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Old 06-27-14, 11:18 PM   #26
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Gawd Specialized is putting put some nice rigs in this segment. I have a Sirrus Sport that I stripped and rebuilt with Sora. It too is a joy to ride. Now that I'm riding more I can justify a new ride in about a year. This has me thinking. I was starting to lean to a road bike again, but if this is the same geometry as the Tarmac with the new 105 stuff out there offering a flat bar it would be like two bikes in one with a quick bar swap between flat and drop.
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Old 06-28-14, 12:51 AM   #27
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I just picked up mine the other day, first thing I did after riding it out of the shop....turned around and bought new Mavic wheels and tires. Then swapped the stem, handlebars, and seat post with Thomson, much lighter and quicker. I went with a Brooks C17 saddle.

Welcome you are dressed the 9s with those upgrades.
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Old 06-28-14, 02:21 PM   #28
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I bought a new Specialized Sirrus Elite last August, moving up from a 10?-year-old Sirrus hybrid with carbon front forks. I was pretty surprised to find that I ended up spending another $1000 to get this bike set up the way I wanted it. I am 6'2" with a 32" inseam, and I ended up with an XL frame. The stock 2x10 gearing included a front big gear with 50 teeth, which was just not tall enough. I want to be able to accelerate on a downhill. Specialized is only too happy to offer alternate front gears; I ended up with their biggest available, at 53 teeth. This of course means a longer chain, which in turn means the smaller front gear had to be swapped out. Ka-ching! The stock seat sucked, and Specialized has a lovely selection of optional seats. I ended up with the women's narrow gel model -- the men's gel model was too wide for my butt. Ka-ching! My old rear rack and fitted pack can't be used on a carbon bike -- WTF? I had to switch to a post-mounted system, which in turn meant replacing my carbon post with a Thomson steel post. Ka-ching! The hardest thing to accomplish was, to get the handlebar angle just right. I finally got the right set of shims in place when the bike was tuned up this spring.

So after all this, how does it ride? I am really very pleased with the SRAM 2x10 gearing. Unless I am going uphill, I am in the higher front gear and can get by with shifting only the rear derailleur. The hardest thing to get used to was the change in hand position. My old bike had a drop bar with a second set of brake levers on the crossbar. I rode with my hands on the crossbar brake levers/shifters, in a vertical position. Now I grasp the crossbar when I ride, and my hands are in a horizontal position. It feels natural now, but it has taken me months to get used to it. The carbon frame seems to have a little give to it, so when I go over bumps it's not quite as jarring as with my old aluminum hybrid. The bike feels like it fits me better, and it seems somehow easier to ride fast. I don't think I am any faster, but I think I can ride fast longer, if that makes any sense.

All in all, I think it's a beautiful bike and definitely worth the money. If you buy a bike in this price range, I recommend you find a bike shop that sells a lot of high-end bikes. You know what the bike should feel like when it's set up correctly, but you won't know how to get it there, and your salesman won't either unless he's done this before.

FWIW, this is my commuter bike, May - October. I ride 5 miles to the LRT, then take the LRT to my office building. On my way home, I ride 15 miles along a lovely urban creek, then around a couple of lakes. The scenic route.

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Quick question... if you turn the wheel, does it (or can it) hit your feet? I notice that on a road bike, when I turn very sharply sometimes, the front tire will hit my foot. That doesn't happen on my Trek 7.2, but I'm looking to upgrade to something nicer (Sirrus Pro or Expert) and I'd like to know if that can happen or not.

Nice bike, btw!
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Quick question... if you turn the wheel, does it (or can it) hit your feet? I notice that on a road bike, when I turn very sharply sometimes, the front tire will hit my foot. That doesn't happen on my Trek 7.2, but I'm looking to upgrade to something nicer (Sirrus Pro or Expert) and I'd like to know if that can happen or not.

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No on my Sirrus I have not hit my foot turning. Its is slightly longer than your typical compact road bike. You will enjoy the Sirrus carbon bike, great SL4 frame with terrific stiffness to handle hills with,
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The Sirrus Carbon is basically a Roubaix frame with flat bars. I'd put on Nitto Albatross bars on mine and ride it as a very fast townie.
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I just picked up mine the other day, first thing I did after riding it out of the shop....turned around and bought new Mavic wheels and tires. Then swapped the stem, handlebars, and seat post with Thomson, much lighter and quicker. I went with a Brooks C17 saddle.

Bike is awesome. I am eagerly awaiting the 2015 Expert disc. What is the model number of the Mavic wheel set that you purchased?
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Old 07-30-14, 02:01 PM   #33
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Bike is awesome. I am eagerly awaiting the 2015 Expert disc. What is the model number of the Mavic wheel set that you purchased?
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Mavic Crossone Disc 29er Front and Rear Wheels with Continental Contact 700/32 Tires (it's a tight fit!)
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What did you gain by switching out the wheel set? Cosmetic, weight reduction or rigidity? This is gonna be my first"real" bike. I am not a racer or anything of the sort, I am interested in fitness and to alleviate driving to places that are close. I understand the relationship between weight reduction and efficiency and speed. I found an image for the 2015 Expert and it is perfect. If my upgrades approach the price of a Carbon, then that will be my bike. I appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks
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