Fat tubed bikes just look over built and over weight even if in fact they are really lightweight and hi tech like Dales. The GT fat tubed bikes look especially over done when other manufacturers can get the same performance with less lardy looks. Steel GT's are nice though as they have skinny tubes. Its just aesthetics nothing more
BITD I hated steel tubed bikes, alu all the way. Steel looked to roady and mtb'in embraced new technology which was part of the appeal of the bikes the cannondales/manitou/san an/Klein
etc. Now its almost inverse where the ride and looks of steel trump the fat ally most
of the time.
Same here, wouldn't say i hated them though, just overlooked them probably with the exception of JMC's jellybean Salsa.
I was very much seduced by fat alloy tubes and full bounce BITD, had a Proflex, a Zaskar LE then a Trek 9500 and dreamed about LTS's, Manitou's and Kleins, all fat, mostly bouncy .
This site has changed my mind about steel though, lust after Breezers, Bontragers, YO's and Ritchey's now.
Having said that there's a nice 16" Zaskar LE frame on the bay at the moment