It's still a tough call. I am much more confident in the frames ability to handle the rough stuff now. I moved the stem/handlebar down, but the fork (@120mm) is too tall for the frame. It wants to wheelie up every climb. I will be lowering it to 100mm this week and if need be, use a lower rise bar. The frame does exactly what it was intended to do. Take the edge off hits and pedal like a hardtail. I still feel like I'm going to break it at some point, but it will be my fault. I will say this. If you are looking for a XC race/endurance bike, I don't see how you could beat the cost effectiveness of this frame. If you have lots of extra income, get a SF 100 or Tallboy, but for about $900 for a legit 4 lb. frame, this is hard to beat. I did put a MRP chain guide and Ignitors on it (tubeless). Weighed it today after riding and it was 24 lbs. 4 oz. (w/bottle cage, and Ergons). I'll review it again after the fork adjustment and some tweaking. By the way, I bent the der. hanger Wed. on Gatorback, but was able to bend it back. I have a new one on the way.