It's like you're in my head...Probably because of enthusiasts like myself who will only consider carbon, and because of the Ritz Effect, which I just made up. This is the psychological effect that occurs when something is so expensive there's little disincentive to not pay a little more and get the better product/material. If the aluminum bike is $4000, might as well get the $5000 carbon version.
If he won't a bike from Taiwan, It would be crazy to buy one built by people who consider poutine and maple syrup distinct and major food groups.Devinci still hand-builds their aluminum frames in Canada.
Truth!! I used to ride Ventana (2003-2011)Ventana. Not the most popular and probably unheard of in the last two generations, but put the media hype aside and order up what what you want. Tell the lady your needs. She knows more than you'll ever know. Frame stiffness is second to none. Get a custom frame in two weeks. Or go plastic and no customer service. You ever ride with the guy who built your frame?
You do know this term is so played out it's as old as dinosaur sh*t.Steel is real.