I just made a major (visually speaking) change to my bike, moving more toward being Riv-like.
In imitation of Andy's "Kool-Aid" list above:
Made in the U.S.A. Cro-Moly frame
Clearance for at least 41mm tires (running fat 38's)
Stable front-end geometry
Lower bottom bracket (relative to mountain bikes....more in line with a road bike)
Threaded headset with quill stem
Friction shifters (if I stay with the Alba's I'll mount bar-ends)
This is as close as I'll ever get to a Hunqapillar.