Breeman saidI stay away from Walmart. It's like the dollar store for me. You think you're saving money when in the long run the damn thing falls apart and you end up spending MORE money when you have to buy another and another.
I bought a Swiss Army knapsack about 12 years ago and it's still like new!! Mind you I spent a little more on it but I figure I would have gone threw at least 5 cheap Walmart knapsacks over 12 years costing me more and... well you get the idea.
My Mother always told me that same thing. Provided that you really are getting genuine quality, and not just paying for the vain prestige of an image label, then paying more upfront can save you more in the long run.
As she'd tell me, a quality item can outlast several of the cheaper, and cost less than their combined individual prices. And in the meantime, you typically have something that looks better, works better, feels & fits better if clothing, and often has more features.
On the other hand, in this case, I believe Paul only wants the bike for the short time he's in SD. And then I presume leave it behind? So durability and longevity are not such important considerations. This bike is an expendable.
The problem is that Paul is very hard on his bikes.
"I've already broken the bottom bracket (thingy that lets the pedals spin) from jumping it too much."
So that's the dilemma. You can't jump a cheap, flimsy bike very much, but you don't wanna pay big bucks for a stronger bike that's probably not coming back home. Because back home are already more high-quality bikes than there's room to store them, or there's a need to have.