are specialized bikes good value?

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by jas0n, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. jas0n

    jas0n Guest

    I've re-adjusted my budget for a new bike in a few months time ... upto
    and around £400'ish ...

    I quite like the look of the specialized sirrus 2005 but with added
    guards and a rack ... are they good value? its not a brand im familiar with.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5383
     
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  2. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <42127d5d$0$38038$bed64819@news.gradwell.net>, jas0n
    ('no@email.here') wrote:

    > I've re-adjusted my budget for a new bike in a few months time ...
    > upto and around £400'ish ...
    >
    > I quite like the look of the specialized sirrus 2005 but with added
    > guards and a rack ... are they good value? its not a brand im familiar
    > with.
    >
    > http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5383


    I have friends who sell Specialized, and I've seen a lot of them go out
    of the shop lately - many to other friends. I used to see them as
    middle of the road mass produced bikes, but I think the good ones are
    considerably better than that. They're a big manufacturer with a big
    range, of course, but on the whole they're good. I had a good look at a
    Sirrus recently; as flat barred road bikes go, it looks as if it should
    be pleasant to ride and has reasonable kit for the price.

    Mudguards are a pain. For winter commuting use you might look at SKS
    Race Blades, primarily because they're easy to fit and easy to take off
    for the summer.

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    simon@jasmine.org.uk (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

    ;; may contain traces of nuts, bolts or washers.
     
  3. Brian G

    Brian G Guest

    jas0n wrote:
    > I've re-adjusted my budget for a new bike in a few months time ... upto
    > and around £400'ish ...
    >
    > I quite like the look of the specialized sirrus 2005 but with added
    > guards and a rack ... are they good value? its not a brand im familiar
    > with.
    >
    > http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5383


    I have a Specialised Sirrus Elite 2004 which I'm very happy with. There
    have been one or two changes in the 2005 model range, principally a
    change to a double chainring.

    As to value, I compared it to others in brands such as Cannondale and
    reckoned it was a better deal. As ever, of course, the deciding factor
    was the feel of the bike itself.

    --
    Brian G
     
  4. LSMike

    LSMike Guest

    Brian G wrote:
    > I have a Specialised Sirrus Elite 2004 which I'm very happy with.

    There
    > have been one or two changes in the 2005 model range, principally a
    > change to a double chainring.
    >
    > As to value, I compared it to others in brands such as Cannondale and


    > reckoned it was a better deal. As ever, of course, the deciding

    factor
    > was the feel of the bike itself.
    >
    > --
    > Brian G


    LOL, I have the same bike, Brian. I really enjoy it and have had some
    good use out of it so far.
     
  5. jas0n wrote:
    > I've re-adjusted my budget for a new bike in a few months time ... upto
    > and around £400'ish ...
    >
    > I quite like the look of the specialized sirrus 2005 but with added
    > guards and a rack ... are they good value? its not a brand im familiar
    > with.
    >
    > http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5383


    I think Specialized represent good value - both my hybrid and MTB come
    from them. They do a fair range of hybrid / flatbar bikes in your price
    range, so it's worth trying them out.

    As well as the Sirrus there's also the "Crossroads" hybrid range:

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5317

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5321

    The Crossroads will take 28c tyres, but is also suitable for light-ish
    offroad with 38c tyres fitted (I've done it, I'm not just quoting the
    brochure).

    You also might still be able to get the 2004 Sirrus model for less than
    £399.

    --
    jc

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