1979 Mongoose Motomag
Weighing in at 34 pounds (15 kilograms)...
...this was BMX before the "lighter is better" arms race began.
This bike has the totally unnecessary and insane distinction of completing RAGBRAI XXXVIII's century loop TWICE in one day.
From 1987 to 2008, this bike's head-tube held the crown for "World's Raddest Wasp's Nest" but those days are over - this bike is a rider!
Many thanks to the 1977 Mongoose Manual provided by vintagemongoose.com, where I learned how to properly adjust my axles, headset and bottom-bracket - and many thanks to bmxmuseum.com for their invaluable BMX Restoration forum.
Bike blog: BMXmongoose.com
"Prepare to eat my dust!"
"Okay, one more pose before I beat everyone."
For those who don't already know, RAGBRAI is a 7 day bicycle ride across the entire state of Iowa where you will be pursued by a horde of giant robots that are trying to kill you. Riders that make it to the end will receive a big-prize: their lives.
The release waiver mentioned something about dinosaurs.
Submitted by zeekle
- Company: Mongoose
- Model: Motomag
- Wheel Size: 20"
- Headtube size: 1"
Original Factory Parts:
Nickel Plated Frame: Chrome Moly (front tubes), Alloy Motomag II wheels, TANGE TX-1200 Champion forks, ashtabula stem, ashtabula cranks, sprocket, headset, bottom-bracket set, black vinyl seat, seat post and seat clamp.
Vintage 1970s & 1980s Parts:
TANGE TX-1200W Champion forks, Winners Circle Octopus Grips (black), Mongoose Gold Spider, KKT Rat Trap Pedals (chrome), Takagi Chainring (gold), DURA ACE alloy cranks (175mm), Pro Class Mini Rims, CO UNION Wheel Cover (aero disc), SATE-LITE 709 wheel reflectors, SATE-LITE 700 front and rear reflectors, "Mongoose" ZAP PADS (not pictured), Schwinn handlebars (chrome), chain tugs.
New Replacement Parts:
Z-Chain, new bearings for headset and bottom-bracket, Rat Trap pedals, KENDA "KONTACT" tires, BELL "COMP III" tires, Primo Comet with Kevlar Belt tires, Spur/Star style Chain Tugs (chrome), authorized reproduction stickers from bmxproducts.com
Long Distance Racing Parts:
Stem-Raiser (black, 21.15 mm) from sheldonbrown.com
22 INCH SEAT POST (chrome moly 4130, 1/8 inches thick, .22mm or 7/8 inch diameter) I smuggled it out of Area 51 but later I found out you can just buy them here: aedmotorsport.com