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Old 12-10-13, 08:22 AM   #1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This guy set up a front cantilever brake:
Given the proper fork, the mod suddenly becomes trivial!

Thanks BC!
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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.

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.
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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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I think that's the stock fork, with some modifications to take the canti.
You're right. That is a stock fork!

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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.

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.

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

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