Originally Posted by gobigkahuna
... Many bikes made by big name manufacturers (Huffy / Schwinn / Mongoose) ...
A lot of the name-brand stuff sold at Wal-mart is a sub-standard quality than what you would get through other channels.
Wal-Mart competes on price alone and they like to have brand-names, but more than that they want the lowest-priced product that looks acceptable--no matter how poor the quality really is.
It's common to associate a name-brand with an expected level of quality, but that doesn't work at big box stores, and especially at Wal-Mart. Many manufacturers agree to produce very low quality-and-price products just for Wal-Mart to sell.