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Hello, /n/. I'm usually on /out/ and I've been looking into getting a bike (a road bike, specifically), and in my mention of it, I was gifted a use mongoose mountain bike. I said thank you, of course, and accepted the bike. Though I'm not too interested in it, as I don't know much about the quality, nor is it the kind of bike I was planning on getting. (But it's free, eh?)
Can anyone tell me about their experiences with Mongoose mountain bikes?
The bike I do believe is this one.
I'm really not sure about it, considering mongoose has evolved into a wal-mart brand, and the bike is pretty cheap.
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So, what do you think about carbon ?
It's... It's complicated. We have produced Metas and hardtail frames in carbon in 2007-2008. I went to China to visit these factories. It was a shock for me, because the conditions were a disaster. The workers were working on frames with only paper masks. Kids, I say kids, but they are not kids because they are 18 or 20, are working there weaving the carbon fibre. It's dangerous. When you speak with their boss, he says, "in my factory you don't stay too long because your life might only be five years." So they work six months and they change. All the suppliers are asking for cheaper and cheaper carbon frames. When I came back, believe me, I was not comfortable. I said, I will lose sales, but I do not want to produce carbon. We produce aluminium frames, strong frames, it's a game and we are not there to... kill... only because we want to save 300g weight. So I said, "No, I don't want to produce carbon." I have produced carbon in Toulouse for Nico Vouilloz and Cedric Gracia, 15 or 20 years ago. But it was made in a room with no air in it, with people wearing protective equipment, and it's very expensive. In China, for me... I do not want to communicate on this, I only talk about this because you asked about it. I don't say that all factories are the same, maybe some are cleaner, but, for the moment... And we are working on some other technologies, you will see next year or the year after... With carbon you cannot repair it, you cannot recycle it. Too many bad things.