Many "Roadies" are convinced that the best frames for a road bike are carbon frames - they are "lighter" and "more expensive", which in the "Roadie" world, means "better".
And, "lighter" makes sense when riding a bike UP a mountain. But what about the folks who enjoy riding DOWN seriously fast hills and mountains at high speeds? Of those whose riding involves a high amount of riding DOWN trails at high speeds, how many of your are riding on carbon frames? How many of your are using carbon handlebars?
When you are getting ready to ride DOWN an intense trail that requires experienced and skilled riders, what percentage of the riders that you see on the trails are riding with a carbon frame or a carbon fork?
And, if you won the lottery, and "money was no object", and you were looking for a bike that go DOWN any trail, at any speed, would a carbon frame be your first choice? Would a carbon handlebar be your first choice?