The Switchback line by Mongoose consists of entry-level mountain bikes with a steel frame option for riders that look for maximum value. The Switchback Comp Fem is a good introductory bike for someone who is just getting into mountain biking.
This 24-speed bike has a Suntour M2025 front suspension fork with 63mm travel. It has a hardtail frame made out of aluminum alloy with 26-inch wheels and a Shimano Altus brakeset. Front derailleur is a Shimano Tourney with a Shimano Altus for a rear derailleur. The cassette is a Sunrace, 11-32t, 8-speed, and the chainset is a Suntour XCC, 42/34/24t. Brakes are Promax Alloy V-brake with a KT alloy QR 32 hole front hub.
The Mongoose Switchback Comp was tested on several different trails in Moab, Utah as well as around the Salt Lake Valley area. With an extensive variety of trails ranging from beginning to expert, the Switchback was guaranteed to be given a good challenge.
The Switchback nicely handled the trails that were a little more groomed and level. Gear changing was without difficulty, and the bike seemed to shift smoothly. The front suspension cushioned the more rough terrain as the trail became more challenging.
Taking it up a notch, the Switchback did fairly well on the intermediate trails. The front suspension still performed pretty well on more difficult terrain although it became a little uncomfortable to sit on the seat with bumpier trails. The bike seemed pretty controlled when taking bigger corners and turns.
Even though it’s not geared toward more advanced trails, the Switchback did alright as long as I went slower, was extra cognizant of the ground and didn’t take a corner too fast.
The Mongoose Switchback Comp Fem is definitely tailored for the entry-level mountain biker. If you’re looking into cross-country mountain biking and just want to ride on more mellow trails with easier paths, this would be a great bike for you. It’ll give you a good feel for the difference of road to dirt trails in the mountains and whether or not you’d like to take the next step and venture out to tougher terrain.