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Old 12-05-08, 05:52 PM   #1
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next la jolla

seen these aluminum single speed cruisers at wal-mart for under $100 and i have heard good things about them. the lightweight aluminum frame gets my interest as well as the nice paint jub it comes with. anyone out there have one of these la jollas or can tell me anything they'd like to share about them? looks like they come with a alloy 3piece crank too. wonder if the arms and chainring can be swapped out for a shimano replacement? most people i have spoke to loe this bike but not the grips. any thoughts?
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Old 12-06-08, 09:21 AM   #2
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NEXT,, means NEXT to nothing !! Add a little more $ & get something better. For those on a tight budget, the Target Schwinns priced at $150-$200 are decent enough. I have worked on the Next & the Schwinns , & rather surprised by the Target Schwinns in THAT PRICE RANGE . Plus, at WalMart, they will be semi-assembled by someone who has little idea of what he is doing. Our local Target has a good person to assemble.
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Old 12-07-08, 04:00 PM   #3
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yeah, i kinda know what you mean. i will be assembling it and i am more than capable of doing that and making sure everything else is correct on it. i alleady got a next power x mountainbike softail my wife bought for me for our aniversary last year and besides the soft suspension, worlds worst seat and cheap components, its not bad for $60 (i found a small sticker on it that said $60 and i held them to it vs the $79 big sticker price). i did look at the schwinn westwind 7speed cruiser for like $75 more. maybe if i gotta turn this one back in. hope not. thanks.
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Old 12-07-08, 09:26 PM   #4
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My wife and I bought a couple of the Next La Jolla step through frame bicycles about two years ago. I have fairly good feelings about them; they seem to have really surprisingly well built frames: TIG welded aluminum. I would rank the quality right up there with many of the big name aluminum frame bicycles. The frames on our bikes are built by Kent bicycle company, but I don’t know if they are still building the frames for the Next La Jolla bikes now, or not.

My wife and I were in Wal-Mart about a week ago and sadly the Next La Jolla bikes seem to have several changes on them… like painted handlebars, welded painted gooseneck, cheaper looking paint job on the frame, and I could be wrong, because it’s hard to tell, looking at it in the store, but the frame looks smaller on the bike to me now on the new ones (ours are19 inch frames). Our two bikes had nice chrome handlebars, and gooseneck, and a beautiful anodized looking blue aluminum frame, but that was two years ago, and Wal-Mart does seem to have a way of chipping away at quality once they have something that sells well…

The first thing I did when we bought our bikes was change the grips, (they are bad) and put a front brake on the bikes for added safety. The tires and rims seem to be fairly well made, and the seat is not the best, but adequate (my wife wanted hers replaced ASAP). The rear hubs are probably not the greatest, they seem to be generic copies of a single speed shimano hub, but they seem to function fine for the riding style this bike is built for. The front hubs seem ok.

The only thing I have had to do to both bikes, was after twenty five miles, I had to adjust the bearing cones on both front and rear hubs, and both bikes. I did re-grease the hubs after about fifty miles, because Next doesn’t seem to be overly generous with grease in the hubs. The crank is a three piece forged crank, but I couldn’t tell you whether you could put a multiple chain ring crank on it or not. It looks like you could, but I don't know if it is a standard size or not...

Over all I’ve been fairly happily surprised by the quality of the bikes… I wouldn’t want to start a cross country ride on either of them, but then again that wasn’t what they were built to do… And, for the money, they are hard to beat... Someday I would like to convert mine to a internal geared three, or five speed… then I would really like the bike even more. Hope this helped you some Oqbigbird.
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Old 12-08-08, 06:34 PM   #5
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thanks bionicycle for taking the time to post so much good information. yeah, i heard that the grips are poor design too, and i plan to have a new pair of those along with a few other goodies to put on mine when i get it. well actually, its allready on its way. i figured that for the price, if i really like it, it will become my next commuter (get it... NEXT commuter? c'mon, i'm laughing my tokus off here) and i will get another one for use as my lowrider project. la jolla meets la bamba.
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