That frame, and the wheels (knock on wood) have already taken some hits that surprised me (ya know the "well this is gonna hurt" moments). Right now my front shifting just takes some encouragement, I think it's just an adjustment issue. I've got too much leg hair to do any real XC. I like climbing hills and such but im a long way from XC. I may be down for some ds next week if I get the RXC straightened out. Tiger is down until I can take it apart.