In the words of Nike: Just Do It

You want to look for slop in the pivot, which is notoriously hard to fix. However, recently one of the friendly users here (runzoff) did some legwork to track down how to get new pivot hardware from the guy who made them:

The rear shock might be cashed out. It might be challenging to find a replacement, but there’s also another thread here talking about possible subs:

You might have some luck rebuilding the original shock, I’ve had success in the past pulling apart the Rock Shox variant. Never tried to service a Fox. 

Look for excessive chainsuck damage, and otherwise the frame being square. Look around the headtube—you don’t want one that’s been endo’d (too much). Cracks in paint and stuff is sure giveaway, but even look for more subtle signs of damage.

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