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2000 Mongoose Brawler 24 BMX rebuild with custom decals

Around 2000, Mongoose bikes embraced ugly, to be fair it wasn't just Mongoose, it seems all BMX bike manufacturers thought BMX should tone itself down after the bright and colourful heyday of the eighties and nineties. The 2000 Mongoose Brawler 24 originally rolled out of the bike shop with an uninspiring gloss gunmetal grey frame, forks and low cruiser bars. Some of the old school vibe however was not lost, the black anodised rims were laced to high flange polished alloy hubs. Many other parts were hidden under a layer of black paint. This Mongoose Brawler 24 would have been built in 2000 and appearing in bike shops (not K-Mart) in 2001. The frame is chromoly CR-MO and Hi-Ten steel for strength, it's...

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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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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. 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...

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