So, I moved to Colorado last year for three months and had to leave in a hurry. I wanted a mountain bike so I bought a Motobecane 600ht from bikesdirect.com without much thought.
I'm now riding a lot more and I'm just not digging my bike. It's HEAVY at around 35 lbs and just feels cumbersome. I ride deer trails/trail blaze so I'm off and on my bike, walking it over big logs and other obstructions. On climbs it's very sluggish.
My question is this: Should I upgrade this bike with new components or sell it and buy a new one? I don't think this bike will ever be a lightweight with the existing frame. I don't have a lot of money to spend but would rather spend more and get something that I'll be happy with for years to come. I'm not sure if a full suspension frame is necessary but would go that route if I could afford one without sacrificing components. I want this to be as light as I can afford it to be. My absolute maximum would be 2000.00 but would like to stick to the 1000.00 to 1500.00 range. This is all pending on whether or not I do well at my next art show, so wish me luck!
Thanks for any help. If you guys need more specifics just let me know.