The 2000 Mongoose Brawler 24 BMX was not a nice looking bike when it first rolled out the bike shop. The chunky frame was accentuated by the dark battleship grey colour, all black Mongoose tyres, and black tribal tattoo inspired sticker graphics. There’s little wonder kids were turning away from BMX and getting mountain bikes instead. Where did the old school fun go?
To bring this BMX back from the brink it needed a complete overhaul. A 1984 DP Firebird that popped up on the BMX Museum homepage one day was my inspiration. I started by sourcing 24″ white wall tyres, not available in Australia, they were imported from OS. The Alex Y2000 24″ alloy wheels were in pretty good shape and just needed a clean and polish. The high flange Mongoose silver hubs were perfect for the look I was after. A respray in my garage gave the bike the right colour and from there it was a matter of getting it back together. Read my build progress post here. To go with the old school flava, I designed a new set of decals. With resprayed S&M slam bars, refurbed pedals, gyro polished seat clamp and stem and a new set of cranks (the old ones were bent) and the bike was done. The photos say it all.
This Mongoose Brawler 24 would have been built in 2000 and appeared in bike shops (not K-Mart) in 2001. The frame is chromoly CR-MO and Hi-Ten steel for strength, it’s from the Mongoose Pro range of bikes which featured quality parts at the time.
Finally finished the 2000 Mongoose Brawler 24 BMX is now a great looking cruiser ready to hit the streets again. It was a fun project, the old bike rides really well and could pass as new again (if you squint your eyes). Coming up this year I will have 2 more later models of this bike to rebuild.
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