one of the Mongoose Beast’s biggest downfalls, other than being extremely cheaply made, was the single speed gearing. The fact that it weighs almost 50 pounds also makes it difficult to pedal especially being a 36front/18rear single speed. Read their full review.
However, I wasn’t aware that Walmart also sold a geared fat bike for around the same price until I saw a post on r/fatbike on reddit by silkymike. In his post, he pointed out the Mongoose Dolomite Fat Bike was on sale for $191.99 with free shipping. Costing about the price of an average fat bike rear hub, this 7-speed, one-size-fits-all tank weighs around 50 pounds. For the price, I thought, “What the heck, how bad could it be?”
So, I ordered it online and had it shipped to my house for fear I would be recognized while purchasing a fat bike at Walmart (I’m kidding, of course). I do have concerns because some reviews mentioned the bikes being damaged due to heavily damaged shipping boxes. I will post an unboxing update toward the end of the week.
I plan on riding it stock for a little bit and seeing what improvements I can make on a budget. I’m thinking that the tires will need to be replaced and the rims drilled out. I will strip it down and weigh the components to see if I can cut down on the weight. Also, I plan on providing a more comprehensive spec sheet because the Walmart website provides little information.
Photo Credit: Walmart Mongoose Dolomite Fat Bike
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