Unfortunately, the bike will be staying with the bike shop I bought it from and I'll be getting a new one (probably something different again).
To cut a long story short: the previous owner of the Kalamunda Bike Shop in Perth, Western Australia, did a bodgy job on the bottom braket before selling the shop to its current owners -- the threading was stripped. Yet, he merely taped up the bottom braket axle and jammed it back in.
Foretunately, I had only taken it for one stressful downhill ride before it started showing signs with the front derailleur not shifting correctly. It turned out the crank had started falling out and was barely hanging on.
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