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    Hi!
    This is my first post.
    I just got this bike off ebay (germany) for 225€. It seems to be pretty identical to the mongoose dolomite, but it has an alloy frame, stem, handlebar, seatpost and crank! The front and rear hub and headset bearings were too tight. Fork is a little bent. Weld looks solid. I will keep you updated, as soon as i put some miles on it. 3x9-speed is intended. May take some weeks, though.
    Awesome thread so far!
    Lots of great ideas and intructions.
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    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spf808 View Post
    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
    The Dolomite, Hitch and Malus use a freewheel style and not a cassette style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spf808 View Post
    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
    Cassette and Freewheel are completely different systems
    and they are not interchangeable
    freewheels do not come in 11-32. the 11tooth high gear is simply too small to physically fit on a freewheel. 15 is the usual limit on these.
    Additionally they are Usually only 7 speed, a few are 8 but these are unusual and may not fit.

    Cassettes are definitely better, both for durability and gear options.
    But since the systems are integrated into the wheel hub, upgrading is extremely costly.

    learn more here: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html

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    Thanks, that was helpful guys. Sometimes I need things spelled out for me. I don't have the luxury to buy parts that might .ot fit or work with my setup.

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    Hey guys! I just owed my first bike/dolomite. Im currently in the process of painting the bike to my like and comfort. Im in a tight spot now trying to choose a different handle bar and seating for the bike. I had me mind to have a hydraulic seat pole for a smoother ride even though the tires will issues that sort of help but I'm looking to advance the bike to my liking. I will upload photos one day to shout you all I'm getting my hands into.

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    Where did you manage to get your seat post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elpuru View Post
    Where did you manage to get your seat post?
    I got a Kalloy one off ebay for $18. It worked OK, and was better than some I've used. Just came across this earlier today when looking for my kid's bike. Cheap $10 gamble. If anybody gets one, post how it is.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B071CPBLLW
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    Quote Originally Posted by elpuru View Post
    Hey guys! I just owed my first bike/dolomite. Im currently in the process of painting the bike to my like and comfort. Im in a tight spot now trying to choose a different handle bar and seating for the bike. I had me mind to have a hydraulic seat pole for a smoother ride even though the tires will issues that sort of help but I'm looking to advance the bike to my liking. I will upload photos one day to shout you all I'm getting my hands into.

    I'd recommend buying a cheap stem and upgrading to 31.8mm handlebars. I waited for a sale on Nashbar and bought these:

    Nashbar Black Ops Flat Mountain Handlebar

    and used this cheap but durable stem:
    Mountain Bicycle Road Bike Handlebar Stem Aluminum Alloy 1 1/8" 31.8mm Black | eBay

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    Found this bottom bracket in my Costco version. It had sealed bearings. I was going to install the YST kit, but wouldn't sticking with this be better? If not, I'm going to have to try harder at pulling the axle out.

    https://imgur.com/a/zGsiQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guapo613 View Post
    The Malus has a 110mm bottom bracket I believe. If that is the case, this is what you need: https://ru.aliexpress.com/item/Fat-B...08.4.33.fWRLLH
    So the 110x167 from this link is confirmed to fit on Malus? Planning to add Vuelta crankset too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guapo613 View Post
    The Malus has a 110mm bottom bracket I believe. If that is the case, this is what you need: https://ru.aliexpress.com/item/Fat-B...08.4.33.fWRLLH
    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    So the 110x167 from this link is confirmed to fit on Malus? Planning to add Vuelta crankset too.
    Ordered 110x167 bottom bracket and Vuelta 175mm crankset for Biggity DLX (Malus). Will see what happens.

    What bottom bracket tool do I need to do this job?
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    It has been a long time, but I'm finally riding my bike again. Today was the first ride as an electric bike. The 203mm disc brakes harder than before, but I want more with less travel and effort, so I'll order hydraulic brakes. I could have had an accident on today's trial ride when the rear tire came off the bead. I'm hoping that's due to poor installation on my part rather than poor quality of the wheel or tire because that's something I can address before the weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    Ordered 110x167 bottom bracket and Vuelta 175mm crankset for Biggity DLX (Malus). Will see what happens.

    What bottom bracket tool do I need to do this job?
    It looks like you'd need a tool like this to remove the bottom bracket.
    https://www.amazon.com/BIKEHAND-Bicy...dp/B00811WQJS/

    Have you removed your pedals? Those use another tool. I bought mine from a lbs, but I think this would work too. One of the reviewers said it worked on his Dolomite.

    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Pul...dp/B001VS1M20/

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    It has been a long time, but I'm finally riding my bike again. Today was the first ride as an electric bike. The 203mm disc brakes harder than before, but I want more with less travel and effort, so I'll order hydraulic brakes. I could have had an accident on today's trial ride when the rear tire came off the bead. I'm hoping that's due to poor installation on my part rather than poor quality of the wheel or tire because that's something I can address before the weekend.



    It looks like you'd need a tool like this to remove the bottom bracket.
    https://www.amazon.com/BIKEHAND-Bicy...dp/B00811WQJS/

    Have you removed your pedals? Those use another tool. I bought mine from a lbs, but I think this would work too. One of the reviewers said it worked on his Dolomite.

    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Pul...dp/B001VS1M20/
    I do have pedal wrench, just not crank puller, bb lockring wrench and bb removal tool yet.

    Also curious if this has a chance to work on these bikes with Vuelta crankset. E type LX mech?

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    Got the Vuelta mounted on the stock BB, still waiting for the 110x167 bb to arrive.

    If I get an 8 speed shifter, as long as I correctly set rear derailleur limit screws, I can use it without issue and have one unused click on the shifter, correct? If that is true, might as well get an 8 speed shifter in case I want to get 8 speed freewheel down the road.
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    What 8 speed freewheel are you planning on? I have a DNP Epoch that I'm planning to install tonight.

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    Not sure yet, as it won't be in this round of upgrades. Was considering either 13-32 Sunrace or 13-34 Sunrace (not Alpine) whichever I can get here. Was just on their web and they do have 9 and 10 speed freewheels available. Would these still work with proper shifter and derailleur on this bike?

    I noticed DNP Epoch freewheels, I was not sure if 11T would work on these bikes. If it does that would be awesome, more expensive than Sunrace but would go that route for sure.
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    The DNP Epoch freewheel works in all gears. I just took it for a very brief test ride. Right now it seems to shift less fluidly than the original freewheel, and I'm going to try more adjustments to improve shift quality. It gets close to the tire, so those with wider tires and wheels may not be able to use this freewheel.

    The low gear works pretty well as a granny gear now. I'll need to wait until later today to test the 11T gear at 30mph.

    I have it paired with the Shimano ST-EF51. I was looking for a brake/shifter combo to free up space on the handlebar. I really need to post some pictures.

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    I did about 25 miles today with the DNP Epoch freewheel. It performed nearly flawlessly. There were a couple times where it took a few teeth to go up a gear somewhere in the mid gears, but it did go. I'm sure that's due to my adjustments. The highest 34T gear still feels a little slower, but that could be all in my head.

    Bottom line is that it did what I wanted. The 34T is the granny gear I've been wanting, and I can still spin at 40mph with the 11T.

    The only bummer is that the shifter doesn't quite clear my throttle, so I had to move the shifter a half inch to the left instead of butting against the throttle. I'm going to get a left handed throttle anyway because downshifting is tough to manage while staying on the throttle. It's doable, but I still want the shifter closer to the grip.

    Here's how the bike is currently sitting.

    The Dolo in the (semi) wild - Mongoose Dolomite-dolo.jpg

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    Do any of you guys know how to disassemble the kickstand? The shaft on mine bent, and I want to get it fixed.

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    Oh well, kickstand came off. I still like having a kickstand for commuting and doing errands, so I'll try Luna's fat bike kickstand.

    I installed hydraulic brakes on 203mm discs up front, and screwed that up. It was spaced out too far, and wore out the lower part of the pads. I've lowered them, but I may have to get new pads and disc to get it to 100%.

    The rear caliper and disc was replaced today with a Shimano mechanical caliper and 180mm disc. The old ones had plenty of power, but I couldn't get them to stop squealing. Because replacement pads were nearly as much as new calipers, I sprung for the upgrade. The new calipers uses less expensive pads with roughly twice the surface area.

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a good way to mount a rear light. The combination of rear rack and fat tire are limiting options. Seat post mount doesn't work because the rack hides it. Rear rack mount doesn't work because the adapter hits the tire. For now I've mounted a light on the left seat stay, but that won't work when I use both panniers.

    Mounting the front tire is still giving me issues. I used the zip tie trick, which improved things greatly, but it still isn't perfect. These tires are almost done, and hopefully this issue goes away with new tires.

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