C-40, that's just laughable. Anyone who has $2K+ to spend on a frame set is looking for more than just function. To think or even assume any different is a display of poor reasoning.
Divve- I "think" that you are agreeing with me- I think that nearly everyone here is interested in more than weight- craft and aesthetics are important even if they have nothing to do with weight or racing success. That said, aesthetics without weight concerns is questionable also.
Now that out of the way, if people on this site think that Superlites c-dale exhibits a high degree of craft and "flawless" welding, then I am utterly speechless.... One can plainly see the step between the tubes and the non-functional weld filler. It is as plain as day. I am shocked because when it came to titanium frames, everyone agrees about what is the state-of-the-art: MOOTS and I would be the first to agree. In the same breath you want to compliment the c-dales????? PUKE in terms of craft. Obviously, they win lots of important races on these bikes and I don't want to confuse one set of facts with the other.
Can someone post some images of really fine aluminum bikes with nice wleds for s-lite to see? Or is it the nature of aluminum fabrication to be sort of choppy and sometimes even clumpy???