your fit on this bike doesn't look all that far off from traditional mtb fits from the late 80s/early 90s, you've just got a shorter stem than what was typical. i just don't get what you're missing about the "racer bullshit" - have you not seen pro riders? they usually ride the smallest frame they can with a longer stem to compensate. "super serious" racers ride small frames. for reference, here's my apex, which is the right size frame for me. looks a lot like yours, doesn't it?