Thinking about my first cross bike, mostly to ride local fireroads and mild singletrack. Ride quality makes me think steel is the way to go. But I'm wondering if steel would be more apt towards corrosion rather than aluminum (e.g. errants rocks that chip paint and the frame)? Maybe it's not an issue. I ride a Ti road bike and a Carbon fiber mountain, so it's never been a problem for me?
Ti or Carbon fiber would be a nice compromise, but it's more spendy than I'd prefer at this point. I'm thinking Lemond Poprad (True Temper steel) vs. Bianchi Axis or Kona JTS (Easton Ultralite).
I'm in a relatively small town in western Colorado without a whole lot of opportunity to demo, so...what do ya'll think? Supple ride of steel at expense of corrosion potential vs. more rigid ride of Aluminum at expense of ride quality???