Which Mongoose (or similar) for a first bike?

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5/20/2018 5:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/20/2018 5:25 PM

Hi all, I ride a lot of bikes, but not a BMX. I want to muck around a bit, don't want to spend much because I may not stick with it.

Any 4130 frame'd bikes for $200? Looks like prices have increased? L100 is $300 on Amazon

I'm 5'7 btw

Willing to spend up to $400 but rather not.
Thanks

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5/20/2018 5:24 PM

for 200 you might get a chromoly frame, forget 4130 though.

as for that bike, it has a chromoly front triangle but a hi tensile seat and chainstay.
If its all you can afford then there is nothing wrong with it. Parts will break and need to be replaced but all parts do eventually.

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Hmmm

5/20/2018 5:27 PM

Edman123 wrote:

for 200 you might get a chromoly frame, forget 4130 though.

as for that bike, it has a chromoly front triangle but a hi ...more

Ah OK. So TBH I'd rather spend a bit more for a nice frame, and as you say, replace parts as they break.

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5/20/2018 5:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/20/2018 5:39 PM

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5/20/2018 6:09 PM

The l100 would be a good bike, the other bike is better than the l100 but they will probably be alright, i cant personally speak for the quality of either though. Forum member bulletpup owns a leigon or two and can tell you more about them.

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Hmmm

5/20/2018 6:11 PM

Watched some reviews on youtube and I guess they're not great. Do I stretch my dollar to an Eastern shovelhead?

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5/20/2018 6:21 PM

belopsky wrote:

Watched some reviews on youtube and I guess they're not great. Do I stretch my dollar to an Eastern shovelhead?

I dont think you can get the Shovelhead anymore... just go with the Legion L100 dude, it's fine, fourm member @Bulletpup has 2 L100s and beats the shit out of them and he hasn't broken anything yet, except for a sprocket that he intentionally tried to break, but yeah, that L100 will be finesmile

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I don't crash, I do random gravity checks...

5/20/2018 7:24 PM

Fine. $265 shipped from Amazon.
Thanks :D

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5/20/2018 7:31 PM

belopsky wrote:

Fine. $265 shipped from Amazon.
Thanks :D

Sweet! Post pics when you get it!

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I don't crash, I do random gravity checks...

5/21/2018 4:27 AM

Edman123 wrote:

for 200 you might get a chromoly frame, forget 4130 though.

as for that bike, it has a chromoly front triangle but a hi ...more

Not true. The L100 is 4130 & is a full chromoly frame, fork, bars, and cranks.

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5/21/2018 4:33 AM

For the money, new, you can't beat the Mongoose L100. But you can find a used full chromoly bike for $200 or less but you will have to do your research as most used ads read something like this:

"BMX bike for sale. $200 obo"

with no other info & they have no idea what model or TT size the bike is.

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5/21/2018 5:08 AM

Edman123 wrote:

for 200 you might get a chromoly frame, forget 4130 though.

as for that bike, it has a chromoly front triangle but a hi ...more

Mishinn_Control wrote:

Not true. The L100 is 4130 & is a full chromoly frame, fork, bars, and cranks.

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In the first post he asked about a complete for $200 and said the leigion l100 was now $300...
i was responding to his original price point of $200.

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Hmmm

5/21/2018 5:53 AM

Edman123 wrote:

for 200 you might get a chromoly frame, forget 4130 though.

as for that bike, it has a chromoly front triangle but a hi ...more

Mishinn_Control wrote:

Not true. The L100 is 4130 & is a full chromoly frame, fork, bars, and cranks.

Photo

Edman123 wrote:

In the first post he asked about a complete for $200 and said the leigion l100 was now $300...
i was responding to his ...more

Huh.... maybe I missed something . Or lost something in translation.

Anyway, OP, check out the reviews of the L100 here:

https://www.vitalbmx.com/forums/General-BMX-Talk,2/Everthing-you-need-to-know-about-the-Mongoose-Legion-L100,1318025

Bulletpup is pretty active on the forum here so feel free to drop him a note if you have any questions. I'm sure he'd help you out if he can.

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5/21/2018 6:02 AM

Thanks. I ended up ordering yesterday night.

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5/21/2018 6:55 AM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks. I ended up ordering yesterday night.

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

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BMX over 30: Eat clean, Stretch, and Pray.

5/21/2018 7:28 AM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks. I ended up ordering yesterday night.

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

No shit, right?!
Congrats on the purchase belopsky!

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5/21/2018 7:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/21/2018 7:32 AM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks. I ended up ordering yesterday night.

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

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5/21/2018 7:41 AM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks. I ended up ordering yesterday night.

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

jbales wrote:

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

Fuuuckiin Lemonaaade!

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Hmmm

5/21/2018 8:20 AM

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

jbales wrote:

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

Edman123 wrote:

Fuuuckiin Lemonaaade!

When life gives you lemons..

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5/21/2018 8:25 AM

jbales wrote:

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

Edman123 wrote:

Fuuuckiin Lemonaaade!

jbales wrote:

When life gives you lemons..

Lemon gang

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Hmmm

5/21/2018 9:04 AM

jbales wrote:

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

Edman123 wrote:

Fuuuckiin Lemonaaade!

jbales wrote:

When life gives you lemons..

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5/21/2018 9:07 AM

Come on Wednesday

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5/21/2018 10:14 AM

belopsky wrote:

Come on Wednesday

Nice! Be sure to post some pics when you get it built up!

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5/21/2018 11:30 AM

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

6 posts and you bought a bike. Can you go teach all the other kids how to do life? laughing

jbales wrote:

Flamey! Where are you? It's time for class.

Edman123 wrote:

Fuuuckiin Lemonaaade!

Lol

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5/21/2018 11:37 AM

Here are my tips after owning both the 2017 and 2018. If I think of any more I will post it.

Replace the stem with a full contact clamping surface. The 2018 bar clamping area is thinner than the 2017.

If you do decide to keep the original stem it will slip if you do tricks. If you tighten it down more to try to avoid it slipping you will crimp your bars and they will slip even with a good stem.

Buy a spoke wrench and tighten them up. Watch some tutorials. Both of my legions came with the nipples hand tightened...it will be fine gor rolling around but the first time you land a bit wrong it will be bad. I can find out what size I ended up buying when I get home but this is important if you plan on keeping the wheelset (which are really nice honestly)

Thats really the only things Id suggest you do.

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5/21/2018 11:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/21/2018 11:43 AM

Thanks a lot. Might just take it to the bike shop near by and get the wheels trued up. $15/wheel is cheaper than my time :D

What stem do you recommend?

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5/21/2018 11:49 AM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks a lot. Might just take it to the bike shop near by and get the wheels trued up. $15/wheel is cheaper than my time :D

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Take a look in the BMX for sale area here on the forum. There are a few quality stems for sale there & you will save some money to boot. Otherwise, check Albe's or one of the other retailers & see if they have anything on clearance (maybe you can score something from your local bike shop?).

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5/21/2018 12:22 PM

belopsky wrote:

Thanks a lot. Might just take it to the bike shop near by and get the wheels trued up. $15/wheel is cheaper than my time :D

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Mishinn_Control wrote:

Take a look in the BMX for sale area here on the forum. There are a few quality stems for sale there & you will save some ...more

Agreed. Lot of great deals on here

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