For 1997 the expert comp features a Mongoose race ready cro-mo looptail main frame in chrome or matt ice graphite, paired with a chrome 1 inch cro-mo fork, Mongoose alloy 4 bolt stem, Expert handlebar, Mongoose Kryton grips. Shimano CT-91 Canti brake on the rear with alloy Mongoose lever, Mongoose 36 hole alloy rims with alloy Formula hubs and Mongoose blur tyres. Mongoose heat treated 1-piece cro-mo 175 millimetre crank set with alloy 44 tooth chain ring and spyder, Mongoose alloy comp pedals, 26.0 millimetre seat post, Mongoose racing seat and 3 bolt seat clamp.
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Made in Taiwan.
Fourth Letter in the serial indicates year of production. F=1996 or G=1997. X in the example above indicates production Month (E to L - May to Dec). Y in the example above indicates production Month (A to D - Jan to April).
Bikes made in Taiwan usually had an 8 month production and shipping timeline before they were sold in bike shops around the world. In May of any year, factories would usually switch production to making models for the following year.