Ok. To try to answer everything at once; By worn out I mean 18 months of hard service. Rear wheel is wobbly, fork stodgy, shifters / mechs sticky. Bear in mind they are all low grade oem parts. In comparison with my XT / fox shod FS it’s night and day to ride – a bit frustrating tbh.
I realise I could service everything but even at full working capacity it won’t be the same. So what do I want? A fat tyred cotic-a-like to be fun on forest single track is what I’m thinking. Happy to get a pike/rev second hand although I need 9mm qr.
Get an SLX groupset deal off merlin (cheap compared to full whack by quite a way), 2×10 that sucker. Bung in a 20mm Pike or Rev and some Hope hubbed wheels (I have a front for sale in t’classifieds 😉 ).
Hold out for a Gravity Dropper 2nd hand, they really add versatility to the bike and maintain flow. Non-stop riding is awesome!
This would drastically improve the sticky, squidgy toffee sponge pudding of a bike you have into an all terrain profiterole stack. Or something.
^ Yeah as above, get a bolted fork, it’s a stiff-ish frame for steel and a bolted 120mm fork, 70-80mm stem, 700mm bar and something like Rubber Queen 2.2s on wider rims will sort it. Well that’s what I did with mine anyway )