How to read Mongoose serial numbers for mid-school and new-school BMX bikes


Your guide to old Mongoose serial numbers. Find our what year your BMX was built and sold and date mid school and new-school bikes made between the mid 90’s to mid 2000’s. The guide covers many serial numbers but not all. There were many different factories making Mongoose BMX bikes and all had different serial number codes.

Mongoose serial number information has never really been properly documented, possibly lost as the company changed hands and moved production. However, there are a few BMX restorers who have painstakingly attempted to decipher these multi-digit mysteries.

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A big part of buying, rebuilding and restoring old BMX bikes, is knowing exactly how old they are. When I started looking into finding out how to read Mongoose serial numbers I found plenty of information on Mongoose BMX bikes made in the 80’s and early nineties through google and BMX forums. The problem was there was no information helping to date Mongoose BMX bikes built from 2000 onwards. It seemed nobody figured out how to read the serial numbers.

Older Mongoose bikes made through the 1980’s had pretty easy serial numbers. Generally the year and month of build was stamped as the first part of the serial number. For example my 1986 Mongoose Expert has a serial number M6EG0652. The first number (6) relates to the year – 1986. The next letter relates to the month (E) is May based on the convention January (A), February (B), March (C), April (D), May (E), June (F), July (G), August (H), September (I), October (J), November (K), December (L). It is assumed that the G0652 is the production number. There were a few variations on this type of serial number, but usually they were pretty easy to work out.

There are much more difficulties when looking at Mongoose serial numbers through the 1990’s and 2000’s. I spent quite a bit of time looking into these numbers on a few of my bikes as well as checking against other Mongoose BMX owners to see if my serial number crack was right. It seems to hold up and here it is.

Mongoose serial numbers are usually found stamped on the bottom of the bottom bracket. This is not always the case and there will be some bikes that do not fit into this formula.

Mid-school Mongoose BMX bikes built through most of the 90’s have a serial number that begins with 4 letters. The 3rd letter corresponds to the year of manufacture.

A      B     C      D     E      F      G      H      I
91   92    93    94    95    96    97    98    99

The 4th letter indicates the Month

A      B       C      D       E        F       G       H       I          J       K        L
Jan  Feb  Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul    Aug    Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec

 

A few serial number examples are:

HFGB00000 – 4 letters, GB are the dates. G is the year (1997), B is the month (Feb)

HFBH00000 – 4 letters, BH are the dates. B is the year (1992), H is the month (Aug)

New-school Mongoose BMX bikes built through most of the 2000’s have a serial number that begins with 5 letters. The 4th letter corresponds to the year of manufacture and follows on from the mid-school serial numbers.

J      K     L     M    N    O     P     Q     R     S
00   01   02   03   04   05    06   07    08   09

A      B       C      D       E        F       G       H       I          J       K        L
Jan  Feb  Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul    Aug    Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec

A few serial number examples are:

HAMME00000 – 5 letters, ME are the dates. M is the year (2003), E is the month (May)

SAJPJ00706 – 5 letters, PJ are the dates. P is the year (2006), J is the month (Oct)

Please note: The Mongoose serial number will give you the build date of your BMX. Frames were normally manufactured the year before being sold in bike shops. So a build date on a frame of 2003 usually means the bike was sold in stores in 2004. This is the case with the 2003 Mongoose Brawler 24 below. The Serial has a build date of 2003, the 2004/004 on the stickers indicate this was a 2004 model.

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I have confirmed this Mongoose serial number crack many times against bikes that have been known to be purchased that year, bikes with distinct graphics and colours and checked them against Mongoose BMX catalogues.

If you have a Mongoose BMX that doesn’t fit into the serial number style above, go to this thread on the OZBMX forum and post a couple photos of your bike and make sure you include the serial number in your post. I will look into all the numbers listed.

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25 comments


  • GUSTAVO VELAZQUEZ

    can u gimme any info on this serial number to my mongoose bike .. year make n model thanks in advance.. snxds 16a23671


  • Paul

    I have a Mongoose Rockadile Serial # M6H161886 could you give me any info what year it was made


  • Andy P

    Hi I have a mongoose aluminium frame I cant find out much about the bike but I am interested. I have the number HAMOH 00069 and it has the word COMP which I am guessing means competition?? any help is welcome thanks. where would it have been made etc. Thanks Andy…


  • Julian

    7195411
    This is my frame number I have had mongoose since 1983
    What model is it what is it worth today?


  • Barbie Collins

    Help identifying year, please
    04s20 ja
    Sap00414


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