Heresey, I know!
But, my brother in Albuquerque, whom I am visiting, boujght one a few weeks ago.
I adjusted and lubricated EVERYTHING, and for less than $80, it really is pretty decent (for an $80 bike).
All the gears shift smoothly, the brakes work, and after screwing the suspension to full tight, it works remarkably well.
p.s. I even "fit" it to him, and he says it feels MUCH better.
" You gotta start somewhere, and being in a college town, he should be able to resell it if and when he decides to step up.