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Simi Valley, California, U.S.
|Headquarters||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Products||Bicycle and Related Components|
Mongoose is a brand name of bicycles originally designed, manufactured, and sold by BMX Products, Inc.
BMX Products, Inc.
Skip Hess started BMX Products, Inc. out of his home in Simi Valley, California in September 1974 with his first product being the famous Motomag One wheel. According to Hess, at its largest stage of expansion, BMX Products, Inc. employed about 85 people. In its early years Hess recalled that about 600 frames per day were produced at its Chatsworth, Los Angeles location.
RECO (Racer Engineering Company) was a wholly owned manufacturing division created for insurance purposes to be separate from BMX Products, Inc, even though RECO was always produced in-house. It was headed by Vice President of Manufacturing Hoppy Brooks, in his attempt to market motorcycle frames.
Mongoose was sold to American Group in 1985 and marketed by their Service Cycle subsidiary. Bell Sports bought American Group in 1995 and sold Mongoose to Brunswick Outdoor Recreation Group in 1997. Brunswick sold Mongoose to Pacific Cycle in 2000 and Pacific Cycle was bought by Dorel Industries in 2004.
Mongoose sells essentially two lines of bicycles. One is a line of discount bikes offered through mass-merchandisers like Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Target. The other featured on their website, are higher-end models sold through specialty bicycle shops.