Written on: 01/12/2007 by rexxumus
Good price. Light and fast. Solid components. Good looking. Upright sitting position. Stiff frame. Durable.
I like the flat bars, but they're not for everyone. The frame is stiff and strong witch makes it fast, but you'll feel every pebble in the road, as the tyres are narrow road tyres. The long crank arms make the bike faster on the road, but if the inside pedal is at its lowest point on a hard turn, the pedal may scrape the ground.
For the record, I love my 2007 Sirrus. The large diameter wheels and slender road tyres (combined with its unusually light weight), give the bike a zippy feel, as commuting on the Sirrus takes much less time as compared to my mountain bike. The solid frame/forks contribute to its nimble and precise handling, although it is a bumpy ride. I find that since most of the riders weight is distributed over the rear wheel, full rear tyre pressure reduces road friction considerably, and makes for a faster ride. The front tyre, however, can be inflated to as little as half that of the rear tyre, which reduces road vibration through the hands and arms alot. This smoothes out the otherwise stiff ride nicely. The bike is also nice enough that upgrading a few components isn't out of place either. I upgraded the Sora rear derailleur to an Ultegra 9sp unit. I didn't need the upgrade, but I'm a component junkie. The stock components should provide 2000 to 3000 miles of trouble free service, however. To this day, I still get compliments on the bike!