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    The Browning Mountain Goat Single Speed

    Within my collection, this is an odd duck no doubt. I picked this up on eBay almost 7 years ago and just recently got around to doing something with it. It was not well listed, so the frame, fork, stem, and rollerbearing headset were acquired for a little over $100.

    My best guess is that this frame was built by Mountain Goat for Browning, the company that developed the BEAST electronic shifting system for Suntour. It was probably a platform to feature and test the Browning Automatic Transmission, which is described in nice detail here,

    The Browning Automatic Bicycle Transmission

    And also in this patent held by Browning that goes back to the 1970s,

    Patent US5152720 - Bicycle transmission - Google Patents

    In any case, it appears to be a Whiskeytown Racer frame with no rear derailleur hanger, and some odd attachment points and brackets. That pretty much makes it a single-speed candidate using an ENO hub. While I had originally intended to replace the SR Sakae bonded fork with something cool like a Bontrager Comp and get a nice Mountain Goat / Russ Pickett paint job after removing the brackets, after so many years it just seemed like it was time to build this up and see if it even rides halfway decent.

    The build is mostly a non-Shimano affair: White Industries hubs, Ritchey levers, brakes, and cranks, White Bros. titanium handlebar, Suntour BB, and Mountain Goat headset. There isn't a lot of chainstay clearance, so the 2.35 tire used on the front wouldn't fit in the rear. Oh well, it is what it is.

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    So the question still remains.....how does it ride? It looks like a fun bike. Unique to say the least.
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    very nice!

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    Nice one TD!


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    Good eye finding that one!

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    Actually, someone in Germany identified it for me first, as it was co-listed over there. And thanks for not bidding it up on me FB!

    I think Velo-Cult later found an aluminum Mud-Slinger version of this Browning configuration.

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    Very sweet, one of a kind for sure.
    Someday a Browning transmission may come in handy

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    Memory Fog

    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    Actually, someone in Germany identified it for me first, as it was co-listed over there. And thanks for not bidding it up on me FB!

    I think Velo-Cult later found an aluminum Mud-Slinger version of this Browning configuration.
    Hmmm. Maybe in Germany the guy that identifies it 4 days later is credited with the find. Haha!

    Neat machine.

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    Cool bike, and nice build.

    I was thinking maybe Browning had MG build the frame as a show display for their transmission???
    Seems if you were going to display a crankset and needed a frame to hang it on for oohs and ahhhs that would have been the way to go.



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    I think so, a display and testing platform. There is a photo in that first link I posted in which two of the bikes the Browning family are holding also have mono-stays from the early 90s. Perhaps they were also built by Mountain Goat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    Very sweet, one of a kind for sure.
    Someday a Browning transmission may come in handy
    Finding a chainlength compensator to go with it may be a bit of a struggle however. I had never seen that part of the equation before.

    It is really funny that a specifically built platform for an electronic shifting mechanism ends up being a single speed though. Probably the best the bike has ever ridden and for sure the least it has weighed built up.
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    I actually have a Browning transmission that is NIB, but no desire to try using it here. A chain tensioner would involve some fab work.

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    I love funky one off bikes like this. Cool one for sure!
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