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    Mongoose Beast review etc.... Walmart Fatty!


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    Nice write up. How is the gearing as is? Pretty typical for cruiser or slightly higher for climbing?

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    the gearing is steep- I could re-gear a bit easier or leave it. I ride 2:1 or harder ratio on a 29er even for hilly trails for a frame of reference.

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    ...pretty sure those are the same tires TommiSea sells...sans skulls...
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    Nice man, Can you post the pictures on here. So awesome!

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    my pictures are too large and I edited/posted from home on my way out the door to work. Feel free to resize them and post them so long as you put some disclaimer that they are mine.

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    Thanks for the write up, looks solid enough for me.

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    What's the width on the rear hub? Is it 135 or 170mm?

    Nevermind, I should have read closer. I see that it's 170mm. Too bad. If it was 135mm, I was thinking this could be converted to a geared townie with a nexxus hub

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    Looks even better then I thought it would.

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    just use the 3speed hub from sturmey archer... ist the same gearing to the nexus 3 speed... set the fist gear for climbs and the rest will fit pretty fine...

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    damn jealous.. way fatter than my pugs.. i'll trade you

    btw the saddle makes a huge difference.. just appearance wise, the bike looks way better without that cruiser saddle

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    Naysayers should now weigh-in, and tell you how B.A.D. your choice is.

    Thanks for the write-up, 2silent !!

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    Are you sure that frame is aluminum? Looks steely to me, and the wally description says so too.

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    the weld realy so look more like steel welds than aluminium welds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    Naysayers should now weigh-in, and tell you how B.A.D. your choice is.
    Nay! Nay, say I!
    How is this any better than the $129 "mountain bikes" that they sell at Walmart?
    I wouldn't trust riding it off a 5" curb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    Nay! Nay, say I!
    How is this any better than the $129 "mountain bikes" that they sell at Walmart?
    I wouldn't trust riding it off a 5" curb.
    +1!

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    How sealed is the rear hub? I've never seen a nicely sealed SS coaster brake hub. Have fun rebuilding it every few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibor View Post
    just use the 3speed hub from sturmey archer... ist the same gearing to the nexus 3 speed... set the fist gear for climbs and the rest will fit pretty fine...
    Add a disk caliper bracket and re-build the wheel with one of these;
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    Widening a alfine 35 mm is easy from what I uderstand, and it is a steel frame so cold setting it in a bit wouldn't be a problem either. Next paycheck I'm gonna own one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpy69 View Post
    Widening a alfine 35 mm is easy from what I uderstand
    You mean 135? And you want to widen an Alfine to 170?

    I haven't heard of that being done - I don't know why it would be easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpy69 View Post
    The 185mm spec is the total axel length, not enough protrusion to use axel nuts with a 170mm (inside) width frame. The Hub OLD measurment on these is 132mm (to work with either 130 or 135mm with only minimal frame spreading).

    Cold-setting the w-goose steel rear down to 135mm would likely mess up the chainline unless you did it asymetrically, in which case the spoke dishing would be very un-even unless you also re-drilled new asymetric spoke holes in the rim to compensate.

    I dont know about widening an alfine, but widening a S-A hub requres buying a new and relativly expensive axle.

    Seems like using a IGH designed for 170mm OLD would be much better way to start-off.

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    There is a 170mm OLD Sturmey-Archer but it's a 3 speed.

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    (I haven't used it - decided not to go ahead with 170mm OLD bikes - too many limitations and heavier and more expensive parts)
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    I got mine today and the gearing needs to be replaced. Other than that there are gonna be a lot of new fat bikers out there, it's a hit for $200.
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    I wonder how much just a tire is and can you buy just a tire?

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    Can one of you guys throw one of them "expensive" fat tire on the mongoose? Maybe a Bud + Lou combo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripower View Post
    I wonder how much just a tire is and can you buy just a tire?
    LOL, just in case Surly doesn't come through.
    Someone mentioned earlier that Mongoose sells the tire for 30 bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    LOL, just in case Surly doesn't come through.
    Someone mentioned earlier that Mongoose sells the tire for 30 bucks
    Yep, when I called mongoose last week, 800 number on page 2 or 3 of the dept store thread. Tires are 32bucks. tubes 9 bucks.
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    If you played with the chain line you old in the stays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit View Post
    If you played with the chain line you old in the stays.
    ???

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    Can someone who got thiers armor all the tires and send me a pic please.
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    What size seat post does it use? I am looking at one of the Orign8 quill to threadless stem adapters run a different bar and stem combo....anyone use one before? Mongoose better stock up on tires, my guess is at 30 bucks they are gonna sell a lot, considering how much Surly is ripping people off for theirs.

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    Mongoose/PC Customer Service to order tires.....800-626-2811. I'm hopeing they will sell spare parts to, like the rim hoops. Frame. LOL I gotta call and ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpy69 View Post
    Widening a alfine 35 mm is easy from what I uderstand
    I'm not sure where you heard that, but it's not true as far as I know. There are quite a few people here who wish it was...

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    Them tires are do do. I'm swapping them out for some black Floyd's. The stock bars are too narrow for the step head tube angle and it's way twitchy. It's also a bit cramped in the cockpit. A longer stem is on order. I have an adapter so I will try some different bars out. I don't think the moto style of bars help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit View Post
    Them tires are do do. I'm swapping them out for some black Floyd's. The stock bars are too narrow for the step head tube angle and it's way twitchy. It's also a bit cramped in the cockpit. A longer stem is on order. I have an adapter so I will try some different bars out. I don't think the moto style of bars help.

    Just some og .02
    Tires look like 4.0 in the photos. Why are they bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy FitzGibbon View Post
    I'm not sure where you heard that, but it's not true as far as I know. There are quite a few people here who wish it was...
    It was something I read, a how to do manual thread/blog. I didn't pay much attn at the time,I've been trying to find it for the past 2 hours.
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    Found a video on youtube if you guys want other views of it. Tires actually look really nice. 4.25 inches.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeO1vi9p1T4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy FitzGibbon View Post
    Tires look like 4.0 in the photos. Why are they bad?
    Probably because they cost 32 dollars and I'm sure have the consistency of soft plastic?

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    Re: Mongoose Beast review etc.... Walmart Fatty!

    I must say, I'm glad they kept the bike simple. One of the biggest problems with department store "mountain bikes" is that they hang tons of crappy components all over the bike. Pogo stick forks, crappy "Shimano" indexed shifters and derailleurs, etc. This increases the number of potential problems (with components this cheap, there WILL be problems) and lowers the overall quality of the finished product.

    With this, maybe it will be a bit more reliable since they followed KISS.

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    Re: Mongoose Beast review etc.... Walmart Fatty!

    Quote Originally Posted by bighit View Post
    Them tires are do do. I'm swapping them out for some black Floyd's. The stock bars are too narrow for the step head tube angle and it's way twitchy. It's also a bit cramped in the cockpit. A longer stem is on order. I have an adapter so I will try some different bars out. I don't think the moto style of bars help.

    Just some og .02
    So it begins...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Probably because they cost 32 dollars and I'm sure have the consistency of soft plastic?


    there is nothing wrong with the tires... do you work for qbp by any chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent View Post
    there is nothing wrong with the tires... do you work for qbp by any chance?

    lol. Think he'd tell us honestly if he did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpy69 View Post
    It was something I read, a how to do manual thread/blog. I didn't pay much attn at the time,I've been trying to find it for the past 2 hours.
    If you find it, you will make quite a few 170mm frame owners very happy.

    Bighit, are the rims single wall or double wall?

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    anyone have decent quality pictures of the red or blue ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    lol. Think he'd tell us honestly if he did?
    Living in New Ulm, MN, over 1 1/2 hours south... so don't think so. I wish I did, but no. I can however ride on trails in New Ulm rain or shine and don't have to answer to anyone about closures or "too wet to ride". I also have to blaze a lot of my own trails through the snow... so I understand how a bike like this will never make it on "all terrain" like Wal-mart decided to use in the description and every blog post online is now hyping it up as. Sorry, you are going to be sorely disappointed if you buy one thinking you will be able to go and do the same things as a legitimate fat bike.

    I heard a saying many years back that has always held true: "If you buy the best or the right thing first, you won't have to buy it over and over again"

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    to me it looks like something fun to cruise the town on....hit a couple bars, take a roll down by the beach sort of thing

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    Now they need to make a Junior Beast for my 8 year old. My son is too short for the XS frames. The Beast could be raced in the coaster brake races out in California. It must be hard to wheelie at 48 pounds.

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    Does anyone know the dimensions of the seat post? I am hoping it is 27.2...

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