You'll find a bunch of articles like this online with varying levels of crotchetiness complaining that nothing is as good as steel.
I would say: steel - nice ride, stiff and light frames can be found quite inexpensively
aluminum - stiffer and lighter, generally slight more expensive with a harsher ride
titanium - maybe slightly better than aluminum in terms of stiffness/lightness, comparable to steel in ride quality, but also more durable than both
carbon - stiffest/lightest, people are more nervous about cf then they should be given that its many times stronger pound per pound than any metal, but certainly a modicum of care is necessary...but then again given the expense I don't know why you would want to throw one around anyways.
The best material depends on how much you want to spend and what you want to do with it.
Examples of the steel frames which are quite inexpensive? Genesis?
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