I was looking at the new 05 trek XO 1 today and it looks sweet, isn't as flashy but many upgrades from the 04 model, however this one has a Anodized frame which is considered an upgrade, so I ask this, what is the advantage of an anodized frame? I assume paint durability ie. doesn't scratch as easily and doesn't blemish?
I'm a little skeptical of how significant an anodized frame is. It might be negligibly lighter and more durable, but I suspect it's just an excuse to charge more.
That said, it looks like a great, true cross bike. I have an 03' XO-1, and the 01-04 models are sort of an odd mix: some components are more suited to commuting and light touring (specifically, the drive-train), while others are for cyclocross (tires). I'm not a racer, I use mine for commuting, and light touring, so changes in the 05' aren't appealing to me, but again, it looks like a great choice if you want a true cross bike.
I did my first ride today on a new '05 XO1. The wheels are not the Bontrager's pictured on the Trek web site; they are the Mavics listed in the specs. The specs are consistent with what was delivered including spd's on the crank...the picture is wrong; it's not like Trek to have that error on the web site. I bought this bike for winter training on the road and lite trails. I did 30 miles today on flat road in a big head wind. The Shimano 105 components were much better than I had expected; I have to get used to the canti brakes again...how quickly we get spoiled to the new stuff. Overall, it was a great ride today and I think this bike will be great for winter/lite trail riding. I installed the Shimano Flight Deck computer integrated into the brake hoods plus fenders...like the ones on my father's old three speed 'English racer'. Actually, the fenders look better than expected; the semi-gloss paint contrasts nicely with the anodized frame. It's a great looking machine.
Odd,mine came with Matrix Auroras for wheels.So far I've put on 170k on it and am loving it.I've done mtb trails and gravel roads,things I avoid with my road bikes.Looking to put fenders on it for crappy weather rides which is any day now as the snow is falling.
I have an '04 XO-1 myself. I built it up from the frame using some Ultegra compnonents I took off another frame. The '05 actually as a better spec than the complete '04 bike, that's why the price is higher. The anodising of the frame does make it lighter and less prone to scratches. I would have waited for the '05 if I had known Trek would be doing this.
Easily 100+ gr. Without any loss of structural stength. People would pay hundreds $$ to lose that much weight on components.
Yeah, I suppose it's a 'significant' difference if you're a racer, but for a commuter/light tourer like myself, it's not that big a deal. The rack I have on mine probably adds more weight than is saved by the anodized frame.