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Old 05-26-04, 02:48 PM
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Here is my first road bike. A recent convert from Mountain Biking only and have quickly become addicted to it. Its a 1999 Specialized Allez Pro with Shimano 540 wheels. I've since added a 2003 Ultegra groupset to it, will post an up-to-date picture with the complete bike ...
Sweet. I love the color!
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Yeah the colour was the selling point for me, makes me think of a '70s American muscle car.
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He rips on everyone. He's an asshat, generally speaking.
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Originally Posted by ewitz
Aero bars on hybrids ARE JUST WRONG,
FWIW, The Sirrus is considered a flat bar road bike and not technically a "Hybrid"...it's basically a Sequoia w/ a flat bar on it. I think their Crossroads is their push for a Hybrid.

I recently converted my '02 Sirrus Elite over to Ritchey BioMax drops just do to the lack of hand positions, and now am adding an aero bar for more options. In talking with Specialized tech support they put the Sirrus into more of a urban commuting category (even though it's listed as a road bike) and said it was pretty close to a cyclocross setup.
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Originally Posted by WildBill
FWIW, The Sirrus is considered a flat bar road bike and not technically a "Hybrid"...it's basically a Sequoia w/ a flat bar on it. I think their Crossroads is their push for a Hybrid.

I recently converted my '02 Sirrus Elite over to Ritchey BioMax drops just do to the lack of hand positions, and now am adding an aero bar for more options. In talking with Specialized tech support they put the Sirrus into more of a urban commuting category (even though it's listed as a road bike) and said it was pretty close to a cyclocross setup.
cool... can i ask how hard it was for you to do the conversion? did you replace the shifters and brake levers? i am interested in hearing more if you don't mind.
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Originally Posted by poopypants
Here is my first road bike. A recent convert from Mountain Biking only and have quickly become addicted to it. Its a 1999 Specialized Allez Pro with Shimano 540 wheels. I've since added a 2003 Ultegra groupset to it, will post an up-to-date picture with the complete bike ...
I love the design of that frame. It's like my santa cruz.
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Originally Posted by ruirui
cool... can i ask how hard it was for you to do the conversion? did you replace the shifters and brake levers? i am interested in hearing more if you don't mind.
I had the LBS do the work so it was REALLY easy for me! lol... Seriously though, here is what I went with...

Ritchey BioMax dropbar
Ritchey Pro stem
Shimano 105 brake & shifter combo (So now all my stuff is 105)
Specialized Bar Phat tape

I ended up not liking the v-brake booster piece that converts your v-brakes over to use with the road levers, had too many problems w/ the front brakes after I would take the wheel off and on, constantly had to readjust them. So I decided to do some more upgrades...

It's currently at the shop (dropped off today) and I am picking it up tomorrow with the following upgrades:

Avid Shorty 4's cantilever style brakes (front & rear)
Shimano FlightDeck computer (had to have it...just too freakin' cool!) to replace my specialized computer.
Profile Design AirStryke 2000 aerobar (already decided to go with it, I know...may end up with a C2 down the road on my next bike to compare!)

I really like the dropbar alot more than the flat, I got tired of constant numbness problems w/ the flat bar. I had specialized bar ends, and their newer body geometry grips (like yours) but still couldn't get comfortable on long rides. I think I am going to keep the old components in case I decide to revert it back once I get another bike, or if I want to sell it.

Basically at this point after going over everything w/ Specialized and my LBS, it's pretty much like it's an upgraded Sequoia Elite, the Ritchey BioMax bar is pretty darn close to the one that comes on the Sequoia.

I'll post pics of it when I get it back tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by WildBill
I had the LBS do the work so it was REALLY easy for me! lol... Seriously though, here is what I went with...

Ritchey BioMax dropbar
Ritchey Pro stem
Shimano 105 brake & shifter combo (So now all my stuff is 105)
Specialized Bar Phat tape

I ended up not liking the v-brake booster piece that converts your v-brakes over to use with the road levers, had too many problems w/ the front brakes after I would take the wheel off and on, constantly had to readjust them. So I decided to do some more upgrades...

It's currently at the shop (dropped off today) and I am picking it up tomorrow with the following upgrades:

Avid Shorty 4's cantilever style brakes (front & rear)
Shimano FlightDeck computer (had to have it...just too freakin' cool!) to replace my specialized computer.
Profile Design AirStryke 2000 aerobar (already decided to go with it, I know...may end up with a C2 down the road on my next bike to compare!)

I really like the dropbar alot more than the flat, I got tired of constant numbness problems w/ the flat bar. I had specialized bar ends, and their newer body geometry grips (like yours) but still couldn't get comfortable on long rides. I think I am going to keep the old components in case I decide to revert it back once I get another bike, or if I want to sell it.

Basically at this point after going over everything w/ Specialized and my LBS, it's pretty much like it's an upgraded Sequoia Elite, the Ritchey BioMax bar is pretty darn close to the one that comes on the Sequoia.

I'll post pics of it when I get it back tomorrow.
wildbill,... definitely post up pics. i would love to see how it looks like. for me i might be doing the job myself. so in the meantime, i'm just checking to see what parts i should pick to go for it. my friend said to just sell my 04 sirrus and buy a road bike instead.. but i really like how the sirrus rides. anyhoo.. post up pics... and i mean lotsa pics and closeups too. thanks!
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Originally Posted by ruirui
my friend said to just sell my 04 sirrus and buy a road bike instead.. but i really like how the sirrus rides. anyhoo.. post up pics... and i mean lotsa pics and closeups too. thanks!
Will do!

Yup, I was in the same quandry about which way to go...I wish I could of afforded to just buy a new Allez or Trek 2300, but I figured that alot of my costs at the LBS would still be valid on the new bike, (aerobars, flightdeck, etc) and I could actually convert this bike back to flatbar and then take the new components to a new frame.

I just sold my '03 Giant Cypress DX on eBay last weekend, and was debating about putting the Sirrus up as well then taking all the profits and buying a more expensive road bike...but in the end I figured I'd stick with the Sirrus for now.

I'm actually looking hard at an Ibex Aprisa or Vantage 6500 when the time comes to upgrade as I would like to give Ibex a try at some point.

The reason I opted to stick with the Sirrus for now is because I bought it used from a friend after only a few hundred miles on it for a steal ($500) compared to what it cost new...plus he had upgraded the clipless pedals and put on the computer, rear bag & rack, etc. So far I'll have about $600 invested in upgrades, but still just around the original cost of the bike.

Around here you don't see many other Sirrus's (In fact I've yet to come across another one on the road), there is only 1 Specialized dealer in town and they are a combo bike/ski/etc shop so I doubt they sell alot of the bikes. I ended up at a LBS in Monroe, MI about a 30min drive away...
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A Cannondale R900si double. Only pic I could find in same color.

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Originally Posted by poopypants
Here is my first road bike. A recent convert from Mountain Biking only and have quickly become addicted to it. Its a 1999 Specialized Allez Pro with Shimano 540 wheels. I've since added a 2003 Ultegra groupset to it, will post an up-to-date picture with the complete bike ...
Yep, nice one and welcome to the cosy world of road cyclists, you will be able to tell from recent posts how much we care for each other!!
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Originally Posted by WildBill
Will do!

Yup, I was in the same quandry about which way to go...I wish I could of afforded to just buy a new Allez or Trek 2300, but I figured that alot of my costs at the LBS would still be valid on the new bike, (aerobars, flightdeck, etc) and I could actually convert this bike back to flatbar and then take the new components to a new frame.

I just sold my '03 Giant Cypress DX on eBay last weekend, and was debating about putting the Sirrus up as well then taking all the profits and buying a more expensive road bike...but in the end I figured I'd stick with the Sirrus for now.

I'm actually looking hard at an Ibex Aprisa or Vantage 6500 when the time comes to upgrade as I would like to give Ibex a try at some point.

The reason I opted to stick with the Sirrus for now is because I bought it used from a friend after only a few hundred miles on it for a steal ($500) compared to what it cost new...plus he had upgraded the clipless pedals and put on the computer, rear bag & rack, etc. So far I'll have about $600 invested in upgrades, but still just around the original cost of the bike.

Around here you don't see many other Sirrus's (In fact I've yet to come across another one on the road), there is only 1 Specialized dealer in town and they are a combo bike/ski/etc shop so I doubt they sell alot of the bikes. I ended up at a LBS in Monroe, MI about a 30min drive away...
wildbill.. don't say you are going to sell the sirrus on ebay. well, i can't really do much to my bike at the moment.. since i just purchased a house.. so it'll be a while before i can buy anything else. but thus far, my plans are to save up for a road bike... at the same time, ride the sirrus for now.
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Old 05-28-04, 06:41 PM
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Here's the Sirrus...after modifying...

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Well, I bought the bianchi I have been riding from my uncle.

It's a bianchi piaggio with full campy. Not sure what model/year the campy stuff is though.
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Originally Posted by WildBill
Here's the Sirrus...after modifying...

Wildbill.. can you post up some close up pics of the handle bar area like top view, side views? thanks.

EDIT: nevermind.. found your lovely sirrus on the mech. forum... awesome!

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Just got new wheels from Mike Garcia (https://www.oddsandendos.com/) DT Swiss rims laced to some of his speedcific hubs, weighing in at around 1480g.
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I appreciate the Thumbs-Up on my new ride. I'll tell 'ya the story.... When I layed my eyes on the new Madone's I decided that I HAD to have one. After a long, arduous search I finally tracked one down in my size (62). The moment that I was ready to pick up the phone, pull the trigger & do the deal, I had a sudden unexplained change of heart. The end result being the De Rosa. When the thing finally came together, I was convinced that I made the right choice. I'm sure that Madone is a great ride, but no regrets at all....

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here's my new 2004 orbea lobular carbon built with dura-ace 10spd. i'm still dialing in the fit, hence
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Well, here is the latest of my LeMond Tourmalet.. excuse the mismatching water bottles . Upgraded the 105/tiagra set to Dura Ace in the front, Ultegra in the back, and the wheels to a set of Shimano 7701's. Now she is starting to look like a real bike (and as my buddies tell me, I dont have any excuse now )

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