Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Seattle, WA (United States)
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I know this is probably a late reply, but I thought I'd give you my two cents. I have a 2001 XO with 2002 components. I've generally been happy with it, though it is more of a general purpose road bike than an actual cyclocross. It's been very reliable, and overall I'm happy with it. The only real complaint I have is the geometry; the top tube is kind of long, making the bike somewhat uncomfortable for long rides.
I discovered Jake the Snake recently, and it looks like a very good choice. It has a durable, light frame and a comfortable, upright riding position (sort of unusual for a cyclocross bike). The only thing I'd be worried about for your intended usage is the gearing; if your using it for any kind of commuting or touring, the gearing is pretty high. It's pretty easy to switch out the rear cassette, though.
Another bike I've looked at is the Lemond Propad. It's also a versatile cyclocross bike. It's set up is similar to Jake the Snake, but the Propad has a Reynolds steel frame - which of course makes it a little heavy, but more comfortable. Good luck whatever you decide