I have the same bike. Frame is Ok (a bit heavy), the lower black frame is steel not Al. As to parts the only parts I liked where the Mega range cassette and freewheel. It is hard to find accessories due to strange geometry. I would not suggest the bike as you will not be able to deal with mechanical problems on the road. The Crankset is better than the one that shipped with mine (that I chucked). The Hubs were horrible. I replaced 2 rear axels before chucking the rear wheel. I think they are using the same 'Formula' hubs.
A Downtube would probably work better and leave you $200.
Swift might be pricey for you.
Dahon Boardwalk could work for you.
If you want a cheap ride high quality ride, I suggest you get a '90s steel stumpjumper or a 70's 80's French road bike for $100 or less. Then pay $500 for it to be hacked in two, see sandsmachine.com .
consider ebay or craigslist, I see them there regularly.
2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
1996 Birdy, Recommend.
Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.
Last edited by geo8rge; 06-26-06 at 07:49 PM.