Survey - Donor Bike - Good, Better Best !!!

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by occchopperfl, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member

    Hi All,

    I think the key to a good reliable build starts with a good, reliable donor bike.

    What is your thoughts on a good, better and best choice in general for a MB donor bike build and why?

    Im looking for a plug and play type build, (if there is such a thing).

    My thoughts off the cuff:

    Good - Mongoose w/cailpers why - rugged?s, with front and rear brakes

    Better - Trek w/discs why - rugged for sure, better quality
    (Model# 4500)

    Best - Worksman w/ fr disc why - simply the best
    (newsboy - urban commuter)

    I do hope this will help other MBers as well.

    Thanks guys. :)

  2. MotorizedMatt

    MotorizedMatt New Member

    Please don't go with the Mongoose, they are peices of c r a p
  3. domino

    domino New Member

    How do you plan to motorize it
  4. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    I have read 2 posts recently where the newest Worksman frames have issues with the chain stays being crooked. Double check them for proper alignment to the center line of the frame and symetrical bends as compared left to right before you start fitting an engine to the frame. This way you can still do a warranty exchange if necessary as the bike will still be in an as received condition.
  5. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    mongoose is not the mongoose of old.
    Back in the late 70's - early 80's. mongoose was one of the top bmx biles to have.
    the name mongoose has been sold to pacific cycles, and mongoose bikes now are glorified huffy's.
    huffy was always the bottom of the barrel in my opinion.
  6. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  7. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    well, since the 70's when i was a kid and had a few huffy bikes because that's what my parents could afford.
    20" huffy frames could not stand up to bmx like a mongoose, redline, or roger de-coster frame could.
    I broke several huffy frames back then.
  8. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member


    I plan to motorize it with an engine. :) LOL!

    Rack rear or frame, Grubee 4g t 4 stroke.

    Thanks. :)
  9. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    JMO, the best choice would be a used bicycle found on craigslist. You can buy EXCELLENT high-quality bicycles at great discounts.

    I'd choose a bike with dual disc brakes.:idea:
  10. There are tons of poor quality bikes out there. Some good ones can be found new or used. Any bike with a well made frame can be brought up to a standard that will work with an engine by replacing wheels, brakes, and bearings with high quality equipment. No poor quality frame is safe to motorize. As to disc brakes, good quality brakes are a must, but I have had very scary experiences with poor quality disc brakes. A rear disc may not work with all motorizing kits (GEBE).
  11. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member