1979 Mongoose Motomag
Stings like a bee............
I decided to do this as a 100% survivor build
I imported this frame as part of a complete from the states to the UK last year as a donor build. It was a very cheap buy it now for a complete and the guy offered very cheap postage so I jumped on it as i wanted lots of the bits from it. So I stole everything i wanted from it for other builds and was left pretty much with just the frame and forks.
............Fast forward a year and by accident, more than design, I ended up with most of the bits to put her back together in a similar style but with some slightly different parts and a few personal tweeks.
I took a little bit of inspiration from the 82/83 catalogue cover picture with the yellow tyres in place of the black as I liked the look of it with the yellow compII's but I couldn't find any so I went for some nice cheng shin knobblies in yellow to give a similar-ish look.
The bike is a total survivor including original paintwork and decals (check out the funky bike license seat tube decal) - there is not a single NOS part on her and there has been NO restoration or paint touch-ups at all - just some hot soapy water and a bit of a polish !
1979 mongoose frame in original black paint finish and original decals
1979 mongoose/tange nickel forks (original to this frame)
1977 unstamped tuff I's with bendix coaster
1980? cheng shin knobblies
oakley 2 grips (these were actually an option grip for mongoose bikes in the 79/80 catalogue)
sugino 40T chainwheel
union rat traps
mongoose stamped BB
mongoose stamped headset
mongoose stamped seat clamp
gold fluted post
early "TM" logo genuine mongoose survivor pad set