Specialized Sirrus Bike-Full Review! Sport Elite Hybrid Road Bicycle

Specialized Sirrus Bike-Full Review! Sport Elite Hybrid Road Bicycle

[VidSitePro id=162 ]Hi I’m Liam and today I want to tell you about my specialized Sirrus bike which I just love I’m going to tell you why I chose specialized over some other brand options as well as give you a few important tips on buying your next bike so let’s get to it so this is by far the best bike I’ve ever owned and this is a specialized Sirrus sport there’s also the cirrus sport disc and various other models that are out and have come out since I got this one I’m gonna get into why I didn’t go with the disc model which has disc brakes in a moment but basically you know I’ve owned road and mountain bikes before and I really feel like this one beats them all in just total features and everything I need it is a hybrid bike and what that basically means is it’s got a little stronger rim and just a slightly wider tires if you want to take it in the dirt and it also has the you know what’s considered a sort of cross over or motocross bar compared to a road bike so that’s the big difference it’s still narrow enough tire that I feel it operates just like a road bike but it’s it’s wide enough that it’s okay in the dirt and and you know trails that aren’t too crazy let’s just put it that way so I want to get into just some of the features and reasons why I went with with best lies but one thing to note when you’re looking at brands is you know when you’re looking at bike brands you’re kind of looking mainly at the frame and the reason I say that is because many of the other features on bikes are from after market or third-party companies that just manufacture for everybody and most people know that but I just thought to point it out for example Shimano you know see the crank down here is Shimano and the shifters are Shimano and then the rims are usually made by a different company so before you to carry where’s bran just realized that on most bikes the frame is the thing that is is most tied to the brand and then the rest are just parts so that our comment on other bikes but that’s still important we’re going to get into why I chose specialize so let’s look at just some of the features that I liked that made this the choice for me so the seat the stock seat is pretty comfortable which is not always the case with with bikes so that was a nice plus right away that I noticed about specialized the big one for me with shifters and brakes so this has really nice Shimano shifters and the brakes are comfortable and the V brakes and we’re going to talk about the lack of disc brakes in a minute but see this these shifters that show the you know show the the gear changing that was important to me I know not everybody cares about that but some of the other brands I tried didn’t have that feature and same for you know same for the the larger gear let’s put the front by the crank so I like the fact that I could see what I was you know what I was doing the shifters on this bike have been absolutely fantastic I know that there by Shimano okay I know they’re not the top of the line Shimano but I will just have to tell you they may as well be okay you may as well be top of the line because they have been just fantastic this one is the Shimano Acera and I think the back one here it’s a little hard to see but I believe it’s the Alivio starts at the letter A again probably not Shimano’s best shifters but they have been fantastic they just worked like magic they shift like butter smooth I’ve got probably between 500 and a thousand miles on this bike and I have not really had to mess with the shifters except one time and that was just me being kind of a wrench turning person likes things being perfect I think one time I had to make a slight little adjustment here because the cables do stretch and it is normal for over time to do little tiny adjustments but that’s it I’ve had other bikes we’re shifting was a problem from day one and this is not the case so again really happy about that so let’s talk about brakes for a minute and why I decided to skip the disc brake option and go with the standard V brake the first reason was cost it was a considerable more amount of money so another couple hundred bucks to get into a bike with this brakes and specialized and I just didn’t see the benefit for me and I’m not taking anything away from disc brakes I know they’re awesome and I know that the pros use them and so if that works for you then that’s great but I’m just telling you that the V brakes on this bike have been absolutely fantastic I have not needed to adjust them you know sometimes you get breaks and one sides a little cockeyed and one side is always closed or never an issue easy to adjust to take the rim off it’s very easy like if you were to throw the bike in a car it’s a quick-release thing right here which I’m not going to do right now but it’s literally a five second thing and you pop it and the rim comes off just you know transport the bike but the money that I saved on disc brakes I was able to get the carbon fork the carbon fiber fork which I highly recommend this I noticed this right away when I rode the bike and test rode how the carbon fiber just gives it a smoother just a more explain it it’s more of a smoother stable ride less less bumpiness and so I figured my money was you know better spent going into a carbon fiber fork the advantages of course of disc brakes is they are better in the rain in wet environments and I don’t think you’re going to overheat them like you would on in a very extreme Hill situation on this bike I rode some of the the longest steepest hills in Orange County and only one time when I was new on the bike did I overheat the brake a little bit and it got a little spongy after that I realized okay you can’t ride the brake the whole way down on the a mile long super steep grade and so unless you’re you’re doing that a lot or you’re in the rain I think standard V brakes are gonna work for me so not taking anything away from disc brakes so anyway that’s why I went with those so just finalizing here I just wanted to tell you why I chose specialize over some other brands and then just leave you with a few tips for buying your next bike so the bottom line with specialize is I really felt like I was getting the best combination of everything from looks to operation of brakes and shifters just overall feel the bike the carbon fork and the narrower tires let’s get into the tire thing I wanted the most narrow tire I could get for it to still be a hybrid bike I just didn’t want the wider super wide tire and I did see that with some other brands giant in particular at the time I was looking giant bikes had wider tires than I wanted in a hybrid bike and just seemed more like a mountain bike to me I know these look like robe tires they are a little wider than a road tire so you can still take him in the dirt and they’re kind of worn down because I’ve got some miles on them but I’m telling you as long as you don’t go into super insane deep sand or a lot of loose gravel you’ll be fine I’ve taken this bike on many many dirt trails and I’ve been just fine up and down dirt hills and some of them rather steep I’ve also been fine I’ve never fallen once but I know my limits so a big benefit of that narrow tire of course is on the road this bike is going to just perform a million times better than a mountain bike and again that’s why I went with the narrower tire and specialized because I just wasn’t seeing it in other other brands as much of course you can in a road bike but road bikes are more and you can’t take them really in the dirt at all and as I said this for me has been the best of both worlds so the other thing you just cooking at some other brands I felt like Trek was a little more money for what I was going to get with this bike and then I already told you with giant I found like I was getting the narrower tires one other important thing the third sprocket down here is really important at least for me there are bike salesmen that will tell you you don’t need it but I’ve had mountain bikes and rode some of the most difficult hills you can imagine and I’m telling you that this third sprocket here is a lifesaver and some bikes don’t have them and they and there’s different different sizes form to so you know you don’t want a third sprocket that’s almost as big as the second sprocket I wanted a smaller one I’m telling you it just makes a big difference on hills unless you’re Lance Armstrong or you’re a triathlete you may not need it but there are some hills where I live that are so steep they’re even difficult to walk up and so I that was another thing that I wanted in a bike and a lot of bikes didn’t have that so again I captured these features with specialized the last brand I looked at besides Giant and Trek was Fuji and Fuji had some nice bikes too they were inexpensive they rode great the reason I didn’t go with Fuji is I just in area that I lived I didn’t see anybody riding Fuji and so I didn’t know why that was and so I thought since this is a major purchase for me and I’m not gonna be getting another bike like this for years I just decided to go with one of the big brands and again with everything that I’ve mentioned so far and specialized that is why I went I went with this company and I’ve been really really happy so just in Kelowna then lastly I did like the fact that specialized was designed in California so all those things together and all the features we talked about that’s why I went with specialized over the other brands lastly if I just give you a few tips before you purchase your next bike I would say number one get the absolute lightest bike you can afford and if you’re already a avid bike you know bike person and cyclists you already know that but I’m telling you even a pound or two makes a big difference I did everything from researching weights and I don’t have all that info right now in front of me but I found that this you know especially this model with the carbon fork it was a little bit lighter and you know without the disc brakes it made the difference for me and really with bike cycling a pound or two of weight is is a big difference I know that sounds crazy but if you don’t believe me try driving some of these bikes and riding them and test riding them and you’ll see the lighter bikes they’re just they just perform effortlessly under your body and especially on hills and so that’d be my first tip is get the lightest bike you can afford and my second tip would of course be the third sprocket down here which we already talked about especially if you’re in an area with hills if you don’t hit hills at all and that doesn’t matter you’ll be fine with to the next major tip I cannot emphasize enough for a new bike purchase is tire width so figure out how you’re gonna use your bike and if you’re gonna be using it all on the road then obviously narrow you’re going to be going in the dirt 10% of the time like me the road rest of time consider going still with the most narrow tire you can get sure you can get a wider tire and have a little more comfort in the dirt but I’m telling you on the road there is nothing like having this narrow road bike tire even though it’s a hybrid tire the bike is fast I routinely can pass people with no effort that are on mountain bikes and bikes with wider tires because if you do a little research you’ll find that the efficiency of the bike how fast it goes how how what’s called rolling resistance everything is down to the narrowness of this tire and and weight and so a wider tire means usually a wider rim it means more mass it means more weight and so for these reasons I went with the narrowest tire I could get and I did really just fine in the dirt and still do and I haven’t fallen and I would just recommend that highly as part of my my closing tips here and the last thing I would tell you is get a professional opinion on size of bike for your body okay for your body height and male or female get a professional opinion from a bike store don’t guess because there’s been times and I purchased bikes and I took a guess at what the frame height was going to be and there was times and I was uncomfortable with that bike purchase so a lot of bikes come in different measurements small medium large and get a professional opinion because this bike really fits me well and it’s just been great so anyway guys those are my my my breakdown on the bike I hope you don’t mind the details the reason I did go into a little detail here is I just see a lot of bike reviews where people are just saying hey this is a great bike I’m on my you know a thousand mile run or whatever 1050 miles and it’s just still a bike great bike but now I’m not going into into why it’s great so I hope you don’t mind a little longer video in just some details about the bike and what’s been great for me so if you have any questions I’d do my best to answer pop them drop them below and if you would pop us a like and subscribe if you found this helpful and again any questions let me know hope you enjoyed this thanks man see you next time.

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