Join Date: Aug 2010
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Expert
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I'm going to settle on the Expert. The frame is lighter, and I do spend time every year in the mountains doing passes and stuff like that. The difference in gearing (between the triple & double) is pretty negligible, plus the components on the Expert are of higher caliber. I think I can attach a front rack if need be, plus pull a trailer if I'm really getting some distance going. Mostly though I think my touring will be day tours, and maybe 5 days max at some point. I think the bike will be a good fit, and after test riding it it just felt right. Maybe because I'm switching from Roubaix, so it's kind of best of both worlds. It's that whole thing of trying to get all you want in 1 bike, and I think I'm pretty darn close with this one (for me and my desires)!
Again, thanks everyone for your thoughts! I feel like I've done a good job of researching and pondering all the options.