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    Velocommuter Commando Sirrus Rider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    Specialized has now added an "Adventure Touring" section to its road bikes: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...venturetouring

    The Tricross has been around for awhile, languishing in Marketing Limbo as they're pushing the Crux as their cross bike.

    The AWOL is new, and looks comparable to a Salsa Vaya. Steel frame and fork, mechanical disc brakes, 42c(!) cross tires stock.
    What I'm wondering is how closely does the new AWOL matches up to the Sirrus. Studying the pics the AWOL geometry and fitment looks awfully close to my Sirrus Drop Bar Conversion but with disc brakes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
    What I'm wondering is how closely does the new AWOL matches up to the Sirrus. Studying the pics the AWOL geometry and fitment looks awfully close to my Sirrus Drop Bar Conversion but with disc brakes..
    I didn't compare the geometry closely, but I did test ride a Sirrus, a Secteur elite disc, and a Tricross elite steel disc. I think the Secteur is already a lot like a Sirrus with drop bars, not quite as upright a riding position but closer then more road bikes. Tricross was very similar as well in riding position, but felt totally different since I rode the steel version - really ate up all the vibration and bumps from the rough path I tested them on. Gave me a new appreciation for steel bikes on rough surfaces. The tricross in steel did feel heavier and less nimble then the Secteur, but not to the point it felt slow or clunky. I assume this is as the steel is a little less responsive and heavier. Like going from a car to a SUV.

    Will let you know if I ever get to ride the AWOL how that compares. If anyone else gets to test one, would love to hear that too!

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    Look at this from KHS
    I just bought on of these for overnights and pulling a trailer . . I like the 530 fram and the gearing over the Specialized
    http://khsbicycles.com/bikes/2013-khs-models/urban-x/

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
    That's some weird geometry. Looong top tubes and really short stems. I expect they have a reason, as it seems deliberate.
    I believe that maybe due to loaded handling of the AWOL.
    Anybody on the forum spent much time on the new AWOL?

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    Someone (besides Velo-Orange) actually came out with an adventure touring bike that will take 29'er tires! It's about time. I never understood why someone marketing a bikecamping bicycle would limit it to <45mm tires.
    Currently riding a 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack converted to 26" wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    The AWOL has a compact crank.
    I'm in love with my granny gear.
    Loaded touring without a granny gear is too much like work.
    Cyclists with Granny Gears rule the world.
    There is a 36 on the back so 34/36 is 25 gear inches or so. Enough for some especially those who travel light. As an old goat, I think I'd be OK with it so younger stronger riders ought to be fine with that gearing if they pack fairly light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    The AWOL has a compact crank.
    I'm in love with my granny gear.
    Loaded touring without a granny gear is too much like work.
    Cyclists with Granny Gears rule the world.
    the lower end AWOL looks to have a triple...
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    So how do you like the KHS? What does it weigh? Good luck with it. TIA.

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    I won't be buying Specialized anytime soon, no matter how good their bikes might be. Their latest act: Allez, allez NAZARÉ - NeilPryde Bikes 2014
    Erick - www.borealphoto.com/velo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erick L View Post
    I won't be buying Specialized anytime soon, no matter how good their bikes might be. Their latest act: Allez, allez NAZARÉ - NeilPryde Bikes 2014
    There should be a specialized watch. I know that kind of thing happens all the time, but it seems that specialized goes a little overboard.

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