Making a debut over at Deer Valley together with TeoCali Super was the 2011 Mongoose Salvo Elite. Mongoose tags the Salvo at about $1300 but gives you a sweet ride with a lighter front triangle and the use of a floating suspension system.
The new frame platform for the Salvo highlights the floating suspension which makes the setup of shocks easy to do and even promotes longer life of the shock. This also takes a chunk of the force your frame normally receives.
The 2011 Mongoose Salvo has water bottle mounting and adjustable 95-120mm travel. The adjustment can be done with a quick release lever which you can move to 95mm and this will stiffen the rear end. At this point, you can feel the bike snap around corners and gives you better pedal efficiency. If you move it to 120mm, you will feel a plushier rear but still gives you the edge you are looking for when you turn at corners.
The Mongoose 2011 Salvo Elite also comes with what Mongoose calls the Johnny Six-Pack. This is a customization area wherein plastic caps are placed over the bearings. They are detachable and can be replaced with say, you’re personal favorite bottle cap. In a way, this makes the Salvo Elite more yours.