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 inspiring 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.
To bring some life back into my 2000 Mongoose Brawler 24 BMX, I decided to change the colour scheme to white and chrome with white wall tyres. I also wanted to make the bike more rideable for the bigger guys, like me. Removing the low cruiser bars and replacing them with higher rise S&M bars has completely changed the stance of the ride.
I have polished a few alloy parts recently and wanted to try a new technique for the faded and dull seat clamp and head clamp. Both were stripped and given a silver brushed alloy look, not a perfect match to the hubs but they look great. The locking nut on the head clamp was sanded back and sprayed with clear coat. The ugly corrugated steel chainring was replaced with a slightly newer 2003 Mongoose Motivator chainring in black and white. The entire bike has been given a new custom decal set in black and chrome. I didn’t measure the head tube properly and a reprint on that sticker is needed. The grey AME grips and grey soft touch velour seat are a nod to the Brawler 24’s original colour.
As soon as this one is finished I’ll photograph it and get the pics up on the blog.
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