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Old 07-09-14, 09:30 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on Specialized Sirrus?

Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum. I've read many of the posts and you are all super-helpful and inspiring. I am a relatively novice rider: I learned how to ride as a kid and I purchased a hybrid about 7 years ago which is super-bulky and do not enjoy riding and so I hardly ever ride. I recently purchased a vacation home in an area with good bike trails and am considering purchasing a road bike. I want to use it for exercise and exploration (not to commute) and while I'd like to be able to ultimately go fast, my goal is longer rides (perhaps a Century someday). A bike shop tried to sell me on the Specialized Sirrus. I took a short test ride and liked the feel, and online reviews are generally good A few questions: does anyone have this bike and, if so, do they like it? I am 5'8" and about 235 pounds: would this bike support me well? Should i go with a bike like this with flat bars or should I brave it and get a "real" road bike with drop bars? Which model is the best -- the comp, the sport, the regular? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-09-14, 09:51 AM   #2
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Interesting. The high end Sirrus looks like it uses a low-end Roubaix frame (and they look sharp in person). I say low-end but it looks like the regular roubaix, they're not really low-end. The aluminum models of Sirrus don't appear visually similar at all, and I presume that's what you're looking at? I assumed they'd be a Secteur frame, but they appear different in that regard as well.

If you want to do long rides, I'd lean towards a drop-bar bike like the Secteur or Allez. You just run out of places to put your hands on a flat bar bike, although for new riders the flat bars are more intuitive to shift & brake.

What do you mean by trails? Paved? mixed dirt and gravel and paved?

As for what is the best... do you have a lot of hills where you will be riding? If so, lean towards a model with a triple. They tend to have a better low end.

Before you pull the trigger you should go test ride a few more (specifically a Secteur) and maybe even find a few other dealers to check out.
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Old 07-09-14, 02:10 PM   #3
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I have a 2010 entry level model. I'm 275# and it supports me well. It's a fun bike, very comfortable. My only gripe is hand positions. As Trojanhorse mentioned, you run out of places to place your hands on a flat bar. I added bar end grips, although that helped a little bit, it's nothing compared to drop bars. I don't mind the more upright riding position, but being a big rider, headwinds are a killer. My riding has since improved so I now ride a road bike.
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I purchased a Sirrus Sport last year. Great bike, I was waaaay heavier than you and it supports me well. At your weight, you can ride anything. I put a touch over 1500 miles on it last year and really turned my life around with quite of bit of weight loss. I would recommend this bike to anyone. That said, you mention you want to ride faster and further. I found myself in that situation at the end of last year. You could say I "outgrew" this bike. I rode that bike on a few 40 mile rides and that is pretty much the limit before you get quite a bit of discomfort. This spring I purchased a Felt Z5 and love it. It's a touring/endurance/comfort geometry road bike. What a world of difference. I can go much faster and further on this bike much more comfortably than the Sirrus. If you are truly looking to ride faster and further, take a look at "comfort" gemoery road bike. If your LBS sells Specialized, go ride a Sectuer or a Roubaix.
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The standard assortment of endurance geometry bikes are - specialized roubaix, secteur, Giant Defy, Felt Z5, Trek Domane (anything in their H3 fit really). I'm sure there are at least a couple more. They tend to have a slightly more upright position due to a large head tube.
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I don't do flat bar bikes, but do know a nice machine when I see one!

Bar ends can help...
I've seen creative uses of Aero bars on flat bars as well...

Would a treking bar with appropriate stem give you additional hand/body positions?
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I just picked up a 2014 Sirrus Comp Carbon, and VERY happy. I came from a Trek 7.2 FX and the difference is huge, my avg speed went up considerably.

The carbon Sirrus is basically a flat bar Roubaix from what I'm told. The frame is very easy on the eyes and get lots of compliments.

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That is a sexy bike Anthony.L.
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Our stories and goals of riding are very similar. I purchased a Specialized Sirrus Sport from my LBS on April 7th of this year for the exact same reasons that you listed. I think I paid a shade over $500.00 for it. I'm 5'11", 250# and turning 50 next month. The Sirrus Sport is a good bike for doing what you are wanting to do. However,,,,,after riding it for about 175 miles, I made the mistake of test riding the Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sora. What a huge difference! I bought the Roubaix on June 20th and have put 383 miles on it so far. The Roubaix is a 100% carbon fiber frame is much lighter than the Sirrus and the gear set gives me a much smoother, easier spin. The multiple hand positions is also a very big plus. It has made cycling much more enjoyable for me. I wish I would have saved my initial $500 investment and went with the road bike first. As of this morning, I am now at 240.7# and am looking forward to shedding many more pounds. My wife has noticed the difference in me, so last week she became the proud new owner of a Specialized Dolce Compact and we are having a blast riding together.

Good luck on your search and if I could offer one bit of advice, test ride as many as you can before you make your mind up. And when you do, make sure that the LBS gives you a proper fitting. Have fun!
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Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum. I've read many of the posts and you are all super-helpful and inspiring. I am a relatively novice rider: I learned how to ride as a kid and I purchased a hybrid about 7 years ago which is super-bulky and do not enjoy riding and so I hardly ever ride. I recently purchased a vacation home in an area with good bike trails and am considering purchasing a road bike. I want to use it for exercise and exploration (not to commute) and while I'd like to be able to ultimately go fast, my goal is longer rides (perhaps a Century someday). A bike shop tried to sell me on the Specialized Sirrus. I took a short test ride and liked the feel, and online reviews are generally good A few questions: does anyone have this bike and, if so, do they like it? I am 5'8" and about 235 pounds: would this bike support me well? Should i go with a bike like this with flat bars or should I brave it and get a "real" road bike with drop bars? Which model is the best -- the comp, the sport, the regular? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
I own the 2013 Specialized Sirrus Elite, have done multiple 50+ mile rides on it, very comfortable. I am 6'1", 195 lbs. I also have a 2014 Secteur Elite, just not quite as comfortable on it yet. I have done a couple of 50 + mile rides on it, just fighting a sleepy left hand on it. May be me, but doesn't seem to happen on the Sirrus w/bar-ends. But it, you'll like it!
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