This has been buzzing round my head for a while, and this quote from the 91 Orange catalogue captures it..
'Normally, aluminium frames offer comfort, but can feel dead when power is applied'
Back in the day, this was recognised as how Alu bikes ride. New skool thinking is that Alu bikes are hard and accelerate really quickly.
Whats that all about?
Has aluminium changed its properties over time?
Also, top line bikes used to be Alu, el crappo were steel.
Now, top line are steel, el crappo are Alu.