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The angleset and overforking is just a bandaid on something outdated. Continue to save up and hunt for a deal on a used bike that was ahead of the curve.
Brands like Whyte and Bird in the UK are direct to consumer and have had modern geo for a few years now. Rocky has had steep seat angles forever go up a frame size. Altitude Alloy 30 then take a hacksaw to the top of the seattube to lower the collar. Ride the larger frame size to get better seat position and live with not being able to slam the saddle way down, you'll be better for it.
Personally I don't think the bandaids are worth the cost and effort. They aren't going to make the outdated bike substantially better and in some cases they're just going to take the weakest feature on an old bike (seat position) and make it worse.
Thumbshifters are just awesome don't go dragging them into this :)
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