BMX Bikes

1981 Mongoose Motomag

Every BMX collection should contain at least one Mongoose!


This is my first build using reconditioned or NOS parts. Since the photos were taken, I have found the correct Kashimax MX seat and have added a matching front Shimano Tourney brake. The frame was in average condition when I got it with a reasonable amount of rust in the front and rear gussets - the new nickel looks sweet!

  • Mongoose Motomag Frame
  • Mongoose Team Forks
  • Mongoose Headstem
  • Mongoose Gold Crank (Takagi)
  • Takagi 42T Chainring
  • Shimano DX Levers
  • Shimano Tourney Calipers
  • Shimano Brake Clamps
  • Tioga MX-II 2 Headset
  • KKT Lightning Pedals
  • Kashimax MX Seat
  • Suzue hubs / Araya rims
  • BMX Products Reproduction Grips
  • BMX Products Repro Stickers


25th March 2010 8:12pm, Simon replied :  
No, Star Plating in Boronia (thats Melbourne, Australia).
Did a great job considering the state of the frame to begin with.
24th March 2010 9:49pm, Volcano wrote :  
Awesome build mate! Love it! I ride my '85 Cali all the time. Where abouts in Oz are u from? Im from Brisbane. I might know where a red kashi seat is for your build.  Cheers, Mick
24th March 2010 2:45pm, Phusion X wrote :  
You did new nickel plating? Did you send it out or do it yourself?
25th March 2010 8:38am, Stickley wrote :  
Wow a true restoration ........Great job!!!
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