So, my neighbors husband passed and gave this to me. He was an avid rider. What am I looking at? Across the frame, looks like a sticker that once said Peddle Power on it with Shimano XT gear all around.
This is something built from mismatched parts. The frame looks like it's from the 90s with cable stops for cantilever brakes, threaded headset and quick release seatpost. Lugged construction hints that it was a high end one, but identifying the brand is going to be difficult. The drivetrain on the other hand is newer (probably late 00s) and second highest tier from Shimano.
And yes, the sticker really is misspelled.
I like the ride it for a while before deciding to be rid of it idea. You will have a better idea of the path you wish to take. Older 26" non suspended steel frame MTB's are absolutely bullet proof and usually set up with good brakes and derailleur systems. Good durable all round bicycles. I also like hybrid bicycles so you have a tough job figuring out what to do. I have found that bicycle weight is not a good predictor of overall performance. Unless the bicycle is grossly heavy a few pounds is not going to make much of a difference in performance on properly maintained bicycles. Good luck.