A tough hybrid from Specialized that'll offer the same low rolling resistance and componentry of a decent road bike, but with the ergonomics and durability of an upright commuter. The Specialized Sirrus Elite is the perfect urban vehicle to use at times when the full spandex get-up isn't suitable, but without giving up the quality features of the road bike nestled in your shed. The Sirrus range offers four models, ranging from £499.99 to £799.99, including Disc, Sport and Comp models, with the Elite sitting in the middle, offering a versatile do-it-all bike that'll turn its wheel to any situation.
Specialized Sirrus Elite. Just £649.99 on the road.
Specialized Sirrus Elite product review
RIDING IMPRESSIONSThe quality of the package is immediately apparent from the very first pedal stroke. Working through the gears and getting up to speed is dealt with much more swiftly than you expect and, despite the flat bar's more upright riding position, you still feel well balanced over both wheels and engaged enough to be able to power hard through the drivetrain at any given moment. The Body Geometry finishing kit makes for an extremely comfortable ride and hands never got achey, nor wrists sore. The saddle is particularly cosseting. You can feel the Zertz inserts at work on nasty town roads and the frame soaks up the vibrations well enough, but never feeling out of its depth. In fact, you could probably go off road on the Sirrus if you had to - this is one tough cookie.
FRAME AND FORKS
The Specialized E5 aluminium frame benefits from the firm's road bike technology and is as light and beautifully formed as you'd expect from Specialized. There's an elegant simplicity to the tubeset - fat and reassuringly chunky where it counts, while slim and uncomplicated elsewhere. The bike's race-bred heritage shines through in such details as through-frame cable routing on the top and down tube, and aero-profiled forks.
And those forks, by the way, are light weight carbon offering you a road feel you'll be familiar with if you're used to riding road bikes. What's more, they feature Specialized's Zertz inserts, as found on the company's Allez road bikes, which offer a much more compliant and therefore comfortable ride.
While the frame and components share their DNA with road bikes, the wide, flat alloy bars share theirs with mountain bikes, and give a comfortable riding position where you're sat nice and high. It's perfect for commuting through traffic-clogged streets where good vision is critical. With city-crossing reactions needing to be on point, the two-finger levers deliver much more control than a standard commuter offering, but you may need to adjust your braking technique as the linear-pull V-brakes are not as progressive as a road bike set-up, but provide powerful braking all the same, and in all conditions.
A Shimano drivetrain features a Tiagra rear d�railleur feeding a 9-speed cassette with a triple chainset for a broadly spread 27 gears that'll deal with every type of road and gradient. Sirrus nylon pedals have a symmetrical alloy cage and are toe-clip ready, in case you can't ride without your SPDs.
THE RIDERThe Specialized Sirrus Elite Hybrid bike is the ideal bike for someone who doesn't like to be out of the saddle for long and wants a commuter or urban run-about that's not far removed from their weekend road bike. Alternatively, this would make the perfect choice for the serious cyclist who wants a more forgiving riding position, whether they have a bad back or simply want to see more of what they're riding through.
BOTTOM LINEThis super-comfortable bike will lead the Tour de Traffique Lights and outshine any other commuter tool with its race-bred technology, handsome styling and quality mechanics. The Specialized Sirrus Elite is also available with disc brakes, priced at just £749.99.
SPECIALIZED SIRRUS ELITE FRAME GEOMETRY
SPECIALIZED SIRRUS ELITE- FULL SPECIFICATION
- Colours: Silver/Dark Silver/Red
- Sizes: X Small, Small, Medium, Large. X Large
- Frame: Specialized E5 Aluminium, fully manipulated butted tubing, smooth weld, internal cable routing, tapered/integrated headset, mudguard/rack eyelets
- Fork: Sirrus Fork, A1 Premium Aluminium crown, Cr-Mo steerer
- Front Hub: Double sealed, ground race, dual lock nuts w/ 17mm contact side, 5mm QR
- Rear Hub: Double sealed, ground race, dual lock nuts w/ 17mm contact side, 5mm QR
- Rims: Double-sealed, loose ball, dual-lock nuts
- Spokes: Sirrus DRX23, alloy double-wall, pinned, CNC machined, 32h
- Front Tyre: Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x28c
- Rear Tyre: Specialized Espoir Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x28c
- Shifters: Shimano Sora, Rapidfire
- Front Derailleur: Shimano FDM-3500, 9-speed, top-swing, dual-pull
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
- Chainset: Shimano HG-50 9-speed, 11-30
- Cassette: KMC X-9, reusable Missing Link
- Chain: KMC X-9, reusable Missing Link
- Bottom Bracket: Cartridge bearing, square spindle w/ crank stop right side, capless bolts
- Front Brake: Die cast alloy, linear pull
- Rear Brake: Die cast alloy, linear pull
- Brake Levers: Alloy linear-pull, two-finger
- Saddle: BodyGeometry Targa Sport, 155mm
- Seat Post: Alloy, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm
- Handlebars: Specialized alloy flat bar, 31.8mm, 6-degreeree backsweep
- Grips: BodyGeometry Targa, lock-on
- Stem: Specialized 3D forged alloy, 10-degreeree rise, 31.8mm clamp
- Headset: 1-1/8" FSA Campy-style, integrated cartridge, 15mm alloy cone spacer
- Pedals: Sirrus nylon body, 1.5mm varus angle, symmetric alloy cage, toe clip capable
- Weight: Not Specified