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Old 05-07-14, 06:38 AM   #1
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Jamis Allegro Sport (femme) vs. Specialized Sirrus Elite - which one??

Hi - can anybody please weigh in on the jamis allegro vs specialized sirrus elite debate for me (current year models)? Would be MUCH appreciated.
I need this bike for urban riding - mostly for short (20-ish min) commutes in medium traffic settings and I am a Jamis owner, however that bike is at least 7 years old and sort of falling apart (steel frame and clunky too). I test rode the Allegro sport and LOVED it last summer. My brother just told me a bout the sirrus elite however and he has convinced me to look into it as a serious alternative. One of my main criteria is the bike be light. I couldn't find the weight for the sirrus elite - the allegro comes in at just about 25 lbs. I am not a competitive long distsance rider (yet anyway) so a good, everyday bike that's sturdy, comfortable (i.e. smooth riding), lightweight and easy. I also don't want to spend over $650 ideally, which is another reason the specialized may not work out but am willing to consider if it's a much more superior bike than the allegro.

Technical specs for both can be found here:
JAMIS BICYCLES
Specialized Bicycle Components

Thanks SO much for your guidance/advice!
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Old 05-07-14, 07:53 AM   #2
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Why dont you just fix up your old bike? New wheels and new components can drop your weight drastically and can be better than those on the new bikes. Some nice wheels can drop about 3 lbs off the standard quando hub, thick straight spokes and heavy alex rims. A hollowtech ii crankset can shave about a pound from a solid square spindled steel ringed alivio. 7 years is not too old for a bicycle, and some of the best bikes are made of steel
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Old 05-07-14, 08:05 AM   #3
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The Allegro has a chromoly steel fork, is an 8 speed, and has an lower tier componentry. OTOH, the Sirrus has a carbon fork, is a 9 speed, and has higher tier componentry than the Allegro.

There's very little comparison component-wise with these two bikes. However, the main point of contention should be fit. How do each of these bikes feel when you test ride them?...In cycling, everything is about fit and feeling!

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Old 05-07-14, 08:06 AM   #4
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Why dont you just fix up your old bike? New wheels and new components can drop your weight drastically and can be better than those on the new bikes. Some nice wheels can drop about 3 lbs off the standard quando hub, thick straight spokes and heavy alex rims. A hollowtech ii crankset can shave about a pound from a solid square spindled steel ringed alivio. 7 years is not too old for a bicycle, and some of the best bikes are made of steel
+1

These sound like true words of profound wisdom...
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Old 05-07-14, 07:41 PM   #5
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Smile

Sirrus is a sized for males Vita is the same but sized for females.

Allegro Sport is comparable to the base model Vita or Sirrus both having steel forks.

The Vita or Sirrus elites comparable to Allegro Comp both having carbon forks.

You will notice the Jamis Comp only has 2 chain rings in front the Specialized will have 3.

Do you need 27 gears or will 18 do?

I tend to ride on the levy or rail road trail so 18 is good for me.

The Elite, Comp and Trek FX7.4 all weighed the same according to my calibrated finger tips.

Do test ride an FX7.4

Yes I did just Buy the Jamis Allegro Comp 2 weeks ago.

You may want to read my thread before you give Specialized your money.

Can anyone here help me distinguish a recalled fork from a good one?

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^ Specialized activates my gag reflex!
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