Welcome David S. and his 1980 Mangusta. Interesting name, and a more interesting heritage. You spend a sunny day on this baby and you’ll cook your underside as evenly as your topside.
Have a nice weekend. And if your in the greater Chicagoland on Sunday, be sure to mind your Manors on a Meadow Tour (Mayslake Peabody Estate – 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523)
Hello – David S. here,I live in Nashville, Tennessee, and I bought this bicycle new here in 1981 for $199., the dealer had it on the floor for over a year and could not sell it, so we negotiated a major discount and I took it home. It had a set of tubular tire wheels which I still have but don’t use, I still ride it several times a year with the clincher rims on it as shown in the photo. It is super light at only 18lbs, (21 lbs with the clinchers), a tiny bit springy but lively and very comfortable. It’s a distance road bike or time trial bike really, not a sprinter.It was made by Motobecane with lightweight Columbus tubing, and sold by Mongoose Bikes as the “Mangusta”. I have fiddled with the components over the years, but they are all correct for the period. Crankset & headset are Stronglight, brakes are Universal with factory drilled levers, gears are Huret Jubilee, pedals are Lyotard alloy, tires are Michelin, bars & stem are TTT Superleggero. Just won first place at a bike show for best road bike, see trophy in the pic. I think it was the factory drilled chainwheel that put me over the top. Next time I will show it with a factory drilled out saddle too. (no kidding, I just bought one at a swap meet!) Hope you enjoy the photo.