What to do with a Beast?

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What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:16 am

Picked up this beauty :roll: yesterday for $50. Barely ridden but they let it sit long enough that the tires popped off. So far, the only mechanical issue appears to be a missing coaster strap and the expected dry bearings.

Once I clean and lube it, I need to decide what to do with it.

Options:
1. Lighten it up, slap a dropbar on it, and use it as a gravel grinder/off-road speedster. But is it even possible to lighten this bike without spending a fortune on new wheels, etc? Would definitely need new cranks and a larger chainring.
2. Convert it to a cruiser with ape hangers. Probably still needs cranks.
3. Turn it into a utility bike. Probably the cheapest way to go, as the cranks could stay. But the single speed would be very limiting.

Thoughts and advice are welcome.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:53 am

The single biggest weight loss upgrade you can do on these bikes is Tires. But it can be one of the most expensive upgrades. Choose carefully if you do decide to upgrade the tires, because some are just as heavy as the stock set.
Square taper cranks are available everywhere. Searching one out that works for you might take some time, but there are bargains out there.

You surely already know that just plain riding a bike as is for a while, will show you exactly what it needs, or what you're going to want to do with it. But with the Beast, I see a handlebar swap. The stockers are too narrow and the bike is just too heavy to ride as a BMX. Ape hangers look cool on the beast, but they instantly limit the type of riding you can do. If there are hills where you live, ape hangers are going to limit you even further, but the whole ape hanger/cruiser thing is WAY not about hill climbing lol.. As is, The Beast would make a good gravel/utility bike. You wouldn't necessarily have to use a drop bar. I see gravel bikes with flat bars becoming more popular. What I see becoming more popular for fatbikes though, is unusual handlebars, like the old butterfly bars, and mid-width (600-660mm) MTB bars with the bull horn looking end grips. kind of old school, but still cool looking, and you get the extra riding position.

A Beast for $50 is a great find! Just have fun with it :P
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:24 am

I've got a set of butterfly bars laying around. Took them off my commuter/day tripper because they weren't wide enough. But they might be fun on this thing.
Current bbb bikes - Mongoose Beast, Iron Horse Yakuza 5.1. Other bikes - Marin Fairfax, Specialized Sequoia, and Torker Tristar. Other "other" bikes - Cyco-cycle, Razor DXT drifter. Current project - 1995 Specialized Hard Rock to gravel grinder.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Gravelo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:26 pm

I have a Beast and a Malus, and would easily throw down 50 bucks for a second Beast. My only changes have been to paint it and do graphics, and put in a stem adapter to use a threadless stem. I have it set up with a short 31.8 stem and some Raceface 620mm bars right now. I've also run it on lots of gravel with a Velo Orange Crazy Bar and some flipped over Tenacious D bars. Fun bikes for sure. Think about changing the rear cog before changing the chainring. Easier and faster. Go to my blog and you might find some pics, www.gravelo.blogspot.com Have fun!
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Gravelo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:39 pm

^^^ search "beast" in the search bar at upper left corner.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:03 pm

Gravelo wrote: I've also run it on lots of gravel with a Velo Orange Crazy Bar and some flipped over Tenacious D bars. Fun bikes for sure. Go to my blog and you might find some pics, http://www.gravelo.blogspot.com Have fun!


Those inverted riser bars look better on that bike than I expected! :geek:
Nice bike, cool blog.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:26 pm

Gravelo wrote:I have a Beast and a Malus, and would easily throw down 50 bucks for a second Beast. My only changes have been to paint it and do graphics, and put in a stem adapter to use a threadless stem. I have it set up with a short 31.8 stem and some Raceface 620mm bars right now. I've also run it on lots of gravel with a Velo Orange Crazy Bar and some flipped over Tenacious D bars. Fun bikes for sure. Think about changing the rear cog before changing the chainring. Easier and faster. Go to my blog and you might find some pics, http://www.gravelo.blogspot.com Have fun!


The flipped riser bars are interesting. I'd have to add a riser to use them, though.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Gravelo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:38 pm

Yeah, that position on the bike is a holdover from my racing days. I've started loving really short stems, but still like the look of an old 90s era racing set up. The Velo Orange bar I mentioned is a real neat bar. Not big box, but cool none the less. I made one with a cut down 10 speed bar and some bar ends if that counts for big box:)
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:47 am

I've been wanting either the Velo Orange or the Surly Mokolo for my commuter. This my best rendition using bar end attachments. But I think even a Velo orange will be too busy-looking for what I want for the Beast.
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This is a bar I snagged off an old Motobecane. It's not quite a butterfly and not quite a bullhorn. If I have time to get the Beast up and running this weekend (still need to find a coaster brake strap), I'm going to give these bars a try.
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I still like the idea of dropbars as well, though.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:38 am

Nobody said you can't use a drop bar. I'm starting a conversion to flared drops on my Malus this weekend :)
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