by Austin Wray
I have a full suspension mountain bike ( it’s a NEXT “powerstroke”) I’m starting to advance in my downhill/ freeriding, but the bike isn’t meant to take the kind of abuse i’m putting it through (ex. 4 to 10 foot drops). I was wondering if it would be possible to at least improve the bike by putting bigger coils on the front and rear suspension or if anyone has any other recommendations. I’ve already had people tell to me just to buy a downhill bike, but I’m only 15 years old and I don’t have $1,000 to spend on anything. I’m tired of having to go to a bike shop every other week because the wheel is warped, the tire popped, or something else because my suspension isn’t good enough.
You know I wish I could give you better news, buddy. Unfortunately the Next Power Stroke is not an upgrade-able suspension bike. You are not alone in your 15 year old quest of having your department store bike ride like a quality bike from a bike shop. You best bet would be look on you local Craigslist or eBay for a quality bike originally purchased from a bike shop. Even if you were able to upgrade, you would be spending the same amount of money for the needed parts as it would it take to buy a used bike and you would still have the same weak platform (frame).
I would never tell anyone to tone down their riding but in this case let me just warn you. Next doesn’t make mountain bikes for the mountains. They make bikes that mimic the look and that is all. Save your pennies and get yourself something that will withstand the abuse of learning to ride.
Good luck buddy, and welcome to the world of cycling. And, once you’ve graduated to a better bike … its only just the start.