I am a newbie and have been doing some research for a while and it's come down to
the Specialized's Crosstrail Sport and Sirrus Sport.
I test drove both these bikes. I liked the lightness and speed on the Sirrus Sport and the softer ride quality, wider handlebars and the option to go on gravel on the Crosstrail Sport. I plan to
mainly use the bike on trails by the lake in Chicago and for recreation.
Because of this, I am leaning a little bit towards the Crosstrail Sport but a few people told me I should get the Sirrus Sport which is a 100% road bike and get a mountain bike for off road use. They said that "dual purpose" bikes such as the Crosstrail are good at neither on-road or off-road. Is this true?
- Are bikes with shocks less durable than fixed fork bikes? (The Crosstrail sport comes with lockout shocks)
- Can the Sirrus sport be used on gravel, grass or light off-roading?
Any inputs are greatly appreciated. Hoping to make a decision in the next few days.