When it all began, Mongoose bikes were very different from what we see today, for obvious reasons. Mongoose began as BMX Products Inc. and started out of Skip Hess’ home, way back in 1974. The process to create the Motomag One wheel, their first product, was quite tedious – Hess created the heat-treated castings at home, shipped them to a machining shop before shutting them in boxes and sending them out to bike manufacturers.
That was it – just wheels! That is, until the summer of 1976, when Hess decided to get into the remaining bits as well. Then began a period of rapid growth, frequent workshop shifts and nights of toil & pressure! It wasn’t until about a decade after it had all begun, that Hess finally managed to settle down into a massive 105,000 sq. ft. facility.
Playing with the Big Boys:
Until its merger with Pacific Cycle, in 2001, Mongoose was relatively limited in its product offerings. Once the deal went through, the design and production capabilities knew no bounds. Mongoose bikes were taking the world by storm and hitting every competitor with their superior quality, innovative design and ground-breaking material usage.
Mongoose, today, produce their bikes under three main categories – Mountain, Urban and BMX bikes.
The product catalog has something for everyone and buyers are, usually, spoilt for choice. The company focuses on creating new waves in technology, design and quality – all of which is visible through their fantastic final products.
Mongoose has ensured that everyone can get their hands on world class mongoose bikes irrespective of their budget. Their “Discount Range” is sold out of mass-merchandize houses like Wal-Mart and Target, for people who are looking for something that does the job. That said, these bikes are as good, safe and comfortable to ride as the best in the market.
On their website, and through specialized bike stores, the company sells its superior range in all three categories.
The Rugged Range:
In the urban range, they produce everything from the basic $320 Crossway to the single-speed $500 Maurice and go upto something like the $800 Asphalt Dubbel. Their gravity range of mountain bikes taps the top-end professional market with the $2,500 Nugget or the $5,000 Boot’r Elite, while the Trail-bike range plateaus at around the $3,000 to $4,500 price range.
From Dirt Jump bikes, like the $1,200 Ritual to the epic Hardtail range, Mongoose caters to every single bike rider in every single price range.
For BMX bikers, the choice is as wide as it is endless. They have Dirt/Street bikes that go from the simplified Logo to the massively popular Legion, all of which have graced everything from the local car park to the X-Games. They also manufacture the extremely popular Article, priced at $350, under their Freestyle banner – something that every BMX lover adores more than life itself.
There is just one thing that can top this impressive range of products – it is the company’s dedication to quality, stability and an overall mind-blowing product! If you are looking to buy a bike and believe in performance, comfort and safety before anything else, then looking at the Mongoose bikes is where your search will end!