$159 for Single-Speed 'Mountain Bike' from Mongoose (sold at Walmart)

Earlier this year, we bought a fat-tire bike from Walmart and tested it in the snow. We’ve written on the mega-store’s go at single-speed as well as its 29-inch mountain bikes.

Now this. The bike pictured below — official name: 29” Mongoose Hex Men’s Fitness Bike — is a bit of a mystery design.

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$159 for the Mongoose Hex at Walmart

It’s sold as a “fitness bike” (whatever that is) but looks like a BMX/freeride-influenced mountain bike ride that could go off dirt jumps.

Or, is it a fixed-gear freestyle type rig? It’s a single-speed (not fixed) and looks a bit like the Airwolf from All City and other bikes in this niche.

We haven’t tested it yet, but thought the Hex was noteworthy, especially because of its low, low Walmart price.

For $159, you get an aluminum frame, single-speed (36 × 12 gearing), 29-inch wheel bike. Weight is about 30 pounds. The brand cites it as “versatile, lightweight and fast… ideal for anything from exercise to commuting.”

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Hex bike from Walmart

We’ll try and get on a Hex soon for a test ride. Mean time, if you’re a Walmart shopper as well as a rider looking to save some serious cash on a beater bike, this one might be worth a trip to a big box near you.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by Cheapskate - 06/17/2013 12:27 PM

Looks like the perfect commute around the neighborhood, not afraid of it getting stolen from outside the grocery store bike.

Posted by Dissapointed - 06/17/2013 02:32 PM

I believe that you are tarnishing not only your credibility by reviewing this bike and earlier Walmart bikes, but you are doing a disservice to the overall industry. Don’t let a walmart bike built on price live in the same world as something built for quality and durability.

Posted by a demo bro - 06/17/2013 04:20 PM

disagree ‘Dissapointed’ – i am a gear snob but almost find more enjoyment these days in finding cheap, durable, versatile gear – sometimes at hardware stores, Marshalls, maybe Walmart. That’s above and beyond the fact that some people can’t afford a $2500 tricked single speed 29er. I loved the Walmart fat tire review (its not like it was positive), and applaud GJ for expanding scope of reviews beyond the usual suspects.

Posted by AG - 06/20/2013 12:11 PM

I think it’s great you guys are reviewing these type of bikes! Not everyone can afford fancy pants bikes like most everyone on MTB Review! I have had expensive mountain bikes and I always end up back on my beater Raleigh. My town is crawling with bicyclists and 75% are Walmart bikes.

Posted by Gumbrinus - 06/20/2013 01:32 PM

While I do not own a tricked-out bike, I’d strongly suggest that anyone buying a cheap box store bike consider getting an immediate (and ultimately an annual) check/tune-up from a qualified bike mechanic. Regardless of whether your budget is $150 or $1500, the safety of a bike (both to the rider and fellow communters) requires a certain amount of maintenance upkeep and parts replacement. And in my experience (having bought my daugter a bike from a box store), a bike assembled and tuned by a pro is going to significantly outperform and outlast these pre-assembled bikes.

Posted by T.C. Worley - 06/20/2013 06:51 PM

As with anything, you get what you pay for. The value factor can be pretty low if you expect years of reliable service. Parts on Dept. Store bikes are super cheap, budget grade metals, and will not age well. Many are assembled poorly and lack grease and lubrication where they should have it. They’re destined for a short, frustrating term of ownership in most cases. These bikes have a market niche, but anyone looking for a “decent” bike should look elsewhere. Truth.

Posted by Dave - 06/20/2013 08:09 PM

I checked one out tonight at the local WM. Not bad at all! It’s light. Headset is oldschool of course, as are cranks. But the color looks way nicer (darker) than it looks online. I’m out of town but probably gonna pick one up this weekend. I love cheap beater bikes.

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