My bike is dead, its weighs about 38lbs is used for XC, has wear on the rear shock bushing, needs constant tune-ups, and is about 5 years old.
My problem is I havent been planning on a bike replacement, am only 15, dont have any steady job, and dont really have enough (that i should wisely use) to buy anything more than a heavy hardtail, i have ridden the bike i have now, a dual suspension enduro for the last 2.5 years and my agressive riding would simply make it impossible for me to go back to a hardtail. The guy i have ridden with for the past 3 years has offered for me to work with him 3 saturdays on some stuff he needs to get done but i really dont want to do this since 3 days work doesnt pay off a 1000$+ bike and i just dont think it would ever quite feel like "my" bike, besides from the fact that he really doesnt have anything that i am interested in. My second option is borrowing another friends bike who iv ridden with for 2 years and wait until summer where i will make about additional 500-600 dollars, my third option being to patch and repair he problems i have with the bike (this includes new wheelset, frame, and overhaul on many bearings and the work that accompanies that), the fourth option is of course to ignore the cries of everyone and keep riding the bike the way it is. All the thoughts of this are going through my head, and im lost and need additional thoughts.