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Road riders don't use steep seat angles because of the UCI restrictions. If they weren't in place road bikes would look very different. XC riders don't have those restrictions imposed on them but they tend to be a very conservative bunch (like their roadie counterparts). We are starting to see slacker and longer XC bikes so maybe in the next decade they will figure out what's actually best.
I haven't tried a Trialthon bike but can say that road bikes handle like utter crap for the speeds and terrain they are riding in. Head shake on fast descents and toe overlap are clearly serious design flaws!
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