Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hammond, LA
Bikes: 95 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, 92 Specialized Sirrus Triple
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New aluminum cross bike vs. old steel - speed?
I have a 1992 Specialized Sirrus Triple. I have no idea what it weighs, but I'm thinking it's somewhere near 30lbs before bags. I have a rear rack on it, and use it for commuting, and recently, for some light touring. It has a steel frame, steel fork, and runs 700x23c tires.
I'm wondering if a new cross bike, like the Specialized Tricross Sport, would be slower or faster than my old Sirrus. The Tricross is newer, has nicer components, and an aluminum frame, but suffers wider tires. Will the fancy technology overcome the fat tires, or will I find the old Sirrus more efficient?
In particular, I'm considering the Tricross because I'm a little hemmed in where I live, and having a bit more tire would go a long way toward opening up a couple of gravel-shouldered, bike-adverse roads out of town.