and switchbacks forced our riders to fight the bike a bit, but once
the trails straightened out again, the Teocali was ready to tear
down the mountain.
Braking: Shimano’s SLX brakes offer great bang for the buck.
They require very little maintenance to function properly and provide good performance out on the trails. The SLX brakes aboard
our Teocali had enough power to keep us safely in control, and the
one-finger levers provided all of our test riders with a comfortable
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
The Teocali has a respectable build kit, but a shorter stem is a
mandatory upgrade if you want to liven up the bike’s performance.
Spending time getting the suspension dialed in just right will also
uncork the performance possibilities of the Teocali. Due to the
many controls, the Teocali has lots of cables near the head tube
area that bounced around when we were heading down the trails.
We used zip-ties to help secure the cables and shortened the
dropper post cable to minimize clutter.
32. 4 pounds
Medium ( 18")
160mm ( 6. 3")
160mm ( 6. 3")
Manitou Mattoc Pro
Manitou McLeod King Can
Sun Ringle Charger Expert (23mm inner width)
Sun Ringle (spoke count 32h)
Schwalbe Hans Dampf ( 27.5x2.35")
WTB Volt Race
X-Fusion Strate (125mm travel)
Mongoose 35mm (760mm width, 15mm rise)
Mongoose 3D (80mm length)
Shimano XT (threaded BB type)
None (weighed with Shimano XT Race)
MONGOOSE TEOCALI PRO
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)
Riders looking for an all-mountain machine with 6 inches of
plush travel may find the Teocali suits their needs. The price
is a bit tough to swallow for a bike that sports an aluminum
frame and mid-level components, but the Teocali comes with a
suspension design that works well and proved reliable for our
testers. Mongoose has years of experience making high-performance bikes in every category—from dirt jumping to downhill.
As for riders who think Mongoose is just a big-box store brand,
that is simply not true. The Mongoose Teocali is as much a true
mountain bike as all the rest, and with a few minor tweaks, it
could be a fun bike for many years to come. ❏
The linkage: Mongoose designed the Teocali’s suspension
linkage around a Horst link design with 6-inches of travel. This
linkage paired with a Manitou McLeod King Can shock gives
riders a plush ride over any terrain.
Stopping power: Shimano’s SLX brakes bring good stopping
power and affordability to the table. Our test riders had no issues
with these brakes during our time aboard the Teocali.
Twenty-two-speed: The Teocali comes ready to rip with a double-ring Shimano XT crankset and an 11-speed cassette. The
XT rear derailleur features a clutch to prevent unwanted chain
movement, and the SLX front derailleur shifted smoothly.