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    Used 2008 Specialized Sirrus vs. new 2009 Diamondback Insight 2?

    Used 2008 Specialized Sirrus vs. new 2009 Diamondback Insight 2?

    Used 2008 Specialized Sirrus (base model): ($300)
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...rrus&Type=bike

    New 2009 Diamondback Insight 2: ($420)
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...ht+2&Type=bike

    The Sirrus is on CL, and I'm meeting the guy in a Home Depot parking lot tonight to take a look (sketchy?). The bike pic looks decent - maybe not much wear and tear.

    The Insight 2 is available online (shipping/tax included), so I'd get it sight-unseen. I can do the final assembly and fitting. I saw an Insight 2 in a store that wasn't my size. Seemed a decent weight (maybe 23-26lbs?) and looks good. Sure would be nice to have a new bike!

    [Edit] I usually MTB but am looking for a fitness bike that is enjoyable to ride - more interested in speed on relatively brief rides than comfort on paved bike paths. [/Edit] What do you think? Thanks!
    Last edited by hanshananigan; 09-15-09 at 11:53 AM.
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    If the specialized is in good shape and fits you, I would buy that. I just bought a blue 2009 sirrus (base model) and love it. The only thing I find myself wanting to upgrade is the rear derailleur, but mine has an Altus rear, the 2008 shows a Sora rear. The Sora is probably a little better shifting, I would assume.

    Also, the diamondback with radial spoked front wheel is likely a weaker wheel than the 32 spoke 3x specialized. Actually, looking closer at details, Specialized has a better wheelset altogether, should be stronger.

    See if ya like the specialized. I'm not sure I would buy a bike without a test ride, especially mail order.

    Being 1 1/2-2 years old, the specialized should be in good shape still. I always meet people in public parking lots or places of that nature when selling on craigslist. You never know.

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    Done! Went for a ride - it was great! Thanks for the reply, nymtber!
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    So, you joined the sirrus club? Because we need more non-trek's here on the hybrid forum!

    I have NOTHING against Trek, real nice bikes. Just saying...Specialized are my favorite...

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    Yeah. I was really surprised by the low weight and the snappy response. My scale said it weighs about 24.7lbs (crappy scale ranged from 24.2 to 25.0 on multiple attempts), even with some no-name parts and a suspension seatpost. I realize this is not an amazingly light bike, but it seems to be on par or lighter than other base models such as the Fuji Absolute, Diamondback Transit, and Trek FX. I felt that the ride was comparable to Fuji Absolute 2.0 and Giant Seek (2?) that I demo'ed. Now to get some Ergon GR2 and I'm set. 'Looking forward to my next ride!
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    I'm about to join the Sirrus club, as well. I'm getting one Friday.

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    YES! More sirrus riders, instead of Trek FX riders Now, if I can figure out a way to make my Sirrus as fast as the Allez I sold...I'll be golden. I don't see that happening, I average about 2mph less on the Sirrus. Although, I am more comfortable doing so. It has also been rather breezy here lately, that sure doesnt help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
    YES! More sirrus riders, instead of Trek FX riders Now, if I can figure out a way to make my Sirrus as fast as the Allez I sold...I'll be golden. I don't see that happening, I average about 2mph less on the Sirrus. Although, I am more comfortable doing so. It has also been rather breezy here lately, that sure doesnt help!
    It's my guess that it's seating position or slightly fatter tires.


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    Amazing, I just bought a 2004 Sirrus Elite last week! It just feels right and it is noticeably lighter than my '09 Cannondale Quick 4. Best thing is that the Sirrus has 105 components and a road triple. Makers have been using cheaper components over the last few years in order to be more competitive, so an older good condition bike can be an extra good deal. Now I have an off road hybrid and a on road hybrid.

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    Good lookin' commuter, Sirrus Rider. I have the same fenders and rack on my commuter Trek 820, though I'm guessing the Trek is WAY heavier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanshananigan View Post
    Good lookin' commuter, Sirrus Rider. I have the same fenders and rack on my commuter Trek 820, though I'm guessing the Trek is WAY heavier.
    It's a lively ride it's not as smooth as my hybridized Alpine, but the Alpine is steel and riding on wider tires. I am curious how a "Modern" Sirrus would ride if rendered in steel. This Sirrus ( the '07) is set up for "Sport" commuting.
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    I believe adding a carbon fork to our base model Sirrus' would help smooth out the ride a little. I know it sure helped on the Allez I used to own, that was a surprizingly smooth ride with 23 tires on it. Would it be worth an upgrade? probably not, a carbon cyclocross fork (need the brake mounts) is around $200+ I would invest in better wheels and tires first, well lighter wheels I should say, these wheels should be strong.

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