As commuter bikes go, the Specilized Sirrus is a popular model. Unlock any office bike store and you are likely to see at least a few of these stored away there.
This is partially due to the excellent marketing efforts of Specilized, positioning themselves as a top-end bike manufacturer but also offering a number of competitive entry level bikes, letting everyone benefit from their cycling knowledge. The Specilized Sirrus is the flagship entry level commuter bike for the manufacturer and brings a lot to the table.
With comfort and longevity in mind, we tested the bike’s suitability when it comes to your daily commute.
The first thing we noticed about this bike was how little it weighs, which is noticeable as you hit any steep inclines. This is primarily due to the lightweight alloy and carbon frame set up. Despite this, the bike is a little sluggish and not quite as responsive compared to other commuters in the same price bracket. In all honestly, this is a teeny bit disappointing given Specilized’s reputation but if that’s not an issue for you, then great.
One welcome addition from a commuter’s point of view is the inclusion of 18-27 gears which can be used to attack any tough climbs or pick up speed during your pedal into work. The durable Shimano components used throughout also give you a sense of confidence in the structural integrity. This is especially reassuring if, like us, you are often cycling on typical British roads, which commonly throw up rough patches and pot holes.
The hydraulic disc brakes provide superior stopping power which is handy when faced with busy or dangerous roads. As well as adding to a feeling of safety and confidence when cycling in wet weather…another common challenge in the UK.
In terms of comfort, admittedly this isn’t the best commuter bike we have ever experienced. A lack of adjustability means you are in an upright position which is not always the most relaxing when undertaking a long-distance commute.
But is it any good?
Given the price of £425, this is a pretty good bike. It has some nice additions that really make certain aspects feel more luxurious than you would expect from an entry level commuter. However, for a similar price tag you could likely get a more comfortable bike.
Admittedly, this only really becomes an issue when travelling over long distances, which isn’t always the case for the average commuter. The main concerns of those cycling to work is practicality and longevity and this bike has it in spades.
So should I buy it?
Buy this bike if you want a sturdy bit of kit made by a trust worthy manufacturer which isn’t going to let you down.
If you plan on hitting any extensive distances, we would recommend spending a little extra cash to boost comfort and overall responsiveness.
Where can I buy it?
Full technical specification
Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, Fitness Geometry, fully-manipulated butted tubing, external cable routing, v-brake, QR, rack & fender mounts
Steel, v-brake, 1-1/8″ steerer, QR, rack & fender mounts
Shimano Tourney, top swing, 31.8mm clamp
Shimano Tourney TX, 7-speed
Number of Gears
Shimano EF510, EZ-Fire Plus
Shimano Tourney, 3-piece 48/38/28T
BSA, 68mm, square taper
Shimano HG200, 7-speed, 12-32t
KMC X8, 8-speed w/ Missing Link™
V-brake, linear pull
60mm, 5-degree backsweep, 25.4mm
20-degree, 25.4mm clamp
Specialized Body Geometry XCT, lock-on
700C rim brake, double wall
Alloy, loose ball bearing, QR, 32h
Alloy, 7-speed freehub, loose ball bearings, bolt type, 32h
Specialized Nimbus, 26TPI, Flak Jacket protection, 700x32mm
Specialized Canopy Sport, steel rails
Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 27.2mm