I've just about worn out every component on my ancient Haro again. (It's so old it has an undermount rear brake and a 6 spd freewheel.) So, I'm looking to upgrade to something with modern components.
Trouble is, I'm a clyde at 225 lbs and will never go below 200. I do not trust alum frames at this weight for off road. And, I DO ride my mtn bike off road on both single track and fire roads. I climb hard and descend at medium speeds (20-30 mph). I do not need full supsension either as I am not into grabbing air or huge drops.
So, who makes a steel framed hardtail these days? I figure anything modern ought to beat the 33 lbs my Haro weighs even if I stay with steel.