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    Hi folks , I am new to the fourm . I have been lurking for a while and figured I would register and sign on. I have been ridding A 2010 Specialized Crosstrails for the past three years. I ride between 10 and 13 miles per day depending on the route chosen that day. I am looking for a little more speed and a lighter bike. I purchased a Specialized Allez 2013 model and I hate the drop bars. My LBS gave me a two week trial period and I have opted to return it and purchase a Sirrus comp. I plan to add a rack and ride this one on longer weekend rides ,say 25-35 miles . My friends ( road bikers ) keep saying this is a mistake as it will be the same as ridding the Crosstrail I already own. When test ridding the 2X10 20 speed Siirrus it seemed considerably fast than the Crosstrails. Question is , is anyone here ridding a Sirrus Comp these distances and what kind of speeds are you carrying . Any information would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

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    I disagree with your "road biker" friends. I had a similar situation happen to me. My situation was not with Specialized bikes, but with Cannondale.

    I had a Cannondale CX-3 ( similar to the Crosstrails ), and found this bike heavy and on long rides (25 miles ), it was not a fun ride for me. I recently traded it for a 2013 Cannondale Quick SL-3 ( somewhat similar to the Sirrus comp ), and it is a joy to ride the 25 mile distance that I usually ride.

    I must also mention that I have been riding "road" bikes most of my life. Just in the past few years I have made changes to my riding style (can't ride with the dropped bars as much, must be my age ).

    Anyway, the Sirrus Comp is a MUCH lighter bike then the Crosstrails and my opinion is that on longer rides, it will be a better fit.
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    Thank you for the fast response. I am planning on mounting a rack . Do you think the specialized rack would be a better fit ? I have also been looking at the Bontreager as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdrk1111 View Post
    Thank you for the fast response. I am planning on mounting a rack . Do you think the specialized rack would be a better fit ? I have also been looking at the Bontreager as well.
    I have no experience with either of those racks, but I use one from Topeak, see the links below:

    http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/MTXBeamRackV-Type

    and I use there "MTX Trunk Bag". see link below:

    http://www.topeak.com/products/bags/MTXTrunkBagDX

    I like this rack/bag combo because I can switch it between my (2) bikes in about 30 seconds.
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    What was the problem with the Allez?

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    my favorite racks are the Axxiom's. they are very light, and very sturdy. I have this one,
    http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...eries/journey/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi77915 View Post
    I have no experience with either of those racks, but I use one from Topeak, see the links below:

    http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/MTXBeamRackV-Type

    and I use there "MTX Trunk Bag". see link below:

    http://www.topeak.com/products/bags/MTXTrunkBagDX

    I like this rack/bag combo because I can switch it between my (2) bikes in about 30 seconds.
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    This is a great looking bike rack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    my favorite racks are the Axxiom's. they are very light, and very sturdy. I have this one,
    http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...eries/journey/
    My Cannondale dealer says to stick with this type of rack. He said it is very sturdy and can carry extra weight in an emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdrk1111 View Post
    Hi folks , I am new to the fourm . I have been lurking for a while and figured I would register and sign on. I have been ridding A 2010 Specialized Crosstrails for the past three years. I ride between 10 and 13 miles per day depending on the route chosen that day. I am looking for a little more speed and a lighter bike. I purchased a Specialized Allez 2013 model and I hate the drop bars. My LBS gave me a two week trial period and I have opted to return it and purchase a Sirrus comp. I plan to add a rack and ride this one on longer weekend rides ,say 25-35 miles . My friends ( road bikers ) keep saying this is a mistake as it will be the same as ridding the Crosstrail I already own. When test ridding the 2X10 20 speed Siirrus it seemed considerably fast than the Crosstrails. Question is , is anyone here ridding a Sirrus Comp these distances and what kind of speeds are you carrying . Any information would be helpful. Thank you in advance.
    FYI, there are some forum members who own Sirrus Comps. You might try a search, but hopefully they will see your post. Personally, I have ridden the Comp and found it to be super!

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