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WestPablo 12-10-13 08:22 AM

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?

JerrySTL 12-10-13 08:32 AM

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.

JackoDandy 12-10-13 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WestPablo (Post 16317325)
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. :eek: Great price though.

B8888S 12-10-13 12:04 PM

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.

squirtdad 12-10-13 02:39 PM

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.

WestPablo 12-10-13 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JerrySTL (Post 16317351)
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.

WestPablo 12-10-13 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JackoDandy (Post 16317759)
This guy liked it:

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

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

Yep, the price is absolutely unbelievable! However, the weight should be expected, given the enormous tire size :D

BeginnerCycling 12-10-13 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JerrySTL (Post 16317351)
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:

WestPablo 12-10-13 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B8888S (Post 16318017)
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! :D

WestPablo 12-10-13 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by squirtdad (Post 16318556)
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! :D

WestPablo 12-10-13 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling (Post 16318950)
This guy set up a front cantilever brake:

Given the proper fork, the mod suddenly becomes trivial! :D

Thanks BC! :thumb:

BeginnerCycling 12-10-13 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by WestPablo (Post 16318998)
Given the proper fork, the mod suddenly becomes trivial! :D

I think that's the stock fork, with some modifications to take the canti.

c_m_shooter 12-10-13 06:31 PM

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.

LabRat2k3 12-11-13 04:29 AM

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.

WestPablo 12-11-13 05:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling (Post 16319055)
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 (Post 16319365)
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! :thumb:

Quote:

Originally Posted by LabRat2k3 (Post 16320233)
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" ... ;)

indyfabz 12-11-13 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WestPablo (Post 16318945)
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.

JerrySTL 12-11-13 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling (Post 16318950)
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.

Chitown_Mike 12-11-13 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JerrySTL (Post 16317351)
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 (Post 16318888)
+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

arex 12-11-13 12:18 PM

I thought about getting a Beast, but ultimately thought better of it.

fietsbob 12-11-13 02:12 PM

Others have complained they put a crank with too high a gear on it , because Wally dont ride them.

WestPablo 12-12-13 09:33 AM

Introducing the Beast:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0h1SOnHqPs


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