I am not sure why but I am rather smitten wit this bike I
salvaged from a local dumpster. It is a Next full suspension aluminium frame Wall Mart special. I guess I like it for 3 reasons. I got it for free, it is light as hell and the shape is fun to look at.
Now the frame parts are built rather ok it is all the supporting equipment that is crap. The one big issue I have with the frame is that it is not a unified rear end. The crank and the rear drive sprocket are seperated by a joint. When I test rode the bike it rode well but it had issues with chain slack and bounce when riding in the rough. This is due to the rear not having the crank attached and it caused issues with power tranfer to the wheel and shifting problems. So I decided to drag out the old mig and tig welders and the grinder and mod the bike to make it a unified rear end. Then build the bike up using mid range gear.
So far I am only working with the steel parts that I can MIG as my TIG welder is down and I may have to replace it.
here are some pics.
This post will be updated later with more progress.