Need advice: Silhouette vs. Sirrus (specific concerns)
I know there's a previous thread about these two bikes, but the discussion doesn't address my specific concerns. I'm waffling and could really use some help.
I've been shopping for a new bike for weeks, and had virtually decided on the Specialized Sirrus (the basic model - the Elite is out of my price range, unfortunately). For better or for worse, someone at the last bike shop I visited suggested I consider the Fuji Silhouette, on the grounds that it's a lighter frame and an upgrade in components.
I wasn't able to ride the Silhouette, but did take a Fuji Absolute (same frame, components one level down) that was too big for me for a spin. Leaving aside the fact that the bike was too big, I didn't like the feel of the handgrips (which were cylinders of foam where the Sirrus has molded soft rubber) or the super-straight handlebar.
BUT - as a relative novice who's new to cycling in general (I've been commuting for 6 months on my girlfriend's Specialized Crossroads and LOVE riding), I'm at a loss on how to make a smart decision between these two bikes. In the long run, am I likely to have a better experience with the Sirrus I felt more comfortable with, even though I'm told the components are a step down, or the Fuji with better components, expecting that I'll soon get used to the handlebars and grips?
Or is there another solution - is it possible to swap Specialized grips onto the Fuji bike?