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Old 09-16-09, 10:24 AM   #1
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Fenders on a 2009 Sirrus?

Ok guys n gals, I have been thinking of adding fenders to my 2009 Sirrus I bought a few weeks ago. We have been having some road work around here, and there is all sorts of stones and dust and debris on the road. Of course, a lot gets into the chain from the front wheel, but thats fine, chains are easy to clean/lube. What I dont like is the constant *ting ting ting* from stones hitting my frame. I was thinking a set of full fenders, without mudflap, wouldnt look too bad, and would offer protection. As a side bonus, my chain would stay cleaner, last longer and require less oil (re: $$) in the long run.

Anyone with a newer model sirrus running fenders wanna help with pics so I have an idea? I have to get a new pump anyways, mine died today. It is a wrenchforce and I THINK It has a lifetime warranty so I can just take it back to the shop I got it at Probably get to a bike shop between now and the end of the weekend. I have never seen much damage from stones on any of my bikes, ever, but the dust and tar and crap would be great to keep down, too.

Thanks in advance, and I would really appreciate pictures. By the way, my sirrus is gloss blue.
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Old 09-16-09, 10:27 AM   #2
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Fender installation on Specialized Sirrus: Royal PITA

It would have just taken a little bit of searching to find using the keywords: fenders sirrus

Feel free to ask questions you have about my installation.


How it sits when its in 'commute' mode.

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Old 09-16-09, 10:40 AM   #3
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Thanks! That is pretty much what I needed to see. I have Planet bike hardcore fenders on my beater/mtb. They rock, so I would likely go with Planet bike again.

You look to have near the same sirrus as I do. And yes, the FD looks to be right smack dab in the way I think its because its a lower end FD, maybe upgrading that would allow fender to mount normal? I would be happy with just the front fender for now if I decided to upgrade. Keep that crap off my chain, off my frame, and keep it from hitting me (it happens!)

Thanks for the link, Helps oh so much. It actually looks nice with fenders!
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As well as using fenders you might want to wrap the frame with "helicopter blade tape". It's invisible and "self heals". You should be able to get on ebay. (The same stuff is sold at huge markup to protect iPods and PDAs.)
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meanwhile, I dont think I need THAT much protection on top of fenders. Maybe a few well placed strips of the 3M protective tape, but wrapping bike would be excessive, and ugly. The frame is too beautiful to cover up!

mikeshoup: Do you notice the Specialized BG grips twisting a lot on you? Mine seem to twist around on the bar like they are meant to, I adjust them 2-3 times per 7 mile ride!

Thanks again, Might go look at a bike shop tomorrow before work. Gotta look into a new pump anyways, since mine bit the dust...
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meanwhile, I dont think I need THAT much protection on top of fenders. Maybe a few well placed strips of the 3M protective tape, but wrapping bike would be excessive, and ugly. The frame is too beautiful to cover up!
Ymmv. But the tape *is* invisible. As in you can't see the tape. Not, regrettably, as in the bike disappears, which would be a splendid theft preventer.
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I am almost thinking of a front derailleur upgrade, so that I dont have to cut out most of the support of a fender (pointless!). But then the other problem I found on the allez occurs: the bottom pull derailleur clamp falls RIGHT between the seat tube water bottle mounts, making finding a water bottle cage more difficult, as a lot of them wont straddle a front derailleur clamp. However, Finding a bottle cage that works will be better than cutting fenders. Specialized sure didnt think that or the seatstay bridge mounting hole through very well. Too bad, but thats what tinkering is for!
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mikeshoup: Do you notice the Specialized BG grips twisting a lot on you? Mine seem to twist around on the bar like they are meant to, I adjust them 2-3 times per 7 mile ride!
I hate those things. I'm going drop bar here soon, so they won't be a problem any more.

My girlfriend has a Specialized Globe City 7 with the same grips. She hates them too.

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I am almost thinking of a front derailleur upgrade, so that I dont have to cut out most of the support of a fender (pointless!).
Let me know how that works out. It might be worth it to upgrade a FD if it lets me get rid of that hole.
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Ergon Grips don't move at all, once you lock them down, yet are easy to adjust.
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Ergon Grips don't move at all, once you lock them down, yet are easy to adjust.
Yeah, those ergons look nice and work well thanks to that clamp. Problem with the stock Sirrus ones is they don't have that little clamp.
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I know you can use a 9spd rear derailleur on an 8spd set up, can you also use a 9spd front derailleur on an 8 speed? I dont see why not, but Thought I would ask. I could order a Tiagra triple front derailleur, which would sit mostly to the side of the seat tube, instead of behind it and in the way. Specialized uses this derailleur on the Sirrus Comp, and it has a similar crankset/bottom bracket set up, so it SHOULD work fine. Found one on ebay for $28 shipped, so I am going to go that route (brand new). Gonna take a trip to a bike shop today, need a new pump and ill see if they have fenders. I think I saw PB fenders there when I went in looking for bikes. I still have a month and a half of riding left, at least, depends on mother nature

Before you know it I will have upgraded my sirrus to beyond the sirrus sport, for a lot less money...lol

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You don't have to worry about 9spd, 8spd, etc with the FD. You only have three of 'dem speeds up front.
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Yea, didnt figure I did.

So, I saved a ton of money today. I got a 9spd Tiagra triple front derailleur on ebay, $28 shipped, brand new. Regular price on those is around $40ish...

Then, on the way to work I stopped at one of the local bike shops, just to check on fenders and buy a pump. They had Planet Bike Freddy Hardcore road fenders...$21.99!!!!! that's $8 cheaper than most online places, and no shipping. I got a Cannondale Airport Plus pump, $39.99, the (owner?) said he would give it to me with 10% discount to help me decide on that or the $29.99 Airport pump. He said If I ever have problems bring it back as their rep for them is a local guy who takes very good care of them, and they use this pump in the shop. Hmm, figured I cant go wrong. Looks to be a nice pump, much sturdier than my other pump. Tomorrow looks a bit high wind/rainy to be out for a ride, but I have fenders to put on and my girlfriend is coming home from college and we are going to get in at least 21 miles on the canal path (hopefully she feels like going more) sometime this weekend.

I think the road fenders might come *close* to fitting without derailleur swap, but I bet there is going to be rubbing, I will wait for the Tiagra to get in to install rear fender. Then I will be able to ride all these gravely roads without worrying about my frame. I will just take a spare tube and pump with me
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Old 09-29-09, 08:39 PM   #14
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Glad I found this thread. I mounted PB Cascadia road fenders on my '02 Sirrus, and the derailleur interfered with the fenders a bit--enough to make the tire rub the inside of the fenders sometimes. I had to adjust the fender stays very carefully, and if they got out of adjustment a tiny bit, the rub would return. I actually blew out a tire because of it. So I took them off. Fortunately, it hasn't rained so much since then (this was early in the summer when there was way too much rain in the Northeast). I'll get the recommended Tiagra 4503 FD. Are there other models that would work as well?. But I guess $25-30 is pretty cheap.

Some time I may also replace the RD. The stock Acera works just fine, but I don't like the hex nut anchor bolt. On a long ride, I feel like I should carry a wrench for it just in case. Most these days have allen bolt anchors. Does the current version of the Acera (or its equivalent) still use an old-fashioned nut? I should look into whether I can just change to an allen anchor bolt somehow, as well, I guess.

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Got a Sora FD on ebay for $10+SH, since there were no Tiagras on there at that moment w/ the correct clamp diameter (31.8). The Sora should be fine--especially since the current FD is (I think) a Nexave -- step down from Sora, I think?

On to fenders...

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