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1999 Mongoose Motivator

#1 2020-02-17 9:38am

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1999 Mongoose Motivator

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1999 Mongoose Motivator

What motivates you?

Hi everyone,

This is my September 1999 built Mongoose Motivator.  I assembled this bike way back in the year 2000, when I was looking for a fun project.
I sourced all the parts from various bike shops in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.  Frame from here.  Forks from there.  Etc etc. Yes folks,  actual physical shops!  They had them back then.  ;-)
Anyway,  when I first built it I had a set of black slant spoke rims on it,  which looked pretty good to my mind (I've added a couple of photos of how it looked back then). I rode it up and down the driveway maybe twice to make sure everything worked the way it was meant to,  and then I put it away....... for 20 years.  It sat in several garages in that time,  gathering dust.   In the last week I figured I'd get it out and clean it up.   
Rather than go back to the old tuff copies I decided I'd give it a new set of shoes, which is what you see here.
Although this model was a cheapie (with a hi tensile steel frame rather than crmo), to this day I still think it's possibly the best looking frame to ever wear the mongoose name.  Shame it weighs about a ton......
Hope you like it as much as I do.

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#2 2021-06-14 1:58am

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Re: 1999 Mongoose Motivator

This bike is such a head-turner, fantastic job!

I just picked up the same bike for next to nothing - been sat in a shed for god knows how long, but it is in good shape, just a few tweaks to be made really. One thing I noticed is the stock bars are really small - what are the bars you have on this one if you don't mind me asking? They look a little higher than mine and they look the nuts too. BITD when I was riding a MT Racing Silverfox, the bars were a decent height and really comfortable, so I'd like to try and replicate that ride if I can.

Once again - superb work on this mate, it's my poster-bike/inspiration so there you go smile

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#3 2021-06-16 1:10am

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Re: 1999 Mongoose Motivator

Welcome to the museum PMEX.
Thanks too for the comment.  I really do like this bike. 
What can I tell you about the bars?  Well,  I got them when I was putting this bike together 20+ years ago.  They are branded mongoose (well,  that's what the sticker on them says anyway).  They are 27" wide,  with a rise of 10" (base of the bars to the top, when placed up against a flat surface). I find them just about perfect to be honest. Love the shape too.
Not sure if this helps,  but here's another angle of them.
Good luck with your build.  I'll watch with interest. https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/264856/20210616_17540160c9b1f13d.jpg

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#4 2021-06-17 6:01am

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Nice one, thanks fella smile

It's going to be a long process, like maybe one piece each month or something due to finances not being quite what they once were (cheers Covid). But I'm looking forward to creating my bike. I've got a plan to create my own decal set, something unique to this bike and go the customised route. Possibly. In a way, I wish the current decals were in a worse state, then I wouldn't think twice to rip them off and do it... but that little voice is in my head telling me to leave it the hell alone. Perhaps if it was something more valuable, sure... but it's only a cheapie really.

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#5 2021-06-17 7:47pm

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Re: 1999 Mongoose Motivator

I respect the effort some people go to to be catalog correct,  but I think some of the best bikes are the ones that are individual, and have at least a bit of their owner's personality built in.  Be it a few personal changes or a full on custom build,  as long as you enjoy it,  the path you've taken is the correct one.  Good luck with it.

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