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Old 08-31-08, 10:45 PM   #1
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opinions on Specialized Sirrus (base model)

I am currently in the process of trying to sell my 2005 Hardrock Sport & am selling it for 2 reasons...
1) it's too big on me...I need a Large frame, not XL.
2) I dont really mountain bike... i want to use my bike for fitness/quick errands/commutes on bike paths.

The Specialized Sirrus has caught my eye & looks like something I would be looking for. I also looked at a Trek FX & a Gary Fisher something (forget the name). I tend to favor the Specialized brand & feel it's a pretty solid bike company overall. Like I said, I'm not going to be racing it....just a bike to commute, get some exercise/build my legs up & quick errands to save on city driving/gas.

The bike retails for $590...realistically, if I were to find a 2008 model left over at the LBS, what could I most likely get the bike for?

Does this seem like a good solid bike for me?

here's the color I'd want (wish they had white, but it's only in the sport model):

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Old 08-31-08, 11:08 PM   #2
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I almost bought a Sirrus. But I bought a Giant FCR3 instead. 08's retail for 520, but I got mine for 450. It's nice.
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Old 08-31-08, 11:45 PM   #3
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I am currently in the process of trying to sell my 2005 Hardrock Sport & am selling it for 2 reasons...
1) it's too big on me...I need a Large frame, not XL.
2) I dont really mountain bike... i want to use my bike for fitness/quick errands/commutes on bike paths.

The Specialized Sirrus has caught my eye & looks like something I would be looking for. I also looked at a Trek FX & a Gary Fisher something (forget the name). I tend to favor the Specialized brand & feel it's a pretty solid bike company overall. Like I said, I'm not going to be racing it....just a bike to commute, get some exercise/build my legs up & quick errands to save on city driving/gas.

The bike retails for $590...realistically, if I were to find a 2008 model left over at the LBS, what could I most likely get the bike for?

Does this seem like a good solid bike for me?

here's the color I'd want (wish they had white, but it's only in the sport model):

I have the 07 model Sirrus in red that I won on an eBay auction. I believe I got mine for about $390 and at first I was a little ambivalent as I've always had steel framed bikes; however this one has grown on me. It's geared higher than my other commuter which is a converted mountain bike so the Sirrus rides in traffic much faster. It's quite nimble and it seems to fit me better than either my other commuter or even my '88 Sirrus. The only real problem I've had with it is that my frame size is the extra small (47cm) which makes for a real tight seats stay diamond and makes it extremely difficult to mount a rack on it without extended mounting hardware. (This should not affect you if you ride a 51 cm or better.) the only other problem I've had is the Alex R500 rims that come on the wheel set are OEM only and are unavailable as spares; however, this may be true of other makes as well.

BTW silver works particularly well for early morning commutes. The only color I think would be better, but no bicycle manufacturer has picked up on this color since the late 80s is high high visibility yellow.

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Old 09-01-08, 06:38 AM   #4
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Does this seem like a good solid bike for me?

I have a Sirrus Comp that I purchased in January. Have been pleased with it. A bit more expensive than the one you are looking at, the MSRP was $1200 and I got it for $1000 from a fairly large bike store. You could probably expect less of a discount due to the lower price, but it is a nice bike for the use you are describing.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:31 PM   #5
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I bought exactly the bike you have pictured back in July. I have put over 500 miles on it in less than 5 weeks. I have found it to be very comfortable up to about an hour. After that, my rear starts to hurt a bit. My longest ride on it has been about 35 miles. The bike is very well made and very smooth. It shifts effortlessly.

I have been riding more than I ever thought that I would, so I ended up buying a felt f65 for my daily rides, but I am using the sirrus as a commuter and to ride with my wife on the weekends.
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Don't expect too much of a discount (if any). With the price increase for the '09's, full retail on any '08's would still be a bargain.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:54 PM   #7
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how much was the price increase? it looks like only $10, right?

I'm gonna buy an '09 anyways, since it comes in white

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I bought the base model '08 Sirrus in March and I've been happy with it. I've been doing riding similar to what you're planning -- short work commute 2-4 days a week and longer (so far up to about 30 miles) weekend rides. It's agile for a "hybrid" and feels more like a road bike with straight handlebars than either a comfort bike or mountain bike. The brake pads that came with it wore out somewhat quickly (although I do live in SF and have to navigate a number of downhill city streets) but I've liked everything else about it.
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I bought the base model '08 Sirrus in March and I've been happy with it. I've been doing riding similar to what you're planning -- short work commute 2-4 days a week and longer (so far up to about 30 miles) weekend rides. It's agile for a "hybrid" and feels more like a road bike with straight handlebars than either a comfort bike or mountain bike. The brake pads that came with it wore out somewhat quickly (although I do live in SF and have to navigate a number of downhill city streets) but I've liked everything else about it.
what color did you go with?
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I bought the base model '08 Sirrus in March and I've been happy with it. I've been doing riding similar to what you're planning -- short work commute 2-4 days a week and longer (so far up to about 30 miles) weekend rides. It's agile for a "hybrid" and feels more like a road bike with straight handlebars than either a comfort bike or mountain bike. The brake pads that came with it wore out somewhat quickly (although I do live in SF and have to navigate a number of downhill city streets) but I've liked everything else about it.
Compared to my '88 Sirrus (which compared to the '07 is a Thoroughbred to a Quarter Horse as in '88 the Sirrus was a Road racing machine) I've said before that if I dropped some drop bars and brifters on the '07 it would be a sweet touring bike. The ride isn't all that different between the '88 and the '07 it's just the '07 was designed with it's frame angles just a skidge more relaxed so that fenders and racks would fit.
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what color did you go with?
I bought the black one. I wasn't really happy with any of the available colors (My top choice would have been red, followed by light blue). What I did like about the black bike is that the handlebars, spokes and chain-related stuff were also black, so it looks sharp and sleek. I worry a little about the nighttime visibility of a black bike (as opposed to, say, white or silver, or even orange or yellow), but I have lots of lights and reflectors and I found black reflective tape to help make it more visible from the side at night. Here's a photo:





Good luck with your decision!
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I bought the silver '08 Sirrus and an '08 Crosstrail Sport for the wife. Overall I'm very impressed with the quality you get for the price. The only downside is the aforementioned stock seat which can get achy after a while down the road.
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