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.
Last edited by mi77915; 05-05-13 at 04:00 PM.