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    Walmart's mongoose beast

    So what do you guys think of the Mongoose Beast as a single speed for short errands and commutes on flat terrain?
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    Looks like fun. I see two problems though.

    The specs say that it has a 250 lb weight limit.

    I'd like a front brake and it doesn't look like there's even an economical way to put some on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    So what do you guys think of the Mongoose Beast as single speed for short errands and commutes on flat terrain?
    This guy liked it:

    http://rideonpurpose.blogspot.com/20...ose-beast.html

    It weighs 47lb and those wheels are huge. Great price though.

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    My 29er MTB on 2.2" tires already feels like I am driving a dump truck on the road.

    That thing would be fun in the snow, sand, or mud though.

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    thread here http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...goose-is-loose

    if you want kinda out of there style along with slow and lot's of work...go for it.

    but if you are commuting anything over a mile or two..... I would bet you will be less than excited, really soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
    Looks like fun. I see two problems though.

    The specs say that it has a 250 lb weight limit.

    I'd like a front brake and it doesn't look like there's even an economical way to put some on the bike.
    +1

    Yeah, I hear ya!

    I too would love to have front brakes! Doesn't look too promising getting them easily onto the bike.

    * Most bike companies would be reluctant to suggest the riding of their bikes to folks weighing over 250 LBS. Therefore, I wouldn't worry too much about that, so long as I have a solid steel frame and wide (fat) tires. IMO, adjusting the tire air pressure can be quite instrumental in cushioning impact between the road surface and the overweight cyclist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackoDandy View Post
    This guy liked it:

    http://rideonpurpose.blogspot.com/20...ose-beast.html

    It weighs 47lb and those wheels are huge. Great price though.
    Yep, the price is absolutely unbelievable! However, the weight should be expected, given the enormous tire size
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
    I'd like a front brake and it doesn't look like there's even an economical way to put some on the bike.
    This guy set up a front cantilever brake:
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    Quote Originally Posted by B8888S View Post
    My 29er MTB on 2.2" tires already feels like I am driving a dump truck on the road.

    That thing would be fun in the snow, sand, or mud though.
    I think I'd like to try it out as sort of a kinda Beach Cruiser too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    thread here http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...goose-is-loose

    if you want kinda out of there style along with slow and lot's of work...go for it.

    but if you are commuting anything over a mile or two..... I would bet you will be less than excited, really soon.
    You're most probably right! However, the bike's so cheap and interesting, that I think I'm gonna give it a go anyways!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling View Post
    This guy set up a front cantilever brake:
    Given the proper fork, the mod suddenly becomes trivial!

    Thanks BC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    Given the proper fork, the mod suddenly becomes trivial!
    I think that's the stock fork, with some modifications to take the canti.
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    There is a long thread about them on MTBR. They are geared too high to ride trails stock, besides they difficulty of trail riding without a front brake. If you lower they gearing so you can get some torque, the first thing to fail will be the rear hub, the second will be the bottom bracket. If you are handy with a torch, canti studs can be brazed on allowing you to run a set of pugsley wheels that will cost twice what you originally payed for the bike.

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    Can't say I have direct experience with that bike, but what I do know is you very seldom hear the phrase, "I wish I would have bought a lower quality bike". I have found it best to buy the highest quality that fits into your budget. Through trial and error I have came to embrace the buy once cry o ce philosophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling View Post
    I think that's the stock fork, with some modifications to take the canti.
    You're right. That is a stock fork!

    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    There is a long thread about them on MTBR. They are geared too high to ride trails stock, besides they difficulty of trail riding without a front brake. If you lower they gearing so you can get some torque, the first thing to fail will be the rear hub, the second will be the bottom bracket. If you are handy with a torch, canti studs can be brazed on allowing you to run a set of pugsley wheels that will cost twice what you originally payed for the bike.

    If you are getting one for occasional laughs, go for it, but don't expect it to do what a Fatbike is designed to do.
    In that case, it would appear to be too troublesome for investment.

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat2k3 View Post
    Can't say I have direct experience with that bike, but what I do know is you very seldom hear the phrase, "I wish I would have bought a lower quality bike". I have found it best to buy the highest quality that fits into your budget. Through trial and error I have came to embrace the buy once cry o ce philosophy.
    +1

    I would say that, "In life, you pay for whatever you get" ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    Yep, the price is absolutely unbelievable!
    That may be so, but the price sounds like a lot to shell out for a short commute/errand bike on flat terrain. My mellon baller is from Ikea, not Williams Sonoma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling View Post
    This guy set up a front cantilever brake:
    Cool. Using some kind of clamps on the fork. Looks like Moots use to make such a clamp decades ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
    Looks like fun. I see two problems though.

    The specs say that it has a 250 lb weight limit.

    I'd like a front brake and it doesn't look like there's even an economical way to put some on the bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    +1

    Yeah, I hear ya!

    I too would love to have front brakes! Doesn't look too promising getting them easily onto the bike.

    * Most bike companies would be reluctant to suggest the riding of their bikes to folks weighing over 250 LBS. Therefore, I wouldn't worry too much about that, so long as I have a solid steel frame and wide (fat) tires. IMO, adjusting the tire air pressure can be quite instrumental in cushioning impact between the road surface and the overweight cyclist.


    This thread was already referenced but one guy added brakes on the front, see on page 2 a little ways down.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...mongoose+beast
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    I thought about getting a Beast, but ultimately thought better of it.
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    Others have complained they put a crank with too high a gear on it , because Wally dont ride them.

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    Introducing the Beast:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0h1SOnHqPs

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    I bought a beast last September.

    I have put a couple hundred miles on it.

    Here is my rundown:

    Doing some off-roading, misjudged a bump, slammed down on the saddle, bent the seat post (slightly).

    i was running it at maximum exposed tube, and needed just a little more height for my 6'3" height. I was going to upgrade to a longer seat post, this cemented that thought. Still rideable with the slight bend, I did not want to risk breaking it though.


    I also got a 22 tooth cog (and a new chain) to lower the gearing. If you have a square taper crank with smaller chainring on hand, that should work without getting a new chain. With the original 36 tooth crank, to go up to 22 tooth cog a new chain was needed, a few spare links of the appropriate chain might work, I didn't have some on hand to try.


    I got a flat on my maiden voyage. I was running over stuff I would normally avoid because I could, a sharp stick went through.


    I put some tyvek tire liners in, haven't had a flat since.



    climbing a ~10% hill I broke the hub driver. As a result I lost ability to brake or power the rear wheel. Called pacific cycle, they shipped me a total new rear wheel for free (quick too).


    That is the bad.

    The good: I have never had more fun on a bike before. It is also a great workout. Finally, everyone who sees it says something about those tires.


    conclusion: get one as a toy, not an everyday rely on steed. I have ridden mine to work, but only a couple of times, I don't consider it especially reliable.


    Hope that helped

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