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#1 2013-02-18 7:13pm

Uric37
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1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

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1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

My Childhood Race Bike

This is a 1982 Mongoose 'base model'.  I say that because there seems to be some confusion (at least I am confused!) about the name of the base model for 1982-83.  Most people seem to call it a Motomag, but the 1982-83 catalog makes no mention of a model Motomag, and just seems to call it a "Mongoose".  Also, vintagemongoose.com has the Motomag being produced only until 1981.  I think it is a Mongoose II, as that model was already available in '81, but I'm not sure - that model is not available in the drop down menu for the museum; I think that's why everyone has it as a Motomag for '82.  Can anyone clarify this?
Anyway, I bought this bike used in summer of 1986 in Albany, NY, to replace my Huffy Pro Thunder.  I raced this bike in some local BMX races in Western Massachusetts (The Berkshires) and nearby areas from 1986 to 1988.  I changed around some parts including handlebars, brakes, tires, seat, and post.  I still happened to have the original tires, and put them back on for the pics.  I don't know what happened to the original handlebars and seat.
It was re-stickered as a 1986 Californian by the original owner before I got the bike.  I may change the stickers back to a Mongoose II at some point, but probably not; she has too much history with me looking like she does!  Salut!
Specs:
Frame / Fork - Mongoose
Handlebars - 1985 GT Performer
Wheels - Skyway Tuff II's with Mongoose logos
Tires - Carlisle 1.74 Comp IIs
Cranks - no logo, just "81" stamped on
Chainwheel - Mongoose 'snowflake'
Pedals - 'rat trap' generic
Seatpost - 1985 GT
Clamp - GT
Seat - Viscount Aero
Brakes - Dia Compe MX (rear brake lever is an Odyssey)
Grips - A'me
Number Plate - Haro


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#2 2013-02-18 7:54pm

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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

Mongoose II was all about the parts...


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#3 2013-02-18 9:33pm

Plucky173
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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

Nice bike!  cool
Just the way to build a race bike with the parts you had around and then race!


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#4 2013-02-19 5:51am

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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

I like it!big_smile


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#5 2013-02-19 7:15am

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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

I had a 1982 Mongoose 2 as a kid.  It was a base mongoose with lighter race components than the motomag.  Mine had ukai box rims, shimano hubs and brakes, and suntour pedals, which I believe were put on by the bike shop to sell the bike.  Rat traps were dead in my neighborhood.  Mine also had the butterfly bars, mongoose stoker stem, mx style mongoose seat, mongoose snakebelly tires.  I had one piece cranks, but I can't remember for the life of me if mine was snowflake or spider/chainring.

Good stuff.


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#6 2013-02-19 11:33am

Uric37
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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

@ Goosta - thanks for the insight on the components of your bike.  Mine was made in November, 1981, but I know it is a 1982 model because of the components.  I forgot to mention that the stem is a Sugino, which was not on the 81's.  Also, the Mongoose Tuff IIs came out in '82.

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#7 2014-02-18 3:58am

Dixon_Muffs
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Re: 1982 Mongoose Wire Wheel

I want those wheels:)

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