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Hyper Havoc FS from the dumpster--I've torn it apart

Old 07-26-17, 11:35 PM
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Hyper Havoc FS from the dumpster--I've torn it apart

My recent alley find has finally been disassembled, and with a certain malevolent satisfaction if I do say so. Below you'll find a photo of what I started with.

I'm really wondering if it's worth it to try to do something with this bike, as pretty much all of the components could probably stand to be replaced. I know to expect exceedingly cheap parts poorly assembled from this class of bike, but I have to wonder, is the actual quality of the frame really that bad? Could it really be structurally unsound? I may be insane to contemplate buying (modest) upgrade parts to replace all the original crap; none of it's really worth saving but perhaps the frame is. Remember, it was free. (I'm not insane enough to contemplate riding this on an actual off-road trail, however.)

It took me about an hour and a little elbow grease (and penetrating oil) but it's all in pieces except for the crankset and the stuff on the handlebars.

This thing must have sat out in the elements or in someone's basement judging from the rust in certain spots, particularly the rear shock mounting bolts and the stem quill.

Front half of frame is aluminum as indicated, but rear half is steel as well as all of the steering stuff. Hyper's labeling it an "aluminum frame" is grossly misleading.

The 1" threaded headset stuff was a mighty pain to loosen and remove from the fork tube.

I have no idea what variety of Shimano derailleurs this thing has but it sure doesn't look too fancy. Could definitely stand to be replaced with something nicer. Rear derailleur possibly broken, front derailleur just rusty. I dislike those twist shifters.

Looks like a square taper type bottom bracket; there is a gap that doesn't look right. Piece broken out of chainring guard. Chain separated.

Nice light wheels, but needs new bearings both front and back. Front axle missing mounting nuts, also rusty. Has got to be a freewheel on the back, looks like Shimano. Rear tire tread worn in one spot. Remnants of a dork disc.

V-brakes, but they look like very thin and flimsy stamped steel. Rusted noodles. Mediocre levers but better than what was on my Huffy.

No idea of the quality of the suspension but as near as I can tell both ends work. Interestingly, coil-over rear shock is labeled summer-bike.com, a domain which is currently expired. :-D

Okay saddle, standard rail type, steel seatpost. Looks more casual rider than hardcore MTB type saddle.

Overall, pretty meh, somehow this reeks of cheapness in a way that my old (USA made) Huffy doesn't. It may just go into my basement for future consideration, or it may go back out into the alley from whence it came. Stay tuned.


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Clean it up and donate it to a coop or a charitable thrift store.
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The bike cost $119 brand new. I wouldn't put anything more than cheap cables, brake pads, and tires into it, and even that would be questionable if the originals were still serviceable.

I second Maelochs. Clean it up, lube it up, and give it to someone who needs incredibly basic transport, or to a local neighbor kid who may not be able to afford their own.
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