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Old 09-06-11, 05:10 PM   #1
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My New SS...Any info on this bike appreciated.

I recently bought my first SS and am loving it. I have always been a mountain biker but wanted something to play with as a project but now I'm hooked! I think it is early 90's but not sure. The only thing I have done to it is switched out the original Suntour Blaze components with Ultegra. Any info on this bike would be appreciated as I can't find many of them online. All I know is that it is a Specialized Sirrus. I paid $120 for it already converted to SS.


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Old 09-06-11, 05:32 PM   #2
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Looks nice!
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Old 09-06-11, 06:03 PM   #3
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i do not know anything about that bike, with the exception of this: i like it.
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That is a perfect example of a conversion done right.
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It looks really good considering its a conversion. Those are some big road bars though Id swap out for some compact bars. Solid frame overall. You will not have a problem riding that bike just about anywhere pending you have the right wheels and tires that will take the abuse.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:30 PM   #6
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agreed.
looks nice.
I know the new sirrus is a city bike, but this is definitely a die-hard road bike.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:33 PM   #7
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It's a 1991 Specialized Sirrus
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Old 09-06-11, 11:37 PM   #8
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Sirrus used to be Specialized's entry level road bike, just below the Allez, if I recall correctly.
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"The 1990 sold for $550 US and came equipped with Shimano 105SC. There was also a Sirrus Triple for the same price that used RX100. The 1991 Sirrus Sport sold for $470 US and came with SunTour Blaze.

Both the 1990 models use the same CrMo butted frameset with 73 degree parallel angles, so they would be suitable for a novice racer or fast day rides. Both use CrMo forks, but the Sirrus is Unicrown while the Sirrus triple is conventional. The Triple has a third, granny chainring, making it suitable for cyclists who live or like to ride in very hilly terrain. Both have dual bottle bosses and a pump peg, use 32 hole Wolber GTX rims, 7 sp HG cogs and have down tube shift levers. The only real difference in the minor components is the Selle Italia Turbo Gel saddle on the Sirrus versus the SBI Lambda Blob on the Sirrus Triple. Oh yeah, the Sirrus was red and the Sirrus triple was blue."

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Wow! Thanks for the info! I agree the bars are a bit big. I thought about bullhorns but am still on the fence. Like the wheels but I'm not sure how sturdy they are. They are Rolf Vectors. This bike is a blast to ride and I'm planning on doing my first seagull century on it.
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Wow, that is great price for that bike, at least it would be in my area. Looks nice! Hopefully it will serve you well!

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i rode a SS sirrus in the florida keys last year and though it was clearly an abused bike from a rental place it rode awesomely and made the 7 mile bridge seem like a 3 or 4 mile bridge...
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I have an opportunity to buy A set of Deep V wheels laced to All City hubs with a 16T freewheel and track nuts included for $150. I've been thinking that my wheels are light and look good but don't seem sturdy and they are a cassette conversion. Sounds like a good deal, I'm checking them out on Monday.
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I have an opportunity to buy A set of Deep V wheels laced to All City hubs with a 16T freewheel and track nuts included for $150. I've been thinking that my wheels are light and look good but don't seem sturdy and they are a cassette conversion. Sounds like a good deal, I'm checking them out on Monday.
I think that sounds like a pretty good price. I have a set of the Deep V rims and All City Hubs on my Pinarello and really like them.
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That's a good deal if they're in nice shape.
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cassettes serviceable so i prefer them. the axle on the other wheelset is probably spaced 120. i'd skip them and just ride the bike. if you destroy the current wheelset over the next year you can get something better to replace them.

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i do dislike paired spokes greatly tho.
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the axle on the other wheelset is probably spaced 120.
Putting a 5mm axle spacer on each side is pretty damn easy.
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I have an opportunity to buy A set of Deep V wheels laced to All City hubs with a 16T freewheel and track nuts included for $150. I've been thinking that my wheels are light and look good but don't seem sturdy and they are a cassette conversion. Sounds like a good deal, I'm checking them out on Monday.
I actually prefer cassette hubs for SS conversions, because SS cassette cogs are cheaper and easier to swap out than SS freewheels. Also, they don't care about chainline at all. You can put the cog wherever you want. They don't work for fixed gear though, unless you weld the body together... Someday I might try that.

Anyway, getting that wheelset might be a good idea. Use it everyday, and keep the Rolf's as your "race" wheels for when you want to go fast. Either way though, don't sweat it. If you trash the Rolf's then you'll know they weren't strong enough..
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i hadn't thought about the spacing, I'm not even sure what my spacing is but if I have to cold set it then it's done with and I don't have to mess with it any more. I have been riding in Baltimore city from where I park to my job site and there are some fairly bumpy spots. I have had a few instances where I found loose spokes and the constant truing is getting a bit tiresome. Think I'm going to grab them.
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You wouldn't need to cold set anything. See post #18.
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Yup, you posted that while I was typing the other one. I'm guessing I'd have to replace the axle with a longer one?
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Not necessarily. Most rear axles are capable of 130mm spacing - although All-city hubs do come in 120 and 130mm versions.
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Gotcha, thanks for the info. Always good to go into these things informed. I hate surprises..
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Putting a 5mm axle spacer on each side is pretty damn easy.
o forreals truth as long as the axle will allow it[long enough] as you have also stated.

after i seen they were paired spoke i would change my answer to 'go get the wheels' anyway. i really dont like paired spokes.
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