The production of aluminum bicycles has come a long way in the last few years. Their meteoric rise in popularity has made them an industry mainstay instead of just an industry tag-along. Though the single-handed, fine craftsmanship of Doug Bradbury and his exotic Manitou still carry on the tradition of what the aluminum mountain bike industry once was, it now enjoys full-scale promotion. No longer are they the lightweight cousins to steel frames served up from a major manufacturer´s surplus of design and production facilities. They are now the mainstay of many big-time mountain bike lineups, and they really exhibit a much broader range of construction and ingenuity than their chromoly counterparts. Thin-walled, big-diameter tubes, thick-walled, small-diameter tubes, welded, bond-ed, paint-ed, or polished - the choice is yours. Just as important is the variety of ride qualities that each bikes exhibits. Aluminum bikes not only have their own look and feel, but you can also be sure that no two feel the same out on the trail. That is all part of the magic of aluminum bikes - a magic more and more people are starting to explore and enjoy.