id say built not to ride! but then again, that depends on where you are riding.
ill post a pic of my zinn z-centuar when i can, it had a 3ft seatpost & a 150mm stem. WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING!
not to bad for riding bridleways, but anymore, & its nooo good. (dont say road riding)
modern bikes are a mix up. some comfirm to looks, appeal & image (kona's with their far-to-fat down tubes, & high headtubes-a-la DH bike) but some dont. look at hardtail gary fishers, they are quite old skool-ish, with long top tubes, but & this is THE difference from the 90's, they have shorter stems, & higher head tubes for 4" forks.
some will dissagree, but mtb geomerty has changed, because of downhill bikes..
89' Ridgeback 602lx/603
91' Muddy Fox Alu Pro
87' Muddy Fox Courier
86' Muddy Fox Courier
85' Porsche 924!
On the Kona hunt ..