So serial numbers that ran from May 1976 through to March 1981 will have three digits in sequence overtop the serial number of that frame. Note the flared shape of the 75 frame vs the later style which carried on through all the later years of this frame style and the extended seat tube. The bike rolls on a pair of Sun Ringle Charger wheels wrapped with Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires and has a clean look thanks to its internally routed derailleur and dropper post. While some companies may use no-name components that are cheap to manufacture, other companies are using high-end aftermarket parts that you would normally buy separately. Together, these parts work in harmony and provide riders with great adjustability.
When you spend more, you are paying for higher quality parts, materials, and construction. This range of complete bikes will be able to withstand lots of abuse and everyday riding. The Mattoc fork is highly adjustable with external adjustments for compression, bottom out and rebound. So, please come in and see what we have created out of our own passion for Vintage Mongoose bikes! Serial numbers from 1981 In April 1981 and onwards the frames were coded differently. We have been told that when the company was sold the new owners only wanted complete boxed bikes and the rest of the stock of frames were destroyed. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.
The photo above shows the Expert size—one of the four we purchased for loaners at our track. Descending: Send it: This all-mountain machine is built for ripping down trails and catching some sweet hang time. While these bikes are cost effective, they use lower quality materials and components, meaning the bike will not last as long as some of the higher-end completes. When you spend more, you are not only paying for a higher quality frame, but also the components that go with it. Check out the link below for full specs Links. Our test riders thought that a 60-millimeter stem would better suit the Teocali and give it a more lively feel.
The Team Mongoose, Team Minigoose and Supergoose, all should have a T in this area. This range of bike is ideal for riders that want an affordable bike that will be able to take some abuse. We have spent a lot of time gathering information from many, many sources, including our friends at , , and. They differ in construction and components, and are built to suit specific styles of riding. This was done to give better clearance for the chain.
The serial numbers were hand stamped on the bottom bracket tubes then packed in empty beer boxes waiting to be welded to frame tubes. Up front is a Manitou Mattoc Pro fork with 160 millimeters of travel, along with a Mongoose- branded cockpit. This category of bike covers all the bases, using components that will be useful for any style of riding. Another feature of an early frame built in 1975 - 1977 was the extra single gusset above the bottom bracket. Frames Identifying the serial numbers on the early Mongoose frames is actually quite easy and intuitive. Freestyle Completes — Freestyle complete bikes cover several different categories of riding, including park, dirt, and vert. On technical climbs, we liked the suspension a little more active to help maintain traction over rocks and roots, while smooth fire roads called for the suspension to be stiffer so we could charge them out of the saddle.
The brake levers are a bit to far for his hands and you have to apply decent pressure to squeeze which he couldn't do right yet. The Team Mongoose and Supergoose frames are a little different. When you get your bike, be sure to take the time to properly assemble it — the most complaints surrounding Mongooses could have been avoided by proper assembly. The next letter in the sequence is the month code. We have established this site because we have become aware of the many other loyal Vintage Mongoose owners and former owners throughout the world who want information about their Vintage Mongoose bikes. Thanks to Mick and for their work and help in getting this website up and running. This range of bike can be a good choice for riders just getting into the sport.
This is the best option for people that are new to the sport. A further feature was the headtube was offset to extend more to the bottom than it was to the top. With alloy caliper front brakes, rear U-brakes and a durable steel freestyle frame, this baby is ready to ride and will always maintain its sleek look. The frame used on the complete bike should be your next biggest consideration. These completes use higher quality frame materials and some aftermarket parts. I bought it for my son for his 7-yr bday.
As before, the letter indicates the month and the first number or the second digit in the sequence indicates the last number for that year. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program You must return items in their original packaging and in the same condition as when you received them. Completes are no longer the cheap, heavy setups they once were. This guideline also applies to Team Mongoose, Supergoose, Jag, Blue Max, Roger DeCoster, Super-X, and Moto-Trac frames. Thanks for visiting our site! A feature of an early 1975 frame is the brake tab. This choice will have a direct impact on the size, components, and price range you should be considering.
They require very little maintenance to function properly and pro- vide good performance out on the trails. After the company was sold to Service Cycle, it seems all frame production was moved to Tiawan. News will be covering the Elite in a future Product Spotlight. The early 75 coaster brake tab is also thicker and is comprised of two layers of steel welded together Another feature of an early 1975 frame was the chainstay brace where it connected the seat tube. Types There are several variations of complete bikes. Our test riders looked for every opportunity to rocket the Teocali into the air. We have seen the postings of Factory Dads, keyboard warriors and self-described purists on social media, unfairly criticizing these bikes, comparing them to custom-built bikes a top expert might ride, with carbon and titanium all-around.
The use of aftermarket parts will increase the durability and lifespan of a complete bike. Start a subscription by clicking here or calling 800 767-0345. Both frames looked the same but we need some way of determined the difference due to the frames being nickel plated or powder coated paint ,it was impossible to tell the difference in the material for warranty reasons. Sizes While some of the parts on a bike will affect sizing, it is most important to consider the length of a frame when deciding on which bike will fit you. For more about frame types and designs, read our. Our Mission Statement: This site was created out of a passion and a dream between two friends on two continents, it is a place where all are welcome and it is free for all to enjoy.