I'm late to this thread but I believe they're cool
An as for not being able to ride them due to costs, paint etc, I'm building up one as a commuter bike now that'll be used everyday to and from work OFF ROAD!
I agree that many of us didn't discuss them in the way we did other bikes like PACE etc BITD but that was because they were SOOOOOOOOOOO far out of reach of our pocket, we ignored them in favour of something that could be bought if we sold off most of our body organs to finance buying a bare frame...
Been MTB racing since the 80s but now just riding for the sheer joy of it...
Current rides: Yeti AS-R & Graham Tomlinson 531c Road Bike & CBR Gatecrasher (for my wife)
Building: X-Rated Snare BMX