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Specialized Sirrus as a CX?(4 posts)

Specialized Sirrus as a CX?lnin0
Oct 6, 2002 3:57 PM
My girlfriend is looking for a new bike to replace her MTB. She likes to do basic non technical trail riding but she has expressed interest in some moderate road rides as well. I have been looking for a CX bike for her since it would seem to be the best of both worlds. She will not be racing it, nor I doubt she will take it out when its "cold" but she probably would do a lot of road and non technical trail riding with it.

The only problem is she is 5'4" and nothing we find is small enough. I thought about ordering a SURLY but since there is no dealer in the area I don't want to get the wrong size when ordering online.

Anyway, at the LBS they have a small Specialized Sirrus on the cheap. It has break bosses with a V-brake knockoff, road geometry and 700 wheels BUT it has flat bars and mtb shift/brake pods. The rest of the drive train is Sora tripple so would you see any issues with tossing on a regular road bar and sora shifters?
re: Specialized Sirrus as a CX?BAM
Oct 6, 2002 6:35 PM
If your LBS orders from Quality Bicycle Products, they can get you a Surly. A shop does not need to be a dealer to carry Surly products. As for as the Specialized goes it could be converted and does have a short top tube for your girlfriend. If you use Sora shifters(STI) you will either have to switch to canti`s or use QBP travel agents with the vbrakes then again the vbrakes on the 2002`s were mini v`s and may work without the travel agents. That said, get a set of Avid shortys, you can`t go wrong with them. If she does plan to do some trail riding then built up a set of sturdier wheels then what comes with the Sirrus. The wheels on the 2002`s where not that great.
It'll workB123
Oct 6, 2002 9:42 PM
I started CX racing on an old converted Sirrus, worked well. Having started in MTB, your girl might prefer the flats over drops, at least for now.

If you went with Surly, you could build it spec'd exactly how you want it though.
re: Specialized Sirrus as a CX?James_M
Oct 8, 2002 11:34 AM
I have an older Specialized Crossroads Elite frame (the ones with the straight top tube) which I built up with cross parts and it works well both on and off the road. My drivetrain is mainly MTB components with the exception of the Ultegra barcon shifters. As for brakes I started out with Avid Shorty 4 cantilevers (still have them if your interested) but because the frame was not designed for them I had an issue with my leg hitting the brakes at time. I switched to some basic Avid SD3 V's with travel agents and they work very, very well.