I'm surprised. I've had a used Giant Cypress for almost four years, and it's never fallen apart. I thought it would, eventually, because I ride fast, always need to change gears a lot, ride over occasional cobblestoned crosswalks and off-road, curbs, etc., but it still looks like a new bike and shifts as smoothly as the first time I'd ridden it.
I've only had one flat because I ruined my back wheel after incorrectly removing my air pump from the valve several times, causing it to tear and leak air. I know better, now, and haven't made the same mistake, again.
It's the best bike I've ever had, way better and more comfortable than the Huffys of my youth.
Maybe your local roads destroyed your bike, with potholes, glass, rocks, debris, salt, sand, etc. If that's the case, they still might give your newer, expensive bike flat tires.
Last edited by anon06; 03-29-14 at 03:53 PM.