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Very good price for this. Almost the same price as the lower version Mech Disc model which is £475 in most shops. (This bike is the upgraded version with Hydraulic disc breaks). Well reviewed bike.

Currently available in 4 Sizes: S / M / L / XL

Haven't seen this bike on sale anywhere yet, the next best price I can find is for £575: See here in Evans.


Specialized Crosstrail Hydro Disc 2020 Hybrid Bike

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Who is this Bike for?
If you enjoy cycling with your family while taking in the surroundings, the latest performance road bikes probably aren't for you. A leisure bike puts comfort above performance - ideal for rides with the family and nipping to the shop. The best leisure bikes are perfect for Sunday cruises; ideal for riding to the pub. You can expect leisure bikes to be low maintenance, and many have hub gears, which shouldn’t require your attention. A leisure bike might not be as fast as a carbon race bike, but it’ll carry you round in style and comfort.

About the Bike
When you're at the gym, you use equipment that works for you. Likewise, you need a bike that performs exactly how you need it to—versatile, comfortable, and efficient. You need a bike like the Crosstrail with Hydraulic Disc Brakes. It features a light and tough A1 Premium Aluminium frame that's been designed with Specialized Fitness Geometry, so it will fit and feel like a dream right out of the box. Not stopping there, we also included a custom suspension fork with our Brain technology that stays locked out on smooth surfaces but successfully soaks up road imperfections when the going gets rough. Add in a selection of strong, no-fuss components and reliable hydraulic disc brakes, and you get a bike that's ready to roll wherever you choose to take it.

Working with the Body Geometry team, Specialized designed a frame that strikes the optimal balance between comfort and efficiency. The A1 SL Premium aluminium construction pairs weight savings with rugged durability, while the rack, fender, and disc mounts give you an incredibly versatile package. An SR Suntour NEX fork w/ Fitness Brain technology features 55mm of coil-sprung travel that takes the sting out of bumpy terrain, while the Fitness Brain technology promotes more climbing and pedalling efficiency. Braking duties are handled by Promax hydraulic disc brakes to ensure effective, consistent, and reliable power through any kind of terrain or condition.

Key Features

  • A1 Premium Aluminum Frame allows easier handling across all terrains
  • SR Suntour NEX Fork is engineered to absorb shock and vibration
  • Shimano Altus 24 Speed Drivetrain for super fast, light and accurate shifting
  • Promax Solve hydraulic Disc Brakes for reliability and consistency you can count on
  • Trigger Sport Reflect 700 x 38c Tyres give plenty of grip in all conditions



About the Brand
Specialized Bicycles Components, or the more commonly known, Specialized, has 'over 40 years' experience in the bike trade and now produce one of the largest range of bikes available. Not only that, but the American brand have grown their range of Specialized clothing, shoes, helmets and accessories to match. Specialized have identified that many people enjoy cycling and have grown their range to meet this demand.

Full Specification
  • Frame - Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, Fitness Geometry, butted tubing, rack mounts, Plug + Play fender mounts
  • Fork - SR Suntour NEX w/ Specialized Fitness Brain technology, 55mm of travel, 1-1/8" steerer, QR, fender mounts
  • Number of Gears - 24
  • Shifters - Shimano Altus, RapidFire Plus, w/ gear display
  • Chainset - Shimano Tourney, 3-piece
  • Chainrings - 48/38/28T
  • Cassette - Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t
  • Chain - KMC X8EPT, 8-speed, anti-corrosion coating w/ reusable Missing Link
  • Front Derailleur - Shimano Tourney, top swing, 31.8mm clamp
  • Rear Derailleur - Shimano Altus, 8-Speed
  • Bottom Bracket - BSA, 68mm, square taper
  • Pedals - Specialized Body Geometry Fitness, platform, plastic
  • Rims - 700C disc, double wall
  • Front Hub - Alloy, 6-bolt disc, loose ball bearing, QR, 32h
  • Rear Hub - Alloy, 6-bolt disc, 8/9-speed freehub, loose ball bearing, QR, 32h
  • Front Tyre - Trigger Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x38mm
  • Rear Tyre - Trigger Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x38mm
  • Front Brake - Promax Solve, hydraulic disc, post mount, 160mm rotor
  • Rear Brake - Promax Solve, hydraulic disc, post mount, 160mm rotor
  • Brake Levers - Promax Solve, hydraulic disc
  • Handlebars - Double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 31.8mm
  • Grips - Specialized Body Geometry XCT, lock-on
  • Stem - 3D forged alloy, 7-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
  • Saddle - Specialized Canopy Sport, steel rails
  • Seatpost - Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 27.2mm
  • Post Clamp - Bolt type, alloy, 31.8mm
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I have the Crosstrail elite pro and very happy with it. It is one of the few bikes at this time but has the front suspension, which I really like. It really makes for a much smoother ride and even though I can lock mine off, I always have the suspension on.
Get yourself some panniers and you have a great utility bike.
Similar price to many of that spec eg Boardman MTX 8.6 at £450
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I'm looking for a hybrid like this but it's just a smidge more than I could get away with paying. Heat though cos I'm definitely tempted.
Jophus09/04/2020 19:49

I'm looking for a hybrid like this but it's just a smidge more than I …I'm looking for a hybrid like this but it's just a smidge more than I could get away with paying. Heat though cos I'm definitely tempted.




What size are you Jophus?
The problem with buying a bike now is that all the major bike shops have s*d all stock in. I can't believe how little stock several of them have.

As a result several of them have ramped their prices considerably - a lot of bikes are more expensive than a few weeks ago - with some of the retailers asking ludicrous prices for returned, damaged or ex-hire bikes. Real cheek.

If people had been looking for a bike like this Specialized - hybrid with a front suspension fork - then a few weeks ago there were loads in the £350 to £400 price are with some bargain as low as £250.

It really is not a good time to be buying a bike IMPO.
tawse5709/04/2020 20:41

The problem with buying a bike now is that all the major bike shops have …The problem with buying a bike now is that all the major bike shops have s*d all stock in. I can't believe how little stock several of them have.As a result several of them have ramped their prices considerably - a lot of bikes are more expensive than a few weeks ago - with some of the retailers asking ludicrous prices for returned, damaged or ex-hire bikes. Real cheek.If people had been looking for a bike like this Specialized - hybrid with a front suspension fork - then a few weeks ago there were loads in the £350 to £400 price are with some bargain as low as £250. It really is not a good time to be buying a bike IMPO.


I get what you’re saying but regarding this bike it hasn’t been as low as this. I’ve been looking at this bike for a few months as I’ve been deciding on a new one for the cycle to work scheme, never seen it on offer
Libre1109/04/2020 20:48

I get what you’re saying but regarding this bike it hasn’t been as low as t …I get what you’re saying but regarding this bike it hasn’t been as low as this. I’ve been looking at this bike for a few months as I’ve been deciding on a new one for the cycle to work scheme, never seen it on offer




Ah, I was talking generally - not about this specific bike. Lots of places are almost out of the Crosstrails so if it is what you want at a good price then great.

I have a 15 year old Specialized which is finally knackered and which I am about to replace. I like the look of Specialized bikes but you do pay a premium for the name. You can usually find just as good bikes for less money from Giant, Marin, etc. I am tempted by one of the Sirrus X Specialized bikes but they want £700 for what should be £500 tops.
tawse5709/04/2020 21:00

Ah, I was talking generally - not about this specific bike. Lots of places …Ah, I was talking generally - not about this specific bike. Lots of places are almost out of the Crosstrails so if it is what you want at a good price then great.I have a 15 year old Specialized which is finally knackered and which I am about to replace. I like the look of Specialized bikes but you do pay a premium for the name. You can usually find just as good bikes for less money from Giant, Marin, etc. I am tempted by one of the Sirrus X Specialized bikes but they want £700 for what should be £500 tops.


Ah I get you! Yeah I agree with you completely

Btw the entry level Sirrus X 2.0 is around £550.. But I’m guessing you’d want a better spec one than that? here
Edited by: "Libre11" 9th Apr
Libre1109/04/2020 21:04

Ah I get you! Yeah I agree with you completely Btw the entry level …Ah I get you! Yeah I agree with you completely Btw the entry level Sirrus X 2.0 is around £550.. But I’m guessing you’d want a better spec one than that? here




Yes, the entry level one comes with a steel fork. The next one up comes with an aluminium fork. I prefer those. After that it is carbon but I do not think that carbon forks are safe. I think there are going to be lots of lawsuits in the coming years against bike manufacturers over failed carbon forks.
tawse5709/04/2020 21:16

Yes, the entry level one comes with a steel fork. The next one up comes …Yes, the entry level one comes with a steel fork. The next one up comes with an aluminium fork. I prefer those. After that it is carbon but I do not think that carbon forks are safe. I think there are going to be lots of lawsuits in the coming years against bike manufacturers over failed carbon forks.


I believe specialized guarantee their frames for life And according to my LBS they genuinely will replace it and they had one in that went through the process. Worth checking anyway.
smallsteve09/04/2020 21:20

I believe specialized guarantee their frames for life And according to my …I believe specialized guarantee their frames for life And according to my LBS they genuinely will replace it and they had one in that went through the process. Worth checking anyway.

I should add that specialised don’t do the carbon frame for this particular bike anymore.
Reason I haven’t changed my five year old Crosstrail to the latest one is because I don’t like the inertia forks that only operate for the bigger knocks. Most of the time this means that the forks are not dampening the lesser vibrations and I don’t like that. Also, they have dropped the size of the main ring from 48 teeth down to 44, i think. Doesn’t sound much, but it does make it feel very different when you are used to a larger front ring.
To be honest I could live with the suspension, but not that front ring. The bike shop checked for me and you can’t put a bigger one on unfortunately.
smallsteve09/04/2020 21:20

I believe specialized guarantee their frames for life And according to my …I believe specialized guarantee their frames for life And according to my LBS they genuinely will replace it and they had one in that went through the process. Worth checking anyway.




It is not the reaplacement of a snapped carbon fork by itself that I have a concern with. It is the being on a bike that has a carbon fork that snaps suddenly. I have done a lot of research about carbon forks - the problem with them is that they can just snap out of the blue leading to terrible injury or death. Heat, moisture, slight knocks or even manufacturing faults can result in a fork snapping because, whilst it might look fine on the outside, you cannot see the weakness on the inside.

I read an article a few months back where a US lawyer said that, in his view, the 2020's will see huge financial payouts by bike manufacturers to those injured by carbon forks breaking or to the families of those who died when their carbon fork snapped.
One final comment whilst I am rattling on, is that each year specialised only tweak the design of these bikes and so one way of saving money is to buy a previous year’s model if one is available. Google is your friend! To a greater degree, you will be getting the same bike and saving money at the same time if you are lucky.
smallsteve09/04/2020 21:40

One final comment whilst I am rattling on, is that each year specialised …One final comment whilst I am rattling on, is that each year specialised only tweak the design of these bikes and so one way of saving money is to buy a previous year’s model if one is available. Google is your friend! To a greater degree, you will be getting the same bike and saving money at the same time if you are lucky.


I agree tbh. I had the 2017 model of this and not too much has changed.. Thought it’d be worth a post though as it’s ‘technically’ new
Beautiful Bike 👌🏼
Nearly £500 for Altus and Tourney mechs?! Lol... the only decent feature are the hydr discs but everything else is a £300 bike.

If tawse is correct then just hold off buying new until prices are sensible. Plenty of used buys for a stopgap anyway.
Funny this comes up. I’m looking for a bike now! Looking to get back into it and I agree it doesn’t feel like a great time to be buying a bike as so much has climbed in price. Been looking at a Merida Crossway Urban 20! Looked ideal for me as a causal rider and just over my budget of £350 but can stretch to £400.


This is lovely too. I hate the blue and also a bit more than I want to spend. A good deal though from the reduction so heated.
Nearly purchased a similar spec bike to this back in February, but managed to pick up a 2009 Cube Ltd Race second hand for £300. I was a little hesitant at first given the age, but it had barely been used. Aside from a slightly sticking front brake it has been faultless, and is a cracking bike, and really light weight.

Worth looking on Facebook and eBay for older models, as you can often find some great spec bikes for less than this.
tawse5710/04/2020 12:02

48cm one here for £360 at Paul's Cycles.XL for £400 at S …48cm one here for £360 at Paul's Cycles.XL for £400 at Startfitness.https://m.startfitness.co.uk/merida-crossway-urban-20-mens-hybrid-bike-2019-silver-mcswyu2019.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwssD0BRBIEiwA-JP5rAsO1WgcDCH3IxWovroRWS_PJ3i5cEeZwDpgmyrqvggMx2XAN5jTTxoCVGkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


I do like the look of the Merida Hybrids actually. Personally I’d prefer front suspension as my route to work has about 10min worth of off-roading on it.. Not sure the Crossway would fare going over some bumpy terrain?
Libre1110/04/2020 12:07

I do like the look of the Merida Hybrids actually. Personally I’d prefer f …I do like the look of the Merida Hybrids actually. Personally I’d prefer front suspension as my route to work has about 10min worth of off-roading on it.. Not sure the Crossway would fare going over some bumpy terrain?




I am not a fan of the cheap suspension forks that bike firms stick on lower end and mid-range hybrids. They are heavy with a big metal spring inside. Lots of cyclists on bike forums loathe them and say that they don't actually give much benefit. But inexperienced people buying a first bike think they will cushion out the bumps and hence bike manufactuers can get away with selling them. Cheap suspension forks are loved by bike makers as it makes them more profit.

I am of the opinion that a good solid fork will give you just as good support and vibration dampening over bumpy terrain. It is easier, and often better, to use slightly bigger tyres if you want to cushion bumps rather than a heavy suspension fork. A solid fork will also be lighter which is something to consider if you are cycling long distances and/or have hills to climb.

I ride a mix of tarmac roads, concrete, gravel paths and occasional cycling across grass or bumpy ground with some tree roots using my solid fork on my Specializeds hybrid. I have never had a problem. Just have fatter tyres.

I am against carbon forks also.

Edit:

If buying a hybrid with a solid fork it is important IMPO to make sure that the fork and rear stays are wide enough to take a larger, fatter tyre. Or it already comes with a fatter tyre. One of the reasons gravel bikes are growing in popularity is that they come with forks/stays wide enough for fat tyres or you can put on narrower tyres for speed.

I almost bought a discounted Giant Escape 2019 recently but I see that the 2020 model has a wider fork and stays to accomodate fatter tyres. That might be a 'cheap' way of getting a gravel bike IMPO. A bike which I can stick thin tyres on for speed and fat tyres if I wish to do a bit of off-roading. Or just keep the fatter tyres on for the bumps.

Bikes are getting so expensive now that I think you need to think of how to get one that can do a few things.

Rant over.
Edited by: "tawse57" 10th Apr
tawse5710/04/2020 14:03

I am not a fan of the cheap suspension forks that bike firms stick on …I am not a fan of the cheap suspension forks that bike firms stick on lower end and mid-range hybrids. They are heavy with a big metal spring inside. Lots of cyclists on bike forums loathe them and say that they don't actually give much benefit. But inexperienced people buying a first bike think they will cushion out the bumps and hence bike manufactuers can get away with selling them. Cheap suspension forks are loved by bike makers as it makes them more profit.I am of the opinion that a good solid fork will give you just as good support and vibration dampening over bumpy terrain. It is easier, and often better, to use slightly bigger tyres if you want to cushion bumps rather than a heavy suspension fork. A solid fork will also be lighter which is something to consider if you are cycling long distances and/or have hills to climb.I ride a mix of tarmac roads, concrete, gravel paths and occasional cycling across grass or bumpy ground with some tree roots using my solid fork on my Specializeds hybrid. I have never had a problem. Just have fatter tyres.I am against carbon forks also.Edit:If buying a hybrid with a solid fork it is important IMPO to make sure that the fork and rear stays are wide enough to take a larger, fatter tyre. Or it already comes with a fatter tyre. One of the reasons gravel bikes are growing in popularity is that they come with forks/stays wide enough for fat tyres or you can put on narrower tyres for speed.I almost bought a discounted Giant Escape 2019 recently but I see that the 2020 model has a wider fork and stays to accomodate fatter tyres. That might be a 'cheap' way of getting a gravel bike IMPO. A bike which I can stick thin tyres on for speed and fat tyres if I wish to do a bit of off-roading. Or just keep the fatter tyres on for the bumps. Bikes are getting so expensive now that I think you need to think of how to get one that can do a few things.Rant over.


That’s a very fair point. I agree, most experienced riders & people with more knowledge of bikes usually suggest avoiding suspension on the lower end bikes as it’s more a mere gimmick.

Having said that, I’m not a serious rider & only commute to work (25 mins each way) & having had the 2017 slightly higher spec model of this I loved it. (Unfortunately got stolen)

I haven’t read into carbon forks before but have taken note.. Will definitely think twice about those in the future!
What makes this a hybrid? It it half road, half mountain/off-road? Was expecting a motor LOL
(Bike noob)
neilnetbanx10/04/2020 14:10

What makes this a hybrid? It it half road, half mountain/off-road? Was …What makes this a hybrid? It it half road, half mountain/off-road? Was expecting a motor LOL (Bike noob)


yes mate basically! It’s sort of balanced in between both. More suited to path/hard trail than soft ground/mud of a mountain bike as it has much thinner tyres.
Libre1110/04/2020 14:08

That’s a very fair point. I agree, most experienced riders & people with m …That’s a very fair point. I agree, most experienced riders & people with more knowledge of bikes usually suggest avoiding suspension on the lower end bikes as it’s more a mere gimmick. Having said that, I’m not a serious rider & only commute to work (25 mins each way) & having had the 2017 slightly higher spec model of this I loved it. (Unfortunately got stolen) I haven’t read into carbon forks before but have taken note.. Will definitely think twice about those in the future!




The most important thing about a bike is to get something that you enjoy. That way you can have lots of fun with it.

I considered a Specialized Sirrus a few weeks back which was a ladies model but the colour was purple and I liked it. The only difference between the male and female Sirrus's are the colours. It came in XL but I saw that Specialized had down-graded the components from last year whilst raising the price so I hesitated... and it was sold. I could have got a Giant Escape in a dull, miserable black this week for less money and better components than the Sirrus... but I do like that purple.

I do also admit that I have considered a Giant Roam with a suspension fork a few months back. One of the retailers was selling off a bunch of them end of season for £350. That would have been a great bike for a Tonsheng electric motor - home-built ebike - but I didn't like the blue and felt it would attract too much attention when locked up outside the shops. You have to buy something that you enjoy and will come to love.
neilnetbanx10/04/2020 14:10

What makes this a hybrid? It it half road, half mountain/off-road? Was …What makes this a hybrid? It it half road, half mountain/off-road? Was expecting a motor LOL (Bike noob)




The frame comes from Vietnam and the wheels from Indonesia. The cogs and chain from China.
Any hardtail mountain bikes at a good price?
tawse5710/04/2020 15:10

The frame comes from Vietnam and the wheels from Indonesia. The cogs and …The frame comes from Vietnam and the wheels from Indonesia. The cogs and chain from China.


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tawse5710/04/2020 15:09

The most important thing about a bike is to get something that you enjoy. …The most important thing about a bike is to get something that you enjoy. That way you can have lots of fun with it.I considered a Specialized Sirrus a few weeks back which was a ladies model but the colour was purple and I liked it. The only difference between the male and female Sirrus's are the colours. It came in XL but I saw that Specialized had down-graded the components from last year whilst raising the price so I hesitated... and it was sold. I could have got a Giant Escape in a dull, miserable black this week for less money and better components than the Sirrus... but I do like that purple.I do also admit that I have considered a Giant Roam with a suspension fork a few months back. One of the retailers was selling off a bunch of them end of season for £350. That would have been a great bike for a Tonsheng electric motor - home-built ebike - but I didn't like the blue and felt it would attract too much attention when locked up outside the shops. You have to buy something that you enjoy and will come to love.


Link to the Giant? Or was it a while ago now?
trd10/04/2020 09:23

Nearly £500 for Altus and Tourney mechs?! Lol... the only decent feature …Nearly £500 for Altus and Tourney mechs?! Lol... the only decent feature are the hydr discs but everything else is a £300 bike. If tawse is correct then just hold off buying new until prices are sensible. Plenty of used buys for a stopgap anyway.


Agreed, the drivetrain is low rent. This is something of a Specialized erm....speciality. I am a fan of the Big S. They clearly have top designers in house. But they're tightwads when it comes to components. As for used buys. its a sellers market due to the shortage of bikes on sale, and retailers still open. So don't expect a bargain out there right now.
Edited by: "Sulphur.Man" 11th Apr
n1510/04/2020 23:19

Link to the Giant? Or was it a while ago now?




It was an auction on ebay being sold by a bike shop. In the end it sold for £280 plus £35 delivery. It was a brand new Giant Escape 2 City in dark blue. Lovely bike complete with rack and mudguards. It did have some tiny chips - which was in the description - on the crossbar just below the saddle where it had been knocked whilst being stored.

Yes, I have buyer's remorse not entering a few bids higher but I hope whoever got it loves it.
Bought Boardman HYB 8.6 Mens Hybrid Bike just over 12months ago(£600.00), cycle 5 days a week 8 miles a day! Very disappointed with it! Past 3 months, new bottom bracket, set of pedals, headset bearings and now a rumble from the rear wheel while free wheeling!
All the bearing replaced so far had no grease packed in them! as the cycle shop put it "thrown together in rush"
Would I have another Boardman! Nope!

Jon4011/04/2020 16:24

Bought Boardman HYB 8.6 Mens Hybrid Bike just over 12months ago(£600.00), …Bought Boardman HYB 8.6 Mens Hybrid Bike just over 12months ago(£600.00), cycle 5 days a week 8 miles a day! Very disappointed with it! Past 3 months, new bottom bracket, set of pedals, headset bearings and now a rumble from the rear wheel while free wheeling! All the bearing replaced so far had no grease packed in them! as the cycle shop put it "thrown together in rush"Would I have another Boardman! Nope!




Sorry to hear that. The cr*p bottom bracket is a known problem with that model of Boardman. I havel lost count of the complaints I have read online about it.

I have also read or watched videos about sudden failure of carbon forks on Boardman bikes. Oh, and paintwork chipping easily seems to be an issue. I have read posts of people complaining about this and noticed, in my local Halfords, whenever I pop in to buy some tyres that the HYB 8.6 always seems to have chipped paint on the one they have on display.

The bike looks fabulous to look at. They always catch my eye when one cycles past me but the build quailty just does not appear to be there.
Libre1115/04/2020 23:32

@tawse57 …@tawse57 https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Sirrus-Elite-Alloy-Womens-2020-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_113427.htm thoughts on this?


I have an older carbon version of this and changed to 38mm tyres and use it as a gravel bike and rate it highly. Only size XL available. I would ignore the men/ women denomination on specialized bikes as its all marketing bull. With tiagra gear, carbon fork and lightweight frame its a nice find for £700
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Edited by: "76zedfour" 16th Apr
Libre1115/04/2020 23:32

@tawse57 …@tawse57 https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Sirrus-Elite-Alloy-Womens-2020-Hybrid-Sports-Bike_113427.htm thoughts on this?




I have sat on the male version of this in the Swansea Tredz store. It is black. The only difference between male and female Sirrus models - you can check the geometry on the Specialized site - is that the female XL is equivalent to male L, female L equivalent to male M and so on.

I felt good on the bike was my first thought. I liked it. It felt light due to the carbon fork but I am not a carbon fork fan personally. I didn't like the paint job to honest. It didn't look smart enough IMPO for the money Specialized is expecting. It is well known that Specialized, like Trek and also Ridgeway I think, charge a premium for their bikes and thus you will often pay significantly more for a Specialized bike of similar components than perhaps other makes. They make a big thing of the bikes being US bikes, which no doubt goes down well in the US, but I think they all come from Asian factories. IIRC the Specialised Sirrus had a Vietnam sticker on it.

I certainly would never buy a white bike as they tend to show up every scratch or mark and IMPO look knackered very early on. Something to think about. I saw a new Sirrus - basic model - last Summer and noticed that where the cables touched the paintwork the paint had been rubbed away. Again, something to bear in mind. (You can buy rubber curly bits to wrap around the cables and, in theory, they reduce the rub.)

I was not keen on the handlebars - I felt that they were too narrow for a modern hybrid. It is a common complaint online re reviews of the Sirrus range. For a 6 foot tall chap like myself it just felt cramped to have my arms so close to one another. It is also an issue if you intend to have accessories on the handlebars such as a light and/or smartphone holder in additional to the bell.

The handlerbars also looked a tad thin and I felt that if I pushed too hard they might snap. Not inspiring. Again, I have read reviews where the Sirrus - think it might have just been the cheaper models - has a thinner bar than standard for bikes. That can make it a pain if you wish to replace the bar at some point so worth investigating to make sure first. I notice that both Specialized and Trek like to use bespoke handlebars - re thickness - on certain models which then makes it hard, and perhaps expensive, if you wish to swap out the handlebars for something wider. (Trek are currently making a big marketing thing of having vibration reducing material on the end of their handlebars - it just looks like bits of soft plastic material on either end and gives me the impression that it would wear away quickly leaving you with handlebar ends with odd cuts in the metal. Perhaps just a way to sell more handlebars?). I digress.

Like all Specialized bikes it comes with basic, nasty pedals. Saddle is not impressive either IMPO.

One reason I have been looking at the Sirrus is, well, I do like the shape of the frame. But mainly because I have been considering two options:

1. A bike which I can put extra thick tyres on to use it as a gravel bike. I notice that @76zedfour has done this. I was hoping to be able to put on 40 or 42mm tyres on as a gravel bike. I have had a good look at the Sirrus models and I suspect you could get such a big tyre on a Sirrus - some of the Sirrus X models come with 42 mm tyres as standard - but I doubt you could put a mudguard on then. I don't think there is the room.

Why I mention this is because the trend is towards more gravel type hybrids now IMPO. Lots of people want the flexibility of a gravel bike but cannot afford gravel bike prices. Thus a hybrid where you could put on thin tyres for the daily commute but be able to stick fatter tyres on at the weekend. The Orbea Vector 20 is an example of a bike with this ability and I notice, for 2020, that Giant has changed the Escape model to be able to take up to 42mm tyres despite not shipping with them. The Konda Dew now comes with fatter tyres. You might not have considered such a flexibility - or may not need it - but I think it is something to consider when you are thinking of spending such large sums on what, at the end of the day, is just a hybrid bike. Hybrids have become very expensive in recent years. Being able to put wider fatter tyres on will give you more options if the bike is capable of taking them and allow you to ride more terrain.

With the Sirrus models I get a feeling that they are playing catch-up here and that whilst you can just get away with a 42 mm tyre on them that the bike is not currently designed with enough spare room. It would not surprise me if in the next year or two that the Sirrus is slightly redesigned to be able to more adequately take fatter tyres. Just my feelings on this.

2. I have been considering building my own ebike. The Sirrus X looks like a good option for an ebike conversion - if they had more room for the fatter tyres.

Long rant. Thus the Sirrus Elite Alloy is kind of a nice bike but, IMPO, the more you look into it then the more you realise that you are not getting that much for the money. It certainly is not worth £1,000 IMPO. I don't think it is worth £700 either. I could be convinced if it was £500 rrp and then down to mid-400's with a discount. But, no, I would not pay £700 for it.

But it may be ideal for your needs? Hope this helps.
@tawse57 excellent input & well noted my friend. Thanks
@tawse57 regarding the specialized as a donor bike for an e-kit. Mine is carbon and you cant fit a crank motor to it as bottom bracket surround is too big. I looked at this alloy one from tredz but have just bought a Voodoo Agwe and the tongsheng TSDZ2. The tong is a crank drive with torque sensor. There is much to consider with crank drive conversions and the Voodoo bike has a standard 68mm bottom bracket and sufficient chainstay clearance and good chain line for the tong fit from my research. Proof will be in the pudding. Tyres are 40mm. Mech is 10 speed Deore. I get discount at Halfords. Together with a whopping 840w battery the whole bike will stand me just under a grand
Edited by: "76zedfour" 17th Apr
76zedfour17/04/2020 10:46

@tawse57 regarding the specialized as a donor bike for an e-kit. Mine is …@tawse57 regarding the specialized as a donor bike for an e-kit. Mine is carbon and you cant fit a crack motor to it as bottom bracket surround is too big. I looked at this alloy one from tredz but have just bought a Voodoo Agwe and the tongsheng TSDZ2. The tong is a crank drive with torque sensor. There is much to consider with crank drive conversions and the Voodoo bike has a standard 68mm bottom bracket and sufficient chainstay clearance and good chain line for the tong fit from my research. Proof will be in the pudding. Tyres are 40mm. Mech is 10 speed Deore. I get discount at Halfords. Together with a whopping 840w battery the whole bike will stand me just under a grand




Thanks for this.

The Sirrus models I have considered for an ebike conversion have been the mid-range aluminium frame ones. The lower-end ones comes with steel forks though and I really want aluminium - that model is £700 which is a tad too much. I also considered a Giant Roam - there were some end of season bargains last Autumn on them - but I don't want a suspension fork.

I am very interested in your Agwe as it is one of the other bikes that I have been considering, as you are doing, to stick a Tongsheng motor on it. I have been keeping an eye out on Halfords' site for a discount on the Agwe but they don't seem to discount them much. I had considered the Voodoo Marasa as that was £320 a month or so ago. But it looks heavy alongside the Agwe - I may be a complete numpty thinking that though as the Agwe and Marsara probably share the same frame and fork.

An 840w battery is going to give you lots of range. What motor are you going for? 250watt or something bigger?

Edit:

Yep, just checked. The Agwe and Marsara have the same frame specs.
Edited by: "tawse57" 17th Apr
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