I go on rides somewhat frequently in the summer, and they are semi-mountainous. Nothing to extreme. I have had a Schwinn s-25 (dept. store buy, $200) that has lasted me years, more than I expected from the price and where I got it. I have had no problems for a full 4 years. I am about to buy it again, for lack of anything equal or better in value. I haven't ever replaced parts, and I have no assembling skills. Can anyone actually disprove this bike for me?
Now, I know this bike is a piece of junk compared to most Bike Shop quality material, but my question to you seasoned people is this: I have an old S-25 frame, which is a good frame and still nice. Should I rip off the parts and put better parts on that frame? Most importantly, is there an affordable full-suspension bike that I can get within my very limited price range?