Strip it and put the parts on something else if they're worth anything and the frame isn't under warranty. Not to be a smartass, but you got what you paid for. It's why I buy name brands with warranties.
In 18 months of gentle use you have ridden the tires bald in the center? How many miles have you put on that thing? I would say look for a used bike without suspension if all you do is gentle path riding for a 5KM commute. All that suspension is going to do is rob you of power in your pedal stroke.
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Originally Posted by colorider
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
I would say definitely manufacturing defect, but not worth the price of fighting for a warranty replacement, when it is not the type of bike you need. Just look for a non-suspension hybrid with tire width between 32 and 37 mm
Hey, thanks for all your comments. I agree with them all which is why I just bought myself a much better bike without the rear suspension - 1 year warranty on the parts with 5 years on the frame this time.