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1984 Mongoose mt. bike I picked up today...(2 posts)

1984 Mongoose mt. bike I picked up today...girchygirchy
May 2, 2003 8:18 PM
This is on MTBR's passion board, but I copied and pasted it into here. Thought some of you might like to see my new toy.

Just picked up my friend's '84 Mongoose bike today. He's moving tomorrow, so he wanted me to get it so he wouldn't have to worry about it. It's a fully rigid steel bike, but I'm not sure about the model. It has these great old school Mongoose decals on the frame...

and has this interesting head badge...

The decal at the bottom of the seattube says "Made in Tiawan for BMX Products, Inc, Moorpark, CA, 1984".

As you can sort of tell from the picture, it's a deep red metallic. There's VERY little rust, but the top tube has some marred spots. It's a large frame, 22" C-C, with godawful monstrous 28" handlebars. It appears to have a 1" threaded fork. I really like the stem, an interesting triangular one I've seen only once before...

The rims are also quite interesting, they have holes drilled between each spoke, I guess to save weight. They're Pro Class rims laced to SR hubs. I might try to use a spare wheelset I have in the basement, though, since the bearings and spokes are in better shape.

Component-wise, it has big splayed-out Dia-Compe cantis, which can't be replaced with V's because of the spring hole locations. I think they'll work ok though, and I want to keep with the original look.

The levers are Dia-Compes too, with Suntour XC thumb shifters. I'm psyched about these, it's been a while since I've used thumbies, and these are in amazing shape.

The front derailleur is an Suntour Alpine Gear Tech...

and the rear a Suntour Mountech.

The BB is a Tange, the cranks Takagi Tourney GS with Takagi XT 48/38/26 (?) rings. The freewheel is a Suntour Pro-Compe, don't know the teeth count, but it has five cogs.

I'm awfully happy with this thing, I'm going to have some fun with it! I was thinking of converting it to a singlespeed, but was talked out of that idea on mtbr. So I'll probably just put my slicks on it, and use it as a commuter this summer. I'm sure I'll start riding it around campus too, so I won't have to worry about my Hardrock getting nabbed. It'll get some trail use (I'm donating my Hardrock's tires to it) too.

This bike is in such amazing shape for being 19 years old, it's like stepping back in time.

Neat bike... it looks likerwbadley
May 2, 2003 8:37 PM
it must weigh a good 32lbs or so. Not that's a bad thing. Enjoy the bike it should be a nice ride, even 19 years ago they might have had a clue. ;-)