Walmart 29er Mountain Bike

Retail bohemoth Walmart made cycling news last month when it released a $149 fixed-speed bike. This month, another Walmart surprise: Shoppers can now add a 29er mountain bike to their cart and wheel to the checkout for a low price of $199.

The “Men’s Mongoose Impasse” has an aluminum frame, rigid fork, disc brakes, 21 speeds, and a Shimano drivetrain with SRAM shifters. The “huge 29-inch wheels chew up terrain with ease,” according to Walmart.

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The 29” Mongoose Impasse

I haven’t seen this rig in person, so it’s difficult to make any evaluation. But there’s one review on the site already, apparently from a prankster with a pen name of “Doushy.” He hails from Georgia and writes “This bike is awesome! The 29” wheels roll over anything and everything! I was even able to roll over a 3” curb in my front yard with no problem! I think by riding this bike chicks will really start to dig me!”

Despite the joke, is the Walmart 29er — at $199! — a good buy? And the real question of the day: When will Walmart/Mongoose jump on the current cycling moment to release a cyclocross model or a single-speed mountain bike to round out its collection?

—Stephen Krcmar

Posted by John - 05/11/2010 09:28 AM

You get what you pay for. This is the lowest end bike Mongoose makes and it’s no surprise to see it priced at $199. Cheap components and wouldn’t be surprised if the frame broke on a 3” curb.

Posted by rerhel - 05/11/2010 10:56 AM

A mountain bike with a rigid fork? Nonstarter.

Posted by Jason - 05/12/2010 01:17 AM

Well I’m coming off a Jamis 26” w/ front shocks. I find this bike just as great if not better. I can ride wheelies for miles on it as well. Sure I will slowly change out components on it. But simple fact is. Frame hasn’t broke yet. I ride pretty hard. And the firm ride well just make me stay on my game a little more. Endo’s are easy the rigid front. Great bike for the price. components are very interchangable with other products. Already have Hydrolic rear breaks. Great Bike, Buying a second one for a back up for flat landing shows

Posted by Jason - 05/12/2010 01:32 AM

Well I’m coming off a Jamis 26” w/ front shocks. I find this bike just as great if not better. I can ride wheelies for miles on it as well. Sure I will slowly change out components on it. Already have Easton high handlebars thats my comfort. But simple fact is. Frame hasn’t broke yet. I ride pretty hard. And the firm ride well just make me stay on my game a little more. Endo’s are easy with the rigid front. Great bike for the price. components are very interchangable with other products. Already have Hydrolic rear breaks. Great Bike, Buying a second one for a back up for flat landing shows. Frame brakers and nonstarters, I’ll ride wheelies around you all day. Haaa Wallies got a good one for the buck this time around!

Posted by Kevin - 05/13/2010 01:59 AM

Me too, very pleased. I sold my specialized 29er because this bike out performs it in geometry on one wheel and two. Brakes could be improved with better pads.

Posted by shane - 06/04/2010 06:04 PM

I bought this bike as an intro to mountain biking and I love it. I have already put around 100 miles on it in all terrains and it does the job no problem. The only upgrade I have done to it is buying a more comfortable seat. Awesome bike!!

Posted by Greg - 06/14/2010 11:05 PM

I also bought one of these bikes and really like the bigger feel of the 29er over the little 26er. BIG difference. I am more confident in the rough sections and like the taller frame and wheels since I am a tall guy. The gears are not bad for the price and it feels rock solid. I don’t care for the supension bikes that eat up your power instead of laying it on the ground. Just get a suspension seat post and a better seat to protect you from the hard terrain and have fun!!!

Posted by George - 06/18/2010 06:56 PM

I bought the BIG EZ 29er ,, It rides awsome, i ride it on pavement up and down hills here in TX for the price it’s a great buy,, i take it to the bike shop once a month cause i ride it everyday,, I’ll never go back to a 25 26 27 bike again,, it great on uneven surfaces big rocks dirt, roads,, its awsome

Posted by ChunkY - 06/19/2010 11:04 PM

This bikes got issues while changing gears . It chnges aftr like fukin. 10 mins.. It’s a true cock Suker bike…

Posted by kaptainkirk - 08/22/2010 10:12 PM

for ChunkY…with ANY walmart bike..you HAVE to take it to a shop and get it set up/tuned up…the guys that assemble these are NOT rocket scientists…you get a pretty good value for the buck & can buy half a dozen of these for the price of a specialized…quitcher bitchen and enjoy life..all is not perfect

Posted by F(RKY)U - 08/31/2010 08:19 PM

i bought this bike on sale for 160$ turns out it was missing some parts. took it back then bought a new one of the same model. im a big guy i weigh about 300lbs and love riding this bike. it is a great value for the poeple who don’t like all the worthless garbage they put on the suspension bikes.

Posted by OdinRa - 09/15/2010 09:46 PM

I purchased this bike today, and for 170, and the first thing I did was take it apart and reassemble it myself, as the bike guy at Wal-Mart didn’t assemble it correctly. I used to be an avid rider, but I haven’t been on a bike in over ten years so I figured for the price it would be a nice way to get back into riding. Like most everyone else I am pleased with value of the bike. Yes it does require some tweaks here and there, and obviously a new seat, but overall I am happy with the purchase so far, and I just took it out for a ten mile ride. As far as the frame is concerned, I am have always been partial to rigid frames anyway, call me old fashioned. Well thats my two cents.

Posted by joseph nored - 11/18/2010 01:18 AM

I own one of these bikes walmart forgot to grease the bearings in the crankshaft, So i picked up a cartridge sealed bearing casing which ran me 40 bucks with install at the local shop but other than that real good bike couldnt be happier

Posted by bubba biker - 12/24/2010 12:10 PM

im like 60, i dont have one yet . goonna buy it fer krismas. think itl be good.

Posted by Frank - 01/16/2011 01:48 PM

I bought this bike and fell in love with it! I am a police officer and I am part of the police bike patrol team. This bike out performs our $700.00 dollar (Won’t mentiont name brand)bike quite a bit! It’s a great bike for the price!

Posted by bdesjardins - 04/22/2011 12:49 PM

the best buy i have ever did. as soon as i walked into the store to pick it up my eyes were glued to it.As soon as i took it for a ride i just never wanted to stop. boy do i love this bike. i rather buy this bike than a 500$ bike. This bike is just as good!

Posted by charles fleming - 05/09/2012 01:21 PM

Hello i am looking at the 29inch mountain bike and i was wondering if it is easey to come by at most of your stores close to myrtle beach S.C.

Posted by Honey Howell - 07/26/2012 11:06 AM

Now a days it’s the woman doing the fixing, biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and all else .. Can y’all start making products that refer to the fact that they are for women as well! I am one of those woman .. I’m the Wo!-Man! I got this Woman!

Posted by daniellarson00@gmail.com - 07/27/2012 08:48 AM

This bike is hands down the best bike I’ve ever seen. Coming from Walmart you know it’s good! It shifts like a dream and is as fast as a rocket. I got up to 13mph yesterday! I’m a very serious rider,as I ride every weekend. This bike is such good quality that I will never have to buy another one. I even drilled a few holes in the top tube of the frame and added a cup holder for my beer. I’m thinking about racing this bike in a few races,too. I know I’ll win because I bush hogged a figure 8 track in my backyard last week and plan on riding more. Mongoose all the way Baby!

Posted by Johnn - 12/02/2012 04:35 AM

Most of you guys are such self-righteous tools you can’t see a good value if it bit you in your skimpy little riding shorts crotch. I picked this bike up for 169.00 new on Amazon. Is anyone out there seriously telling me that for the money this isn’t one of the best values out there? Really. Sure you can feel great about blowing an $1500 wad to save yourself 5 pounds and get a click shifter…go ahead, knock yourself out. For an average rider, commuter, fun day trip biker – you can’t beat this bike.
100% no problems…I love it, I’m 6’3”..Buy it.

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