Return of the Mongoose Hooligan – A 90s Classic BMX returns as a 29er
Mongoose has revived the Hooligan, a classic BMX from the 90s reborn with 29″ wheels. The so-called Big BMX is made for “riding the streets like a boss“, for those who want the playfulness and style of a BMX but the fast-rolling efficiency of 29″ wheels for going the distance. It comes in three styles, including a 26” Fat Bike.
Mongoose Hooligan 29″ BMX
The Mongoose Hooligan was a BMX workhorse throughout the 1990s, a staple in the lineup from 1990 through to 2001. The younger audience may be more familiar with the Mongoose Hooligan as a scooter, an alternative vehicle for the take-offs and rails of the skate park. In 2022 it makes its return as a BMX, only with 29″ wheels this time, as opposed to the much smaller 20″ wheels one would normally see on a BMX.
Those bigger hoops and the longer rear-centre length that comes along with them will change the bike’s nature significantly, making it a fair bit more challenging to jib about on, at least for most mortals anyway. The Hooligan retains other hallmarks of a BMX with a single-speed drivetrain (25T chainring a 13T sprocket), a rear brake only, and a braced 5″ rise handlebar, with a Mongoose-branded top tube pad on the steel frame options.
The Mongoose Hooligan will be available in three formats:
- Hooligan: Hi-Ten steel frame
- Hooligan AL: 6061 aluminum frame
- Hooligan Fat: Tectonic T1 6061 aluminum frame
The most affordable of those is the Hi-Tensile, retailing at $529.99 USD for the complete bike, available in black and blue colorways. The Hooligan AL will set you back a little more at $579.99 USD. While the frame itself is made of 6061 aluminum, its rigid fork is the same Hi-Tensile steel seen on the lower-end bike. This one is available in silver and green colorways.
The two 29ers are identical in their geometry with a 70° head tube angle, 71° seat tube angle and BB drop of 65mm. The top tube length comes in a 640mm paired with 454mm chainstays. They are spec’d with a 48mm stem and 5″ rise bars at 730mm wide.
The Hooligan Fat BMX gets an aluminum frame too, with a different geometry based around its 26″ wheels and 4″ tires. It also benefits from a front brake, too. It goets a shorter front end but a much longer rear-centre to accomodate the massive rear tire, and it is 5mm higher than the 29er. It is also spec’d with a long 90mm reach stem and a narrower 700mm bar with a 6″ rise. That one is the most expensive of the lot, retailing at $749.99 USD.