Bike Check: Greg Illingworth’s Custom Mongoose

Greg Illingworth just built up a new custom Mongoose and here it is – a dialled colour combo on this new set-up, but it’s more than just pretty colours – this is a custom Mongoose frameset made in the USA to Greg’s personal specs, built up with a bunch of his own signature Snafu parts – from the aqua frame and fork to the black and chrome parts to the gum Fireball tyres, this thing looks HOT. Here’s his Bike Check along with a quick Q&A…

Name: Greg Illingworth
Age:  30
Height:  187cm
Weight:  68kg
Hometown:  Johannesburg / London
Sponsors: Mongoose Bicycles, Monster Energy, Fox Clothing, Vans shoes, Bell Helmets, Snafu parts.

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FRAME:  Custom Mongoose
– 21.25″ top tube
– 13.5″ chain stay length
– 8.75″ seat tube height – 75° head angle
– 69° seat tube angle
– 127mm head tube length
FORK:  Snafu Magical forks
BARS: Snafu Illingworth bars – 29″ wide | 8.75″ high | 11° back | 1° up | 807g/28.5oz
STEM: Shadow
GRIPS: Snafu Illingworth
BAR-ENDS: Snafu alloy bar ends
HEADSET: Snafu Fontanel
SEATPOST: Snafu pivotal
SEAT: Snafu Signature pivotal
PEDALS: Snafu Anorexic
CRANKS: Snafu Mayweather 175mm
CHAIN: Eclat halflink
FRONT TYRE: Eclat Fireball 2.3
REAR TYRE: Eclat Fireball 2.3
FRONT WHEEL: Odyssey Antigram
REAR WHEEL: Eclat Pulse LSD 9t
PEGS: Eclat metal

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What custom mods have you made to your bike?
Other than the custom geometry on the frame and bars that I have chosen myself, nothing is really custom. I am comfortable riding stuff pretty stock as long as the bike feels right, which for me is about the right geo on the frame and bars, the right gear ratio, and the right tyres.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The pedals, cranks, sprocket, chain, tubes, tyres, rear wheel and hub guard are all brand new.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
The stem is the oldest part on my bike. I’m not attached to any parts like that.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
I usually freshen up the bike twice a year. It would never be an entire new set up, but it might be one or two new frames for the year and then about 50% new parts each time.
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
Well my first job was in a bike shop and I ran my own BMX shop for a while so I know how to maintain it. I often let it get a bit manky before I fix everything at once.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
I’m about to start shooting an edit with Ride US which we’ll shoot in London and Tallinn. I’ll hit Simple Session right after that.

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Greg has Irritable Bowl Syndrome. He gets agitated if he goes too long without riding a bowl in some shape or form. “I absolutely love riding bowls.” Says Greg, “I moved to London this year and now have 4 completely different bowls within riding distance from my house. I ended up riding tons of bowls this year and it just made sense to film an all bowl edit.” You’ll also get to see him hit a legendary spot in Japan. So watch how Greg cures his IBS.

Here Greg went back to his homeland in South Africa to make this diverse video part – it shows just how versatile of a rider he really is riding concrete parks, street and dirt.