Mongoose recently visited Bike magazine headquarters to show the revamped Teocali Elite and the new adjustable-travel Salvo Elite.
The Teocali Elite’s frame receives several notable updates for 2011. The headtube is now tapered, the toptube is formed for better standover and the chainstays are attached via a stiffer forged yolk. Additionally, the Teocali received stainless steel pivot hardware and the lower linkage pivot uses larger bearings for greater durability and stiffness.
Geometry wise, the Teocali sees a slight boost in travel to 150 millimeters (from 145) and the headtube angle is slackened a full degree to 68 degrees.
Like the rest of the Mongoose line, the Teocali Elite offers tremendous bang for the buck at $2,300. It comes adorned with all name-brand parts, SRAM X.7 shifters and derailleur, RockShox suspension front and back with a 15-millimeter through axle fork.
The Salvo Elite is a new bike for 2011 that uses a four-bar linkage with a floating rear shock. The Salvo’s rear travel is adjustable anywhere from 120 to 95 millimeters with the simple flip of a quick release lever. In the 120-millimeter setting, the bike has a more plush feel, and in the 95-millimeter setting the shock’s leverage ratio gets bumped up for a stiffer snappier feel.
The Salvo is a truly a penny saver, coming in at just $1,400. The component highlights are the Shimano SLX rear derailleur and RockShox Recon fork.