Originally Posted by k7
Is that a one-piece crankset?
The bike in question's a department store bike with stuff added to it.
No matter what gets added to it, its still a department store bike.
I'd posit that the person in question hasn't ridden enough AL bikes to make a determination of 'how AL rides.' See Aurelius' experience for a recent example.
I can tell you from personal experience that one AL bike doesn't ride the same as another, even within categories. IOW a Cannondale is going to ride differently than a Specialized which will be different from a Vitus which will be different from an Airplane frame, etc
You wanna make a frankenbike? At least start with something worth riding.