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#1 2011-09-15 12:38am

Brix
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1985 Mongoose Californian

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1985 Mongoose Californian

Motomag-style '85 Cali


This bike was built for my older brother, who got me into BMX in the first place. I bought the frame/fork on eBay, and it came with the following original parts:
-SR Sakae stem
-Pro Class chainwheel
-SR Cosmo-Lite crank
-SR Pedals
-Laidback seat post with Dia Compe MX clamp

The parts I added were:
-Motomag II wheels with ACS Freecoaster rear hub
-Kenda dirt tires
-KMC chain
-Unknown chrome V-Bars
-Repop Mongoose grips
-Odyssey 1999 front brake and lever
-Viscount padded seat
-Black vinyl pads (I realize the GTX frame pad is incorrect, but it was all I could find and it matches so it'll have to do.)

2019 update:
I added pictures 1 through 4 to show the updates that my brother has made:
-Fat street tires
-Bell mountain/road bike style seat
-Blue KMC chain
-Rear Odyssey 1999 brake and lever to match the front


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#2 2012-01-04 11:16am

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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Needs some pro class wheels. Nice build.


"you're gonna need a bigger boat"

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#3 2012-01-04 12:44pm

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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Ghastly wrote:

Needs some pro class wheels. Nice build.

Thanks! I realize the Motomag II's aren't exactly "era correct" by definition, but this bike was a gift for my brother and the Motomag II's were the main requirement I was pretty surprised when I saw this new toy in the store the other day. You would almost think they stole my idea!! I just had to buy it.

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#4 2012-10-01 2:13pm

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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

cool and the packaging too!
Saved as a fave! wink


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks wink
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#5 2012-10-01 5:51pm

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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Thanks, John!!cool

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#6 2012-10-02 3:01pm

johnng23604
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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Brix wrote:

Thanks, John!!cool

wink


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks wink
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#7 2015-08-16 8:47am

rbell1970
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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

That's one nice Goose!looks killer with the motomags,I need some of those:)


Countdown To The Weekend,BMX FOREVER!

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#8 2015-09-04 12:59am

JR85
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From: San Gabriel Valley (L.A.)SoCal
Registered: 2015-03-28
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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Brix wrote:

Ghastly wrote:

Needs some pro class wheels. Nice build.

Thanks! I realize the Motomag II's aren't exactly "era correct" by definition, but this bike was a gift for my brother and the Motomag II's were the main requirement I was pretty surprised when I saw this new toy in the store the other day. You would almost think they stole my idea!! I just had to buy it.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/8 … A1500_.jpg

Oh man that's a nos bike and nos frame


That bike ain't no survivor! That thing is on life support!

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#9 2019-07-06 4:34pm

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Re: 1985 Mongoose Californian

Happy 4th of July weekend to all!

I visited my brother in San Antonio this holiday and caught some updated pictures of this Mongoose that I built for him back in 2011. He's made some changes to the parts (see pics 1-4)...most notably the fat tires which I personally think look awesome!! I rode it around and had a blast...just a fun all-around bike. I'm glad he made some tweaks to his preferences....that shows me he's still passionate about BMX after all these years. cool

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