I guess it depends on the frame you want. I got an ano. black Nomad. It looks great, as does the poloshed Nomad. On the other hand, I didnt not like the Nomad at all in all the other colors. If I had gone for the Heckler , I would certainly have got a PC one - yellow, white or orange. I think the Heckler looks better in PC.67degrees said:Well, the anodized finish is very durable but it depends on the color as to whether or not I like it. I was in the LBS tonight and they had a new Blur LT in the anodized silver color and honestly, it had a cheap look to it. On the other hand the slate and black anodized frames looked awesome. There was just something about that silver finish that screamed, poor quality.
I just started another thread to see if anyone has a picture of a frame powder coated in Santa Cruz's new silver color.
I have had powdercoated frames and they are pretty durable. Especially if you get one of the transparent color like Trans Blue, Red or the new Black Chrome. They have a two coat process which really bonds a thick layer to your frame. I'm sure it probably adds some weight too!
I am actually looking into a VP Free, anodized black or pc black. I wondered about scratching ano. can it be touched up ? Or will the touch up stand out ? ThanxPizzaMan said:I guess it depends on the frame you want. I got an ano. black Nomad. It looks great, as does the poloshed Nomad. On the other hand, I didnt not like the Nomad at all in all the other colors. If I had gone for the Heckler , I would certainly have got a PC one - yellow, white or orange. I think the Heckler looks better in PC.
The Ano. IS more durable , but once it gets scratched it can't be fixed. PC is much easier to touch up, and you can even re- PC the whole frame every once in a while.
Get polished. It looks badass, takes scratches well and its the only finishkeen said:I am on the fence as to go anodize or powdercoat . Just wondering if anyone went one way and wished they went the other ? Why ? Thanx
I have not yet found a way to touch up ano. without it standing out.keen said:I am actually looking into a VP Free, anodized black or pc black. I wondered about scratching ano. can it be touched up ? Or will the touch up stand out ? Thanx
Exactly what got me a ano black frame.... I'm not disappointed in the slightest, and I have no doubts the finish will stand up pretty well.rpet said:On the other hand, there is little doubt in my mind that Anodized resists scratches much more. If I had to choose a black ano frame delivered in 2 weeks vs. a PC frame in 2 months, I would have probably opted for ano.
Having had both, I'd have to say ano is very tough to scratch, but over time (a couple of years) it tends to dull down, with the areas that are exposed and rubbed (not in a porn way) tending to really get blotchy and hard to clean. You can wax it but that's never very satisfying and doesn't last long.TNC said:Ano and rocks. As you know, keen, I got my Nomad in ano slate. Riding for 3 days this past weekend in extremely rocky terrain was a little of a surprise for me with this ano finish. While riding all 3 days, I could hear rocks, sometimes big rocks, banging the bottom of the bike at various places. I mentioned earlier about the Nomad riding a bit lower than my Bullits, so there was a lot more rock contact. Monday I hung the bike up in a stand at the shop and got a flashlight and did a close inspection of the entire bottom of the bike from the downtube to the rear axle. I was a little amazed not to find any chips or flecks on the bike. My polished Bullit takes abuse like this without any serious marks. My trans red Bullit on the other hand looks like the paint has been shot peened down there. I really don't expect paint to hold up to that kind of repeated pounding. Seriously I'm not that concerned about chipping and flecking on mountainbike frames down on the lower areas of the bike...I mean it's an off road vehicle designed to take a pounding. I would like my bikes' paint jobs or finishes to hold up decently on the more visible parts of my bike, and even my trans red Bullit still looks good overall. I feel pretty good about how this ano will hold up based on what it took this weekend in a very exposed area of the frame.
I had a black pickup truck, and it was a nightmare...every rock chip looks white. Lighter colors are definitely better. The lighter ano colors should be easy to live with too. That's why I stayed away from ano black. Ano gray or something like this slate that I got on mine looks like it will be easy to live with.keen said:My current bike it a 2001 SC Bullit in PC white. I purchased it used a couple of years ago. It was trail ridden . I did some minor touch up's and waxing and it looked pretty nice, even from a few feet away. It had clear stickers in cable rubbing area's that kept cable rub away - the stickers look stock. I purchased a used 2003 black Bullit that I planned to use for DH (it was previously used for such) Man the paint looked horrible - every scratch and rock ping stood out. Not sure if my 01' had a better PC job or later jobs were not as good ???