Mongoose Tyax Elite review

Tyax is a mountain lake resort north of Vancouver, and while the Tyax Elite isn't a freeride bike for North Shore shennanigans, with its burlier tubing it's meant for more aggressive XC than the other bikes here.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £280.00 RRP
Mongoose Tyax Elite

Our review

Good fork, good ride, good value. A benchmark entry-level bike.
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Tyax is a mountain lake resort north of Vancouver, and while the Tyax Elite isn’t a freeride bike for North Shore shennanigans, with its burlier tubing it’s meant for more aggressive XC than the other bikes here.

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The top and down tubes are asymmetrical, becoming boxier and more oversized at the front end to add stiffness and strength – thanks to the chunky gusset – and it ought to survive any drop-off a £300 bike buyer will take it over. Its zero stack headset uses pressed-in cups, so the slop that can develop with fully integrated headsets shouldn’t be an issue. Chainstays and seatstays are chunky and stiff, which all adds up to more weight.

Out of all four test bikes, the Tyax Elite feels most at home on man-made singletrack, and this is due to its fork. While it carries the letters XCM – like the Revolution’s – this is a different beast. As well as the preload you’d expect, you get oil damping and adjustable rebound – which is something that you wouldn’t. With the fork not rebounding manically over every trail ripple, you can descend faster and more sure-footedly. It even climbs easier, because the fork tracks bobbly surfaces better. And on technical sections the very wide bar and well-balanced feel make for great slow-speed stability.

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Brakes and gears are only slightly more low-rent than its rivals, and the differences don’t add up to anything you can feel through the seat of your pants. In fact, because it handles better on technical climbs, it feels as if its gears had a 34T bottom cog instead of a 32. The Kenda Komodo tyres are reasonable ‘all condition’ treads, a bit like a budget Fire XC Pro.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Tyax Elite
Brand Mongoose

Weight (kg) 14.8
Saddle Speed V
Grip Type Lock-On
Max. Fork Travel 100mm
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Rear Tyre Komodo
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Komodo
Available Sizes L M S XL XS
Available Colours Black
Stem Alloy Threadless
Shifters ST-EF50 EZ Fire
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
Seat Angle 73
Rear Hub Disc
Bottom Bracket Cartridge Sealed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Pedals Non Supplied
Headset Type Threadless
Head Angle 71
Handlebar Rise 31
Handlebar 31.8mm XC Riser
Grips/Tape Dual Density MTB
Front Hub Disc
Front Derailleur Shimano C050
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork XCR 100mm Travel
Chain Z-72
Cassette SR/Suntour PF-41 11-32t 8sp
Handlebar Type Riser