Re earlier post (that's two now!), I've just been out for a ride on a borrowed Dawes ali framed bike, forerunner to the Karakum. I don't know if it's the harder, narrower tyres than my steel MTB with road tyres or not, but it was a bit of a bone shaker. Question - how much smoother a ride is a steel-framed bike, all other things being equal (which of course they never are...)? Thanks again.