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Old 01-12-07, 07:41 PM   #26
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I've seen others refer to the Specialized Expedition as a mountain bike. It is a bit similar to one, as the geometry of a hybrid is similiar to a mountain bike. Especially if he has a 2006 or earlier model. Specialized changed the frame on their 2007 Expeditions and Crosstowns to a more relaxed hybrid. And it does have wider, 26" tires, which is closer to a mountain bike. And it has mountain bike gearing. So one could use it as a mountain bike-lite, on the easier trails. Specialized even promoted it that way. But the handlebar, stem, saddle, suspension and tire tread aren't going to be very MTB-like.
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Old 01-12-07, 08:48 PM   #27
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The Expedition may have some parts in common with mountain bikes, but in no way is that bike designed to be ridden off-road. That goes for the older models as well. They are set up for riding around neighborhoods or on paved or gravel paths. Even light off-road trails would likely do damage to the bike and/or the person riding it.
This just points out the need for getting good advice from someone familiar with the bikes and their intended use. Especially now with so many options available.
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Old 01-12-07, 11:19 PM   #28
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Yeah but Specialized does say that it has off-road capabilities in their own promotional material on it. Here are a couple of blurbs that they released to describe the 2006 Expedition:

"The Expedition Sport puts you in the lap of luxury with a comfortable upright riding position, a plush spring saddle, and a suspension seatpost and fork to make the bumps disappear. You'll also love the fat tires, which float over rough terrain and grip great even on dirt. And you can't beat the 24-speed drivetrain for making easy work of the hills."

"A comfortable bike for recreational rides on and off road. 26" wheels are robust, and carry a wide soft tire. Large comfortable saddle and ergonomic grips give you soft pads for all contact points on the bike. Front suspension and high handlebar position round off the comfortable ride."

I agree that it is not a mountain bike, but the advertising could lead someone into thinking that it is.
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Old 01-13-07, 07:44 AM   #29
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Expedition

I agree. MTB lite would be a good way to describe it. Mine is about 4 years old. The new Expiditions look totaly differnt

I really would like to thank all who offered advise.
There is so much to learn about bikes.

I think a person mught have to own more than one bike for differnt riding applications.

I think the Sirrus might be worth a good look and maybe some time in the future if I can find the money a Specialized Crosstrail might be good for the trail riding.

Great advise about the stem on the Sirrus. That is realy good to know. Thanks
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I recently purchased a 2006 Sirrus Sport, and I took it out this afternoon for the first time... and I love it.
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