1998 Mongoose Sniper Mag restoration


The Mongoose Sniper Mag BMX was the low cost, Hi-Ten steel freestyle bike in the 1998 Mongoose catalogue. However the addition of the 3 spoke, Skyway made, Mongoose Motomag Tuff wheels and blazing blue paint job really made it stand out.

The Chrome 1998 Mongoose Sniper BMX was definitely the more available option from BMX shops back in the late 90's - the blazing blue frame is now, just that little bit more rare.

The frame had rust removed but the original patina or weathered character was intentionally retained. This looks great against all the shiny chrome and black. The frame and fork decals are all original and still have their rainbow holographic glow when viewed in the sun.

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This classic mid-school freestyle BMX was incomplete when I purchased it, so a few parts needed to be added. The original parts included the frame, forks, Mongoose Motomag wheels and tyres, head stem, grips, cranks and chainwheel. New and new old stock (NOS) parts added to complete the bike include: NOS Black Mongoose seat, new layback seat post, new seat post clamp, NOS Tektro levers, NOS Mongoose head set, new chrome chain, new Gyro cables front and rear, new freewheel and refurbished and lightly polished Dia Compe Bulldog brake callipers front and back.

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The chrome and alloy parts were polished and the pedals were refurbished in black with gloss clear coat. The Mongoose DMC tyres are original and quite rare, so I kept them on the bike. They both have a slight amount of cracking in the rubber.

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