I have a 2013 Whyte Montpellier which I absolutely love. I test rode a number of 2013 Specialized sirrus amongst almost all the top end hybrids last year, and have tested one of the carbon disk bikes for 2014. There is no comparison riding these bikes. The whyte r7 has really unique geometry is very stable (long wheelbase and relaxed front geometry), and the gearing is absolutely spot on and very fast. Try a Stirling if ur lbs has one to get a taste of the geometry , which is similar across the r7 range. I found the sirrus (aluminium and carbon ) very upright and boring compared to the whyte bikes. ( in fact I had a loan Whyte Cambridge which I thought was nicer to ride even). I suspect the montpellier is lighter , but it will be close. the Specialized has a lovely carbon frame, but ride it and decide. The montpellier for 2014 has a striking Matt ud carbon finish like a stealth fighter. All just my opinion, but given the vastly different geometry on these bikes, I'd test ride first.
Last edited by Johnst222; 04-28-14 at 04:31 PM.