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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:06 am 
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Walmart sells a Mongoose Beast for $199.00. Anyone have this bike? And if so, what modifications have you made?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:04 pm 
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Welcome to HK Utonic! We have at least two kitties with Fatwallies around, me being one. My Fatwally has been modified a little, I replaced all the heavy parts with lighter ones that I found in drawers with spare parts and also got me new pairs of tubes and tires to save some considerable weight.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:19 pm 
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I almost bought one of those when Walmart had them for $150 for Black Friday. Decided against it, have to get brakes on my vehicle soon.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:35 am 
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i have one. so far all i have done is change the gearing and the seatpost. i have bought bars/stem/quill and all the parts to add front canti brakes, but haven't installed them all yet.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Bill in Houston wrote:
i have one. so far all i have done is change the gearing and the seatpost. i have bought bars/stem/quill and all the parts to add front canti brakes, but haven't installed them all yet.


Can I ask where you bought the front canti brakes? And, what tires did you replace the old ones with?


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i bought the identiti brake posts fromuniversalcycles.

i bought tektro brake arms, some salmon pads, a cable stop, and a cable and lever to complete the set.

unlike many beast owners i am still on the original tires. i think most people bough the $40 origin8 replacement tires.


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Bill in Houston wrote:
i bought the identiti brake posts fromuniversalcycles.

i bought tektro brake arms, some salmon pads, a cable stop, and a cable and lever to complete the set.

unlike many beast owners i am still on the original tires. i think most people bough the $40 origin8 replacement tires.

I expect a write-up about this conversion. Curious!

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Bill in Houston wrote:
i bought the identiti brake posts fromuniversalcycles.

i bought tektro brake arms, some salmon pads, a cable stop, and a cable and lever to complete the set.

unlike many beast owners i am still on the original tires. i think most people bough the $40 origin8 replacement tires.


Do yourself a favor Bill - get the Origin 8 or Vee Rubber tires and a pair of quality fat tubes. This make your bike many pounds lighter - where it counts the most.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:31 am 
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Sti wrote:
Do yourself a favor Bill - get the Origin 8 or Vee Rubber tires and a pair of quality fat tubes. This make your bike many pounds lighter - where it counts the most.
yeah, at this point i am trying to put some miles on it before i put another hundred bucks into it. thanks for the advice. those are definitely the next items up for replacement.

i'll post more on the front brake replacement once i get it installed. i don't expect too much from it, but i think it will help a lot on really steep downhills.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:48 pm 
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Utonic76 wrote:
Walmart sells a Mongoose Beast for $199.00. Anyone have this bike? And if so, what modifications have you made?


Thank you, all of you, for answering my questions.

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:11 pm 
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Looks like walmart has a geared version now.

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http://mobile.walmart.com/ip/26-Mongoos ... d/29741123


26" Mongoose Dolomite Mens Fat Tire Mountain Bike, Navy Blue/Red:

Frame: aluminum/steel
Gearing: 7 speeds with Shimano rear derailleur for all types of riding
Brakes: dual disc brakes provide all-condition braking
Tires: 26" x 4" all-terrain knobby tires
Rims: Alloy 4" wide rims for lightweight durability
Twist shifters change gears easily
3-piece crank provides added durability
Threadless headset for easy adjustability
Assembly required
Dimensions: 56"L x 27"W x 38"H

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:41 am 
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I sighted the coaster-brake version of this bike at a nearby walmart the other day. But with all the hills around here, I wouldn't be comfortable with the single gear or the coaster brake. With disc brakes though and the same number of gears as SRAM's newest groupset, I might have to consider the geared beast for cheap mellow riding!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:13 am 
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That Dolomite is pretty cool...


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Bill in Houston wrote:
That Dolomite is pretty cool...

Isn't it? If I were to jump on the fat tire bandwagon (temptations...) I'd head this way first. :)

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I saw the Dolomite in person yesterday and rode it down the isle. $225 price tag on it. I had to leave immediately to keep from buying it. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:16 pm 
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The 'shipping weight' for the Dolomite is 59 lbs. Heavy cardboard?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:27 pm 
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Word on the street is a stock Dolomite weighs in at 50lbs. Low hanging fruit is replacing the tires/tubes and drilling rims. I think the crankset weighs a ton and I'd be willing to bet the handlebar is steel.

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Handlebar is steel. Stem is steel. Seatpost is steel. Cranks are steel. Hubs are steel. BB is steel. Fenders are steel. Bike stand is steel. Tires and tubes are steel laced heavy rubber.

The only thing that looks a bit too lightweight is the welds.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:53 pm 
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^ LOL, awesome. I really don't need one of these, but they're such a tease. Sti (or anyone else), are you using yours predominately as a cruiser / mellow ST, or have you been brave enough to test the frame on any tech trails? I'm pretty light, and have always been pretty easy on equipment, but......

The SS version has no canti brake bosses, correct? What's the deal with the steerer tube/headset on the SS version?


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I took it to some more technical trails but there are two things that will make you adjust - 1. the BB is wicked low. 2. the thing does not have real brakes. While I have fun on this thing on trails, I do not waste my time on it in "good dirt months" and only ride it in Winter, alternating between the Fatwally and my winter fixed gear HT.
You have to use a threaded-threadless adapter to use standard stems.
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Looked like the Dolomite used a regular stem. If so, it might be usable for someone who has lots of spare parts in the bin.

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Sti wrote:
... Tires and tubes are steel laced heavy rubber.

The only thing that looks a bit too lightweight is the welds.


Lost it. Fuckin' hilarious.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:21 am 
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finally ran across a massif 20" BSO in a wally store today. holly hell is that thing heavy! handle bars were stripped out on the floor sample and it probably happened just being tipped over

I still want one


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