Mongoose Lark Girls' Bike (18-Inch Wheels)
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- 18-inch girls' bike designed for kids between 6 and 9
- Low stand-style frame for easy mounting and dismounting
- Coaster and caliper brakes; unicrown fork for balance
- BMX-style handlebars; 48-spoke colored wheels
- Fun plum color scheme; training wheels and safety pads
- Low Stand frame with Unicrown fork
- 48 Spoke Colored Wheels
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Features: -Bike.-Material: Steel, aluminum, rubber.-Low stand style frame.-Coaster and caliper front and rear brakes.-Low stand frame with unicorn frame.-Number plate safety pads training wheels. Color/Finish: -48 Spokes colored wheels and bmx access. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Collection: -Mongoose collection. Warranty: -Warranty length: 1 year.
With its fun plum-colored design and easy-access stand-style frame, the Mongoose Lark 18-inch bike is ideal for girls between the ages of 6 and 9. The Lark is equipped with such features as coaster and caliper brakes that provide sure stopping power, a unicrown fork that enhances steering and balance, BMX-style handlebars with a quill stem for easy handling, and 48-spoke colored wheels that offer style and reliable performance. The bike's MX number plate, meanwhile, adds a cool style accent, as do the color scheme and cool graphics. And to keep your child safe while learning to ride, the bike comes with heavy-duty training wheels and safety pads.
Founded in 1974 in a Southern California garage, Mongoose has always been an innovator. From the company's initial cast-magnesium MotoMag wheels to its current crop of BMX, mountain, and pavement bikes, the Mongoose name has been synonymous with bicycle performance. Mongoose builds specifically for riders, which is why the company's BMX designers aren't wasting time watching reruns on ESPN2. Instead, they're constantly testing their new designs at the park, on the track, and on the hill. This continuous experimentation is what drives Mongoose to cook up things like the Front Porch head tube, which lets you fine-tune the handling on Black Diamond series mountain bikes, or Freedrive suspension technology, which eliminates pedal bob and provides a super-efficient full suspension. Mongoose bikes don't just push the limits; they set new ones.
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One came with a broken reflector attachment for the rear reflector. The other came with a torn handle (that goes on the handlebars).
I have tried on several occasions to call the Mongoose 800 customer service number and each time it has been busy. Either I'm always calling at the wrong times or it's always busy.
More serious - neither set of handle brakes work. My kids can only brake with their feet, and that is more important than the handle brake. The handle brakes are a total failure on both bikes because they don't release when the rider stops squeezing the handle brakes. I don't think these brakes were meant to be used, just for show. You can grip the brakes with your right hand but you have to use your hands to get the brake pads released. The brake pads are on the rear wheel.
I ordered two bikes and both had problems. But the frames are both good, the tires on both are good, the pedal brakes work on both, the seat and training wheels are ok on both. I had researched this purchase carefully and discovered that many other brands often come with problems and issues.
Opened it up to find all parts accounted for and a set of directions that are vaguely specific (i.e., huge manual, but the manual is written for a range of bikes, so you have to be familiar enough about bike construction to infer how to assemble. First problem I came across was that the neck of the handle bar was inverted (why I have no idea - can't be for shipping b/c there was plenty of room - AND there was no info in the manual to warn you of this, so it was probably a manufacturing mistake or packaging error). But it took a good 20 mins to figure out that the neck of the handlebars was inverted. After loosening bolts and flipping that, it attached fine. Then, here's where it really failed. The fork which connects to the front wheel was welded improperly so that one side was a bit too inward. It took another 40 minutes before I realized that the front tire simply would never attach b/c the fork was too narrow. I didn't realize this until out of frustration I walked out of the room, looked back at the bike (it was inverted with fork facing upward), and noticed that one side pointed a bit more inward than the other. I realized at that point this wheel could never fit b/c it was welded improperly (well I'm assuming this was Mongoose's fault - it could have been the not-so-stellar packaging and deliver too I suppose).
So, superficially it's a cute bike, but the only thing good about this whole purchase was that Amazon has been relatively efficient with the return. Although even that was somewhat poorly handled. I used the online system to file the refund and it explicitly says 2-5 business days for pick up by UPS. Thankfully, I was boxing it up today (the first business day), and as I was getting ready to seal it up, UPS showed up for it. The driver offered to come back tomorrow but I made him wait since Amazon told me 2 business days lol.
Lesson learned: I will NEVER buy a bike via Amazon (or the internet) again. I will pump some money into the local economy and go to an actual bike shop where I can point and walk out with it.
5/31/16 update - I dropped the rating for this from a 5 star to 4. We have had significant problems with the handle brakes - so much so, that we had to actually REMOVE them altogether just so my daughter can use her bike. Thankfully, she can still use the pedal brakes...DO NOT BUY IF YOU WANT THE HANDLE BRAKES - they're worthless.
My husband assembled the bike and I heard no negative comments about assembly. He did say that the front wheel bearing had been over tightened. He said that the instructions indicated that a special tool was need to deal with this problem. Being mechanically inclined, he was able to adjust it properly without the tool. I can't say how difficult that was to do.
The bike was for our granddaughter's 6th birthday. The size was appropriate and she loves it.
This came in its original box, although the box was fairly beat up. It had some holes in it, as a matter of fact, although there were no pieces missing or damaged. I put this together at a campground on vacation (had it shipped there) with minimal tools and it didn't take long at all. It is very sturdy and my daughter likes it. It's more of a purple color than pink.
There is no kickstand, which is a non-issue while the training wheels are on. Once they come off I'll be buying a kick stand for it. One feature I like, which I'm not used to on other bikes is that with the reverse pedal braking, once you engage it, you can get off the bike and it won't roll very easily, even on an incline. I really like the quick adjust seat for a kids bike, and the hand brake is a good addition as she learns to ride.