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    Getting a mongoose beast in the UK?

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to start by saying that I really dont care for the finger pointing, name calling or elitism that this bike has caused. Personally I've spent about 2k on my pugs and about 1 on my 1x1, I see this frame as an incredible play toy.
    Anyway, anyone want to help a brother out?

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    If you really mean it ... I might.
    Have you looked into import/export taxes, shipping, and such ?

    I know it could be done, but it's up to you to decide if it will be worth it.

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    I'm guessing getting it there will be $3-400 conservatively, once you wrap all the whatnot in there.

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    Import duties on anything between $150-200 is around 35 here, shipping is a different kettle of fish, im not sure if USPS would ship something this big would they?
    If I could get it sent via USPS id be guessing the price would be about $150-200 shipping?

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    It won't be that bad shipping wise provided you ship the frame/bars/seatpost etc. separately from the wheels. You'd be surprised how cheap USPS will get a bike to Europe that way!

    Might even be able to get around some import taxes just receiving parts that way too.

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    This all seems far more promising than id thought.
    what do you all think the possibilty of finding someone to do it?
    Bikeabuser would you be up for doing it?

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    I will do it no charge other than cost.

    Send me the money to get the bike.
    I will find out how much it is to ship it.
    Send me the money to ship it and it will be there.

    I will ship it as "gift" if you prefer.
    Also if you only want part(s) of the bike to save on shipping I will do that and take the remaining parts and donate then to Trips for Kids in Asheville NC.

    I will profit $0 and the time and gas will be my donation.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent View Post
    It won't be that bad shipping wise provided you ship the frame/bars/seatpost etc. separately from the wheels. You'd be surprised how cheap USPS will get a bike to Europe that way!

    Might even be able to get around some import taxes just receiving parts that way too.
    Good idea for the OP ... I've got no problem with repacking stuff into a few boxes.

    OP,
    Be aware though,
    bighit received his bike with a bent fork tube, and mine actually arrived with a slight tweak to the right crank arm ... Pulling a favor to have one fabricated.

    The choice is yours.
    $200 I can live with ... But you're talking about quite a bit more when all is said and done.

    Investigate, and PM me if you decide it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabaldwin View Post
    This all seems far more promising than id thought.
    what do you all think the possibilty of finding someone to do it?
    Bikeabuser would you be up for doing it?
    Yea ... PM me if you really want to do this.

    I'll need funding up-front, and I'll happily tear mine down into pieces and weigh things, so a proper estimate can be determined.

    The big question is ... Are there any trade restrictions that might prevent such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I will do it no charge other than cost.

    Send me the money to get the bike.
    I will find out how much it is to ship it.
    Send me the money to ship it and it will be there.

    I will ship it as "gift" if you prefer.
    Also if you only want part(s) of the bike to save on shipping I will do that and take the remaining parts and donate then to Trips for Kids in Asheville NC.

    I will profit $0 and the time and gas will be my donation.
    Good man !!!

    What is "Trips for kids" ?

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    I've pm'd kj, thanks for the offers of help here guys.
    BA, its all relative in currency terms, obviously id prefer it not to have any catastrophic frame failures, im hoping it won't come to that.
    however, considering the current exchange rate,$199 =130, lets say that at the lower estimate shipping can be done for around $125, im not actually paying that much different to you, inflation and rate if living considered.

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    ^^ Understood ... Hope things go well !!!

    For what it is ... The frame seems solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    Good man !!!

    What is "Trips for kids" ?
    TRIPS FOR KIDS WNC

    They have other locations over the US too.

    Pretty cool group.
    They take old used bikes, parts and gear on donation. Refurbish things that need refurbishing and sell them. Then use the money to provide mountain bike outings for kids that normally would never be able to go on them.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    TRIPS FOR KIDS WNC

    They have other locations over the US too.

    Pretty cool group.
    They take old used bikes, parts and gear on donation. Refurbish things that need refurbishing and sell them. Then use the money to provide mountain bike outings for kids that normally would never be able to go on them.
    Cool ... Gotta look into that.
    I've snagged a few from the trash heap, and given them to parents at the local college.

    It's amazing what some people will throw away.

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    I agree, I am not a junk diver but I have friends that will and it is amazing what they will find.

    There are 3 locations in AZ.

    Trips For Kids - Find A Chapter

    They sell stuff cheap as hell there too, so you could help them on two ends by donating and buying.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Hi, are you still willing to ship the mongoose beast to the UK, thanks Ian

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    One could save some shipping weight by not sending the stupid-heavy tires and tubes, cranks, pedals, bar and stem.

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    Can you guys get them thru ASDA?
    Transition Bandit 29
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    Surly Necro Pugs w/ Lefty PBR
    Surly Big Dummy

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    I would buy one if available in the UK for 200, its fat and cheap and would make a great `Fat Rod` with a bit of Patina rust treatment for a rat bike for the shops/pub,
    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
    http://coastkid.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterbee View Post
    Hi, are you still willing to ship the mongoose beast to the UK, thanks Ian
    I am a bit busier these days and it was proving to be a lot more difficult than thought. So not so much.

    However, if somebody else is willing the Red one is $30 cheaper than the blue and green ones.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    if you get one, get someone to just ship you the frame and the wheel set without rubber.. that rubber SUX and you will put on endomorphs or some other take off anyway... then also dont ship the handle bars.. again they suck and you can easily change them out with parts from (im sure you have a parts bin), the innertubes my be worth shipping..

    but by not sending rubber or handlebars or chain guard, or kickstand... you can probably save enough weight and shipping charges to buy some nicer parts for it

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    My first Beast came in damaged. Walmart gave me a tag to have it returned via USPS. They wouldn't take it - over size box. Bike ended up getting returned by UPS.
    Just FYI.

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    The smaller the box, the cheaper the shipping as the cost is calculated by volume, not weight - most carriers have restrictions on maximum sizes too so worth a search first. I'd estimate 200 for shipping on the basis that it's 100 to ship a pair of regular road wheels these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterbee View Post
    Hi, are you still willing to ship the mongoose beast to the UK, thanks Ian
    There is another way. I have imported bikes and other stuff to the UK and Sweden a couple of times using BONVU.COM. Ideally use a webshop that delivers for free in the US, then ship it to BONVU.COM in Texas (or other similar parcel forwarding service). Set up a free account with them and they will ship it on to you wherever you are in the world. I used them for some other smaller stuff only a couple of weeks ago and they charged $9 for the trouble... There may be one catch though. I got stung big time on the customs duty on one bike I imported to Sweden due to that I listed the contents as "Complete bike". Make sure the bike has the wheels and a few other things taken off and mark the contents as "bike parts"(you fill in the customs declaration yourself on BONVU.COM). I do not know if the UK duty rules are the same though. Last fatbike I imported I had split into two separate smaller bike boxes to minimise shipping costs (the guys at the US bike shop did this). The guys at BONVU.COM have also helped me with making boxes even smaller to minimise shipping costs. They did not charge much for the trouble and service and communication was immaculate.

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    There you have it.

    Walmart is currently offering free US shipping and if you will get the red, it is $30 than the other colors.

    If you are serious about it, this would be the way to go and I doubt I could do it any cheaper.

    +rep Lintott for the good info
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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