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Replacing Skyway Tuff BMX wheel bearings, axles and cups

A few tips for restoring Skyway Utility Tuff BMX wheels.  I’ve always been a bit reluctant to buy old or vintage second hand Skyway Tuffs BMX wheels on eBay. They get thrashed and hence are known to have problems. The main issues are warping and cracks, neither can be repaired and render the wheels useless, and given it’s eBay you can’t view the item first. That said I recently went against my better judgement and purchased a rough second hand set of 2001 Skyway Tuff BMX wheels (reasonably cheap). When I got the wheels, they didn’t seem to have any cracks, but the old school 10mm or 3/8″ wheel axles had been removed and the original bearing cups altered to fit newer style 14mm wheel axles- which...

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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. This classic mid-school freestyle BMX...

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1998 Mongoose Rogue BMX restoration

Mongoose BMX introduced the Rogue to the freestyle flatland line up in 1997. It was the middle bike in the Mongoose range. The Mongoose freestyle flatland range started with the Sniper, then Villain, Rogue, Hooligan and the top flatlander BMX was the DMC. In 1998 Mongoose added two more bikes to their freestyle flatland line up. The top bike was the DMC Pro with the DMC as next one down. At the bottom end of the range, the Sniper Mag was also added. The Rogue was still in the middle of the pack. If you need help dating your Mongoose BMX check out the serial number crack  post here. The 1998 Mongoose Rogue BMX, originally inspired by earlier DMC frames, was made of...

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