I agree that carbon feels "dead". I came from a steel Gunnar, also had a carbon mt. bike, then decided on a carbon endurance road bike (Kona Red Zone). I instantly felt as though I was riding plastic and missed the ride characteristics of quality steel. That's not to say that the CF bike didn't excel at certain things. Sprints are so fast and instantaneous that you'd better have a firm grip on the hoods. Climbing was also better, as the bottom bracket area offered little to no flex. On long rides with poor road surfaces, the "dead" feel became a non-issue. I almost forgot about it and was quite comfortable. I ran conti GP 4000's, 25c.
It's worth mentioning that I have replaced the CF bike with another US made steel bike (co-motion), and while the co-motion doesn't climb as well, I wouldn't trade the ride quality for anything carbon. The tires for this bike are conti 4 seasons, 28c. The ride is magic to me, but I'm a steel guy.
The Kona Red Zone weight: (stock, no pedals or cages) = 15.8lbs. *Also still for sale*
Co-Motion Nor'Wester weight: (custom build, no pedals or cages) = 19.1lbs.
Hope this helps,