How to Assemble a Mongoose Salvo

You’re almost ready to get out there and hit the trails with your new Salvo full-suspension mountain bike!

We’ll show you how to assemble your ride with the quick start guide below. Be sure to read it along with your Mongoose mountain bike owner’s manual. Both contain important safety information.

 

You’ll need the following tools:

  • Scissors
  • Lithium-based grease
  • 4 mm hex key
  • 5 mm hex key
  • 6 mm hex key
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 15 mm wrench
  • Bike pump

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Unbox the Bicycle

Take all bike parts out of the box and carefully remove packing materials.

Step 2

Install the Seatpost

The Salvo comes with one of two kinds of seatposts: a standard seatpost (Step 2A) or a dropper post (Step 2B). Identify which seatpost you have and follow the corresponding step below.

Step 2A

Install Standard Seatpost

Apply grease to the inside of the seat tube. Use a 4 mm hex key to open the seatpost clamp, then slide the seatpost into the frame. Ensure the seatpost is inserted past the minimum insertion line marked on the post. Align the nose of the seat with the frame of the bicycle. Tighten the seatpost clamp.

Step 2B

Install Dropper Post 

Apply grease to the inside of the seat tube. Look inside the seat tube for the dropper post cable and pull it up so that it protrudes from the tube. Insert the locking cable end through the slotted hole on the bottom of the dropper post. Then, open the seatpost clamp with a 4 mm hex key and insert the dropper post into the seat tube. Ensure the seatpost is inserted past the minimum insertion line marked on the post. Align the nose of the seat with the frame of the bicycle. Tighten the seatpost clamp.

Step 3

Install the Handlebar

Use a 5 mm hex key to remove the headset cap and set it aside. With a 6 mm hex key, loosen the side bolts and then slide on the stem. Replace the headset cap and tighten all bolts.

Step 4

Install the Front Wheel

Remove the disc brake pad spacer. With the 6 mm hex key, remove the thru-axle from the fork. Apply a small dollop of grease to the thru-axle.

Lift the front of the bike and roll the wheel back. Ensure the brake disc goes into the caliper, then lower the fork dropouts so that they align with the axle. Insert the thru-axle and tighten it using the 6 mm hex key. Ensure the wheel is centered in the fork.

Step 5

Adjust and Tighten the Handlebar

Align the handlebar with the front wheel and fully tighten it by tightening the side bolts on the stem.

Tighten and position the front reflector using the Phillips screwdriver.

Step 6

Attach the Pedals

Pedals are side-specific; match them to the corresponding crank arm using the stickers. Apply a small amount of grease to the pedal threads. Hand-thread and then tighten the pedals toward the front of the bike with the 15 mm wrench.

Step 7

Inflate the Tires

Inflate the tires to the recommended PSI printed on the side of the tire. Never exceed the recommended PSI.

Step 8

Do a Quick Safety Check

Push and pull on the handlebars and seat to make sure all parts are secure. Test the brakes to make sure they work. Finally, be sure to read your owner’s manual.

That’s it! Strap on your helmet, and you’re ready to ride.