Tame That Mongoose with a Cannon

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What could be better than finding a brand new bicycle under (er, next to) the Christmas tree on the morning of Dec. 25? How about two bicycles: the Mongoose KO for the boy who wants a trick bike and a Mongoose Deception for the father trying to keep up with him--and don't forget the Cannondale helmets to help ensure that their ride is safe.

The Deception ($219) has a 29" aluminum frame and big wheels (with lightweight alloy rims) that roll over everything, while the front suspension fork smoothes out the bumps. Front and rear disc brakes provide precision stops in all conditions. SRAM twist shifters change gears easily, which helps when there are 21 speeds (with Shimano rear derailleur) for all types of riding. The durable alloy platform pedals are a real plus, too.

As for the aptly-named KO ($159.99)--it's a real knockout thanks to its intense blue body and yellow rims--this beauty features a Mongoose designed frame, built-in cable stops, and reinforced head tube. The 60-spoke fan-laced box-section alloy rims offer added durability, while the threadless alloy four-bolt stem and box section handlebars stand up. There is a cable detangler for handlebar spinning and a screened jump saddle with built-in bumpers for protection. …