Netflix hit series Stranger Things Bicycle timelime
So far there are 3 Netflix Stranger Things character bikes that have come to life thanks in part to Schwinn and Mongoose. Schwinn has come out with the first 2 and Mongoose with the 3rd edition. Seems as if there is a huge debate on how era correct the first 2 bikes are, or if they have the right look. Either way they are some wicked cool looking bikes with lots of flavor. The 3rd Edition is copied after an Old School BMX bike and doesn’t look much different than what you would have expected to see in the early 1980’s. I would love to hear your comments about all 3 of the bikes.
Let’s get to it, here they are.
This 1st Limited Edition Stranger Things Cruiser BMX by Schwinn is based off the bicycle from the character Mike Wheeler. There were only 500 of these bicycles made and they sold out very quickly. Like most collectible items they brought in big bucks for those who decided not to keep them but rather sell them on Ebay.
Netflix Stranger Things Schwinn Replica BMX Bike Edition Number 2 from the character of Lucas Sinclair. Ok, so this contraption I will call it doesn’t really know what decade it wants to belong. It has New School BMX, Muscle bike and Vintage BMX all wrapped up in one. From everything I have read it’s a mixed bag on if people really liked this 2nd generation Stranger Things BMX bike. Personally I think it’s a cool bike, even though lots of people think it has a little too much going on. It’s a must have if you are a serious collector.
Netflix Stranger Things Mad Max BMX. This is Edition 3 from the character of Max Mayfield. It’s slated for release on June 30, 2019 at the retail price of $219.99 from Target stores and online. This Max Mayfield BMX bike will appear in Season 3 which is scheduled to air on July 4, 2019 through Netflix.
I’m liking the Mad Max BMX Bike way better than the Lucas bike as I enjoy old school BMX items a little more than the new school stuff. Here are some stock photos of the Stranger Things Mongoose BMX bike.
Some savvy collectors and/or flippers have already aquired some of these Mad Max Mongoose bikes earlier than expected. I’m not sure how they found them pre-release but I do know they are already up on Ebay. Looks like securing one of these bikes could be very profitable for some. For others I’m sure they will try aquiring one if not more in the original box and storing it away for many years. How collectible will these Mad Max BMX Bikes really be? It will depend on how many are produced. I can only imagine how many people are going to have this bike on their wish list. It’s amazing how many kids dig the old school BMX flavor. Mongoose did their homework and knew that already, or they wouldn’t have put so much time and effort into this replica BMX bike.
Quick update as of 6/25/2019:
I was able to find a Stranger Things Mongoose BMX bike at my local Target store. As expected it was not out on the showroom floor yet. So I tracked down an employee and asked them if there were any in stock. The man said “yes, we have 2 in stock would you like me to get you one?” I said yes, that would be perfect thanks. He then informed me that it was still in the box and said that would be the only way to buy it if I wanted it today, unassembled.
I haven’t had time yet to do much other than break open the box and check out the bike. Stay tuned for an another update sooner than later and possible video of the bike. So far it’s looking fairly decent.
Update #2 as of 7/3/2019:
Finished unboxing and final assembly. Took a few pictures along the way. I’m pleasantly surprised at the build quality of this Mongoose. It really is the same quality as most entry level Bike Shop bikes for kids. There are a few things I found that I didn’t like. One being the very sharp unfinished seat tube internals. I had to take a file and some sand paper to the inside of the tube as it wouldn’t accept the seatpost without putting huge scratches in the chrome finish. Also, the mag wheels are cast aluminum and had some extra material that didn’t get taken off after getting removed from the mold. This extra material is super sharp and definitely not kid friendly. The only other issue that I have found so far is the scratched up handlebar. The way all the parts where zip tied together and put in the box allowed for the handlebar to rub on he bottom of the sprocket/chain, which chewed up the paint.
This bike has a few perks, one of which is the “Stalker” sticker under the top tube and the other is the sealed cartridge bearing hubs. Normally a bike will cost more than $500 if it has sealed bearing hubs, but Mongoose must have felt generous with this Stranger Things BMX. Overall it’s a lot of bike for the money in my opinion. Well worth the retail price and then some.
I’m diggin’ this 3rd Generation Stranger Things Mongoose BMX without a doubt. It’s a cool ride that looks the part all the way down to the sealed cartridge bearing mags. Sure, there are some parts that don’t quite belong but for the price I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. The vinyl padset puts it over the top for me, definitely a good move for Mongoose. Now, these pads are very thin material not at all thick like the original Mongoose padset form the 1980’s. That said it would be a very good idea to be extremely carefully while unsnapping the buttons. Wouldn’t want to pull on the material as it looks like it would tear very easily. If I were to remove the pads I would try popping the buttons apart with a small screw driver or something along those lines. I highly doubt Mongoose will have a replacement padset available. In my opinion the only thing that needs to be changed without even thinking twice would be the resin cheapo pedals. Mongoose should have put some sort of metal Rat Trap BMX pedals on the bike, something along the line of the old school KKT. In any case, if you want one of these Netflix Mongoose bikes you need to move fast as the hype is crazy! There are Max BMX Bikes on Ebayas of 7/2/2019.
Now lets compare an Old School BMX Mongoose frameset to the Stranger Things Mongoose BMX bike. These pictures are from a late 70’s Mongoose that I sold a while back. I believe it was a Mongoose Motomag, it had a very short top tube. In any case the older Mongoose bikes had a Nickel finish with a “V” pattern weld. The newer bikes are not Nickel plated, they are some sort of paint or powder coat. Looks like Mongoose tried hard to replicate the weld pattern but just didn’t make it look authentic 1970’s vintage BMX weld pattern. The gussets on the new bike also look a little different than the 70’s bike, but maybe it’s just the pictures that make it look different. Then there is the kickstand hole, which was not present on the original bike frame. I wish I had pictures of a 1980 Mongoose but I don’t unfortunately. This is as close as I can get, and for the sake of comparing the welds and finish these pictures will suffice. Mongoose did a great job on the fork, looks almost spot on minus those keyed washer holes on the dropouts ( thanks to Ralph Nader for bicycle safety ).
It’s safe to say that the replica bike will be easy to spot from the Old version bike. Mongoose did a very good job though while keeping the price right at the $200 price range. I think it’s great that kids will have the opportunity to ride a Retro vintage BMX bike. On that note there are many retro BMX bikes out in the market now. Brands like SE Racing, Mongoose, Schwinn and Redline are just a few that are making some really cool Retro Bikes with old school flavor. Just remember, BMX is only dead if you think it is. It lives on!
Was just emailed this from E-Bay. Now I am curious just how low or high the prices will go on this Mongoose. Looks like things are all over the place as of now. I can only imagine how crazy this will all be after the show debutes, and possibly even at Christmas time!