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Old 02-21-15, 10:40 PM
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Mongoose ATB Project

Here is my mongoose atb project. I just put the blue anod. Campy crank on. I have a set of phil first gen hubs and a brooks saddle that I'm going to be running on it as well. What do you guys think of the bmx bars? Should I put the stock risers back on or maybe some drop bars with Athena levers? Also can a bmx chain work with a 5 speed rear? The chain that's on it now won't fit down on the front sprocket teeth properly, which is why I think I need a bmx chain.
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Old 02-21-15, 10:43 PM
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Sorry for upside down pic, don't know why it does that. They aren't upside down on my computer???
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Old 02-21-15, 10:51 PM
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Sometimes phones will tag a pic as being upside down and some programs will read that tag and flip 'em automatically. The forum software doesn't, however.

As for the bars, I'd probably go Bullmoose.
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Old 02-21-15, 11:21 PM
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If I went with bullmoose bars, I'd definitely want to cut them down, they are crazy wide.
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Old 02-22-15, 07:34 AM
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If the chain is not meshing with the sprocket, the chain is probably worn out. As they wear, the spacing between the rivets gets longer. If the chain is too narrow, then you may need a 5-6 speed chain. A BMX chain won't have enough side-to-side flex to shift properly.
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What do I think of the BMX bars? Since you asked, I think they look awful on that nice bike. I would go bull moose, or north road, or drops, depending on your fit and plans. Nice bull moose bars are not cheap.

I usually go with drops, but I went north roads on my el cheapo project.

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Old 02-22-15, 08:02 AM
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A multi speed chain is not compatible with a bmx chainwheel. Sizing is 3/32nd vs 1/8 - doesnt sound like much but it is just enough that it is a no go

if thats a bmx crank, you need a different chainwheel for it
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I'd go with some chrome or blue anodized riser bars.

There are tons of models out there, but I'd select something that works with that stem, if possible.
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Nice looking bike. These early Mongeese were heavy, I seem to recall.

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I have a feeling that's a slingshot stem, so probably no dice with center bulge bars. Ano blue bars with clear grips would be pretty rad, tho. Maybe stem swap is in order.
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
A multi speed chain is not compatible with a bmx chainwheel. Sizing is 3/32nd vs 1/8 - doesnt sound like much but it is just enough that it is a no go

if thats a bmx crank, you need a different chainwheel for it
+1. Campagnolo chainrings in anodized colors were manufactured for use with BMX bikes and are incompatible with 3/32"-width chains. You need a 3/32" chain and a 3/32" chainring (as universally used with derailleur-equipped road bikes and mountain bikes) that fits on that crank spider.

Those Campagnolo anodized BMX cranksets are worth some money to collectors, by the way. You might consider getting a different crankset that's already compatible with a mountain bike drivetrain and selling the Campy crankset.
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+1. Campagnolo chainrings in anodized colors were manufactured for use with BMX bikes and are incompatible with 3/32"-width chains. You need a 3/32" chain and a 3/32" chainring (as universally used with derailleur-equipped road bikes and mountain bikes) that fits on that crank spider.

Those Campagnolo anodized BMX cranksets are worth some money to collectors, by the way. You might consider getting a different crankset that's already compatible with a mountain bike drivetrain and selling the Campy crankset.
I just ordered a blue anodized 1/8 chain and a 16 tooth acs single speed freewheel. Today I laced a first gen phil hub to the front wheel, and when I get more spokes in the mail, I will do the rear. Those blue ano bars look great, I will have to see if I can find some I like. Thanks for all the input, it's nice to be reassured before jumping the *** on parts that won't work.
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Nice bike there, I love chrome MTBs. If you have a slingshot stem on there, you can get 22mm motocross bars that will work. I googled "blue anodized motocross bars" and some popped up, if that's the look you are going for.
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Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
Nice bike there, I love chrome MTBs. If you have a slingshot stem on there, you can get 22mm motocross bars that will work. I googled "blue anodized motocross bars" and some popped up, if that's the look you are going for.
I saw those blue quad/moto bars, and they look like they would work well with the sling shot stem. Thanks for the advice.
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