I took it out on much more advance trails yesterday with my brother who was riding a fully custom $$$$ DeSalvo Ti frame.
I'm replacing the 18T freewheel with a 20T and upgrading the stem and seatpost (Thomson) and a 1/8" chain.
Climbing the big wheeler was pretty huffy-puffy, and you kinda have to do the math with what the locals ride on 26" and try to match it. My brother and his team members rock 32/18 on these particular trails with their 26" bikes and I was using the 33/18 on the Motobecane... so I had to take breaks on the climbs, especially when your cadence get's screwy getting behind a geared bike when the rider is in full granny gear mode.
The stem I had was a minimal offset freeride stem, and it made things a little funny in the steering department, so the 110mm 31.8 Thompson stem should do me right. I'm a beefy guy and so I'm going with the 1/8" bombproof SS chain.
All in all, I'm taking this thing to the apocalypse. It's a TON of fun, and we were really hauling arse on the downhill sections of the singletracks. Even with the rigid fork, it handled alright.