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    Specialized Elite vs. Specialized Crossroads sports disc

    Ok, I am looking at these 2 bikes, like the tires and carbon fiber front end on the Elite, vs. the Crossroads with the wider tires and suspension forks with lockout. I do like the disc brakes on the Crossroads, but they are not a dealbreaker. I ride mainly on rural hiways and county roads, not much gravel or trail. I am leaning toward the Elite, they are priced comparable. I bought a Giant Sedona a few months back in a large frame, but need an XL. Just got back into riding after 45 years, but have put almost 500 miles on it in 3 months. Giant did not make the Sedona in a XL frame, and did not want to spend too much till I knew how much I'd like it. Well, I will be buying something different. Anyone with thoughts or experience, feel free to share opinions.
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    If the elite is the Secteur elite, it looks like a much quicker bike. That's the one I would get, especially if you're going to be doing a lot of riding and don't have any particular back issues.

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    Which model of Specialized bike is it that you like the Elite version?
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    Sorry, I am looking at the base Sirrus Elite, retails for about $830, versus the Crosstrail Sport Disc(also retails for $830), not the Crossroads. I don't know how to change it in the subject line. Maybe a moderator can fix it for me please.
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    A might bewildered... Dudelsack's Avatar
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    Get the Sirrus. Suspension on a bike that will be ridden on the road is a waste of weight.

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    +1, the extra weight and in the unlocked position, the loss of energy that the bounce takes away, are not worth it. The Sirrus is a much better road bike.

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    Full disclosure: I work part time at a bike shop where Specialized is our major line.

    Based on the limited description of your intended riding, I too would recommend the Sirrus. I don't see anything there to suggest that a suspension fork would be a benefit to offset the increased weight and complexity. The component specs of the two bikes are very close, with a very slight edge for the Sirrus. A change to 32mm tires would make the bike smoother and more stable on dirt roads and unpaved paths, if that was a need.
    The Sirrus and Tri-Cross lines are probably the most versatile road bikes we sell, depending on your preference for flat bars or drop bars.
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    when I bought my bike, which is a Sirius, the LBS let me ride both of these. The suspension fork was noticeably less efficient. I see no need for disk brakes, the rim brakes on mine have been excellent, once I even did a stoppie dodging a left turner. I like in the flat, and I have no noticeable brake wear in 3K miles. I am about to go out and get in some more miles this afternoon when it gets above 35F

    I really like my Sirius, very comfortable.

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    Especially appreciate your input, Bluesdawg, glad you have taken the time to help me make a choice. Hope my dealer has one in stock. If I have to order,how long is the delivery time? Just a general question. Thanks also to others that responded, and Happy Holidays!

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    Same price and same manufacturer and without knowing the models- I would go with NO Suspension for your use.

    Now I know one is a Sirrus-then subject to test ride being good- Go for it. Possibly the only "Hybrid" that I have liked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by on2wheelsks View Post
    Especially appreciate your input, Bluesdawg, glad you have taken the time to help me make a choice. Hope my dealer has one in stock. If I have to order,how long is the delivery time? Just a general question. Thanks also to others that responded, and Happy Holidays!
    Glad to help, but do talk it over with your local dealer and get a recommendation based on more information than I have. Looks like there are plenty of XL Sirrus Elites available in both colors in both the East and West warehouses, so they should be able to get you one within a few days.
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