in an office if six, five of us ride. i'm the only one who doesn't also ride trails.
Let me preface:
i've never ridden mtb.
well, that's not true-- when i was in my young teens, i had a huffy mtb that i rode trails with for like a year.
since then, i've owned and extensively ridden a:
-freestyle bmx bike
-time trial bike
I've ridden a few of my friends' mountain bikes too. The one thing i've found is that i HATE them. they feel big and clunky.
huge bars and longer cranks aside, i feel like mountain bikes aren't what i remember them to be.
are there more "traditional" mtb geometries still being made today?
also, i get the point of a sloped toptube, but i feel like i could achieve the same thing with a small frame.
is that feasible?
i'd like to avoid getting anything vintage, as i'm sure standards (esp steerer sizes) have changed, much like every other cycling subset.
my next question is, are there steel rides being made? this is purely asthetic of course.
the oversized tubing that's used for aluminum frames are sorta hard on my eyes. if so, is there a huge weight difference? are there "traditional" style bikes made from aluminum?
i realize i'm totally coming off as a noob here; i should. i only recently started looking at mountain bikes, and i can tell already that i have to learn all over again.