the seat post is off ebay. i think maybe this was a girls frame, 'cause it seems kind of small, plus normally i ride a stretched out cruiser. the laid back post helps, but i mean to look for a larger frame the next try.
the shock seemed to work fine, but if i keep playing with it and trying heavier loads i want to put on a stiffer one. the shock on it now is the one that came on the bike i started with, and as mentioned, the bike seemed to be for a smaller person.