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Old 11-15-11, 10:11 PM   #1
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Just finished up my '85 Mongoose ATB commuter!

Hey all, I am geeking out over this bike right now so I thought I would share! I saved this Mongoose down in Austin, TX as it was sitting in a state of disrepair and neglect. I re-used the awesome dia-compe brakes with new hangers and cables, kept the bars and sr split stem, mountain pro seat, and takagi cranks. It needed a new bottom bracket which I re-spaced for better chainline for the 1x9 plans, and then went with Deore Mega-9 with a rapid fire shifter. I had to notch the icey blue grips to shift cleanly, but it all looks so right that and feels so good that I couldn't ask for a better or more fun commuter bike! I'll try and get better pictures eventually but this was just from the first night ride when I finished it up.
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Chrome, rack and fender mounts, and if my eyes don't deceive me- a lowrider mount on the fork.

Awesome!
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That stem is pretty awesome. I've always liked the pseudo-bull-moose thing.
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Love it. Looks like a great frame for a really nice looking build!

Would love to find me a decent frame in that size, right now my townie/beater is a 19.5 MB-1 and it's just a bit small for me. Also missing quite a few braze-ons, but I digress.

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I really liked the Mongoose ATB I redid but it was a little small for me, I set it up as a commuter for one of my lawn mower repair customers and he loved it also after moving from a 6spd cruiser that he was riding. The pictures below are after I finished it for myself and before I installed front and rear racks and installed a different seat/post and a taller stem to give him more of a upright position.



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I have an '85 mongoose that is too large for me (21" I think), your beater would be perfect for me...

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Love it. Looks like a great frame for a really nice looking build!

Would love to find me a decent frame in that size, right now my townie/beater is a 19.5 MB-1 and it's just a bit small for me. Also missing quite a few braze-ons, but I digress.

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I know this is an old post but I am looking at a mongoose atb right now and was wondering how tall you are. I am 5'9" and I think the bike may be a 21.1/2

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I know this is an old post but I am looking at a mongoose atb right now and was wondering how tall you are. I am 5'9" and I think the bike may be a 21.1/2

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I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and a 17" ATB is about right for me.
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Old 07-20-15, 09:32 PM   #9
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Thanks, the offer is for $75. Looking to use the bike mostly for cuising around town and gravel paths. If it's too big for me I know a coworker who it would fit better.
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Old 07-20-15, 10:03 PM   #10
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They are fun bikes! They aren't light, but MTB gearing is made for getting up hills at all costs. I actually just replaced the seatpost and saddle since it was stolen off the bike. It was a good opportunity to put something with less setback so that I could get a little closer to KOPS.



Btw, what's the tag(s) for posting larger image sizes? @bianchigirl does this well.
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Old 07-28-15, 05:32 PM   #11
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picked up the 'goose last week and have been riding it around at work. Feels great. Not sure if it's big on me for trails but its perfect for cruising. now i need to find one for my wife!! Not sure why everyone says this is a heavy bike, it's really not bad at all.
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I finally found the catalogs for these.

http://www.vintagemongoose.com/pdfs/mongoose_cat85.pdf
@M.Goop, they weigh in at 32 lbs stock, which is porky in this day and age. It's totally normal for an 80's mtb though. And for a commuter/tourer/bomb around bike, it's totally fine and probably preferable since those tubes definitely won't be flexing.
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