One year with my 2012 Specialized Sirrus Limited

My Bike! :)

My Bike! 🙂

Well, it’s been about a year and 3000 miles later that I have been using my 2012 Specialized Sirrus Limited. For those that don’t know, this is a carbon bike in a hybrid format (flat bar). It is also my first carbon bike and so far I love it. I have not made any changes to the components other that the pedals. Oh, yes I also changed out the tires to Maxxis Re-Fuse within two weeks after getting the bike. OK, one more change is in the Saddle. I now use the ISM Adamo saddle. Other than that, everything else is stock. Oh, shoot, just read the article and find out!

I’m not going to bore you with component specs (I’ll bore you some other way) as I’m not a component junkie as many cyclist are. If you are interested, go to Specialized website and check it out. The link is to their archives for that bike. I think the 2013 model is pretty much the same. Not sure about that though, you will need to take a look and see for yourself. The Specialized website says this about the frame:

Specialized FACT 8r carbon, FACT IS construction, compact race design w/ Zertz inserts, 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ head tube, threaded BB

What ever that means. I just like it.

Initially I was hesitant in getting a carbon frame bike because of my size and weight, but after watching some videos of a guy rock hopping on his carbon road bike, I figure to give it a try. So far so good! I’ve lost some weight since getting it and I’m no longer concerned about it.

Compared to its siblings (Sirrus Elite that I upgraded from), the ride is very smooth especially on chip seal roads that are in abundance down here. I haven’t ridden other carbon bikes to compare it to mine, but I can say it’s NOT a bone jarring, teeth rattling experience on those roads.

It is a flat bar bike and to most hard-core cyclists don’t like it. They want the drops so they can drop down into that aerodynamic position in hopes breaking land speed records. Just kidding guys and gals! I know speed is a big thrill factor for many cyclists and that’s their thing, but not mine. Sure I like to go fast and many times I’m clicking away at 18-19 mph and I’m happy with that. Occasionally I’ll push it to 22-23 mph with a good tail wind!

My primary reason in getting this bike is for exercising and building strength and endurance for long rides. It’s also fun just to bike around town on too. I rarely do any club rides and I got tired of using the drop bars, so this time I wanted a bike with a little more upright profile and this bike provides that. I can take it easy on neighborhood rides to fast and nimble on busy city streets or long and hard on long quiet country roads.

handlebar scrapeI take my bike every where I can, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi are some of the places I’ve ridden at. I even had a small wipe out on one of the Ciclistas Urbanos weekend rides. After inspecting the bike, the handlebar extender grip was roughed up a little bit. Other than that, the bike was fine.

There are no eyelets for any racks and a clamp on post rack is not recommended. That means a backpack if I want to carry anything of significance. That’s fine. I still got my other bike to handle that chore if the need arises.

After one year of use, I had all the cabling readjusted to eliminate cable stretch plus the chain also needed to be replaced too. Who knew that the chain will stretch that much in one year! I let the LBS take care of that chore.

Me being a bigger and heavier guy, I thought I would have wheel problems, but in reality I didn’t. Never had a spoke break on me and wheels stayed true for the most part. I think I had the rear wheel trued only twice in the year that I’ve had the bike. That’s about on par with my older bike, so I’m pleased with it.

Brakes and shifting has been solid. I like the solid click the shifter make going to a harder gear. Shifting back to easier gears has a spongy feel to it, but I got used to it quickly. Although, I sometimes overshoot gears while dropping down, but it’s at a minimal.

The saddle that came with it was also pretty good. It’s a stock Specialized Body Geometry Targa Comp saddle that I went several thousand miles on it before I switched it out for the current ISM Adamo saddle. I don’t for see me changing it out anytime soon.

I added a Topeak BarXtender to the handlebar to carry my lights and a camera if the mood strikes me. It’s easier to do it that way and not directly on the handle bar. It seems kind of crowded on the handle bar plus it is thicker in the middle, then tapers off outwards and that makes it difficult to mount gear on it. I like this set up better as the T-Bar can be positioned as needed.

The bike is pretty much maintenance free. I do the chain and cassette cleaning as well as the bike wash and that is really all that has been needed.Trouble free is what I like.

As far as I know of, there are only two other cyclists that have bought the same model that I have and I’m not sure if they even live in the area. They may live in Mexico, but I’m not sure. I was the first one to buy it at the Bicycle World in McAllen and I’ve been told that they have sold two others since then.

To sum things up, the 2012 Specialized Sirrus Limited hybrid bike has been a great buy for me and I would recommend it to others. It’s durable, lite, fun to ride, and many of my friends like the interleave look of the frame. Not to mention that it’s a smooth ride!

If others have bought the same bike drop me a line, I’d like to hear your thoughts about the bike.

66 thoughts on “One year with my 2012 Specialized Sirrus Limited

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  2. I like the setup of your bike. It fits your riding goals and style. I wonder how much the Zertz inserts absorb the chip seal vibrations. In the Houston area we have concrete and asphalt but sometimes TXDot goes crazy and overcoats a nice FM road with chip seal. I ride a carbon frame bike (Motobecane) and it absorbs most road vibrations but chip seal is still a problem.
    Keep riding.
    Rick Ankrum
    Texas Bicycling News, Events, Experiences

    • I wonder about them Zertz myself. Is it a gimmick or does it really work? With nothing to compare it to I really can’t say for sure. They did carry that feature to the 2013 model. Seems like half of their road bikes also have the Zerts inserts.

      Yes, TXDot does the Chip Seal work on the FM roads as it is much cheaper to extend the life of the road and provide good traction for cars. It sure does make a bumpy ride though! My Solution, pedal faster and get off of it sooner! 🙂

      Enjoy the weather Rick!

  3. Greetings to you sir!

    I enjoyed reading this entry.

    I just bought a 2013 Specialized Sirrus Limited (today actually) and am excited to start riding!

      • How tall are you? What size 2013 Specialized Sirrus Limited do you ride?

        I’m about 5′ 10″ and was on a 54, but just returned it for a 56… feels much better to me. Very curious about what you ride.

          • O neat! I thought the 54 was almost-perfect for me… couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Randomly switched bikes with a friend and that’s where I started considering perhaps my bike was too small for me. My bike shop didn’t have a 56… however I tested out a similar bike and found it to be the missing piece that would take the bike from almost-perfect to perfect for me. Waiting for the 56 to arrive.

            I’m not familiar with “stem.” I’m pretty much a newbie to the biking-world. On your 54 you mentioned you had to get a longer “stem?” What does that mean?

          • No problem. I’ll be glad to explain. The “stem” is the part where the handlebar mounts to. The come in different lengths and angles. This makes it easier to “fit” the bike to your body. The angle raises or lowers the handlebar to your liking.

            Your bike shop should have several different stems to help make the proper adjustment. I wanted a more upright sitting position so I asked for a high angle stem and adjusted the stem shim even further to get what I wanted.

            Hope this helps. Feel free to drop a line with any further questions.

  4. I got a message from a person called Buddy. I tried to reply to his question but his email bounced, so I’ll post his message here and reply to it:

    I am considering a Sirrus Limited but have some concern about the gearing. I currently have a Sirrus Sport that has a triple crank in front while the Limited has only a double. I’ve had both knees replaced and cannot, under any circumstances, stand and peddle. I have to stay in the saddle so, naturally, I have concerns about gearing. Have you had any experience comparing your Limited to a bike with a triple crank in front? Thanks.

    Hi Buddy

    I don’t stand and pedal either. I’m strictly in saddle kind of cyclist. Hmm triple verses a dual crank. I looked at the specs for the n they have similar middle n outer rings.

    Which chainring do you do most of your riding?if its the middle and outer then yes I would go for the Limited. If mist of your riding is in the smallest chain ring then I wouldn’t. I would see if I can use at least the middle ring on a consistent basis before going for the Limited.

    Have you test ridden the Limited? A lighter bike may make it easier on you. Not sure though.

    Hope this helps!

    • Hi Ray and Buddy,
      I currently have a Giant CRX1 flat-bar road-bike (mainly aluminium frame) with the same chain-ring setup as the Sirrus Limited, but with an 11-28 cassette. The SL, with its 11-32 cassette and a carbon frame, will allow you to ride up just about anything without ever needing to get out of the saddle.
      Also, having just two chainrings, rather than three, you’ll find that your gear changes, plus your overall riding, will be more enjoyable. I was so glad to go from 3×8 and 3×9 setups to 2×10 on both my flat bar and my road bike.
      Finally, yes the Zertz inserts work – my brother has them on his road bike and he raves about them.

      • Hi Greg

        Thanks for the feedback, great information on the chain-rings and the zertz inserts. It really is a good bike to get. Either stick with the saddle that it comes with or put on your favorite and ride.

  5. How have you setup the adamo? I followed the instructions provided by ISM to run the rails level to the ground (and about 2-3cm further back) but this really didn’t work for me on my road bike. Interested to know if you have done anything different.

    • Hey Clint,

      I really didn’t do anything special with it. I just installed, road around to get the feel for it and readjusted as necessary. Remember that you are suppose to ride on the nose so it might feel uncomfortable at first but you get used to it. I got lucky in that I didn’t have to fiddle with the position all that much. I’ve heard that other cyclist constantly adjusted the saddle until they find that sweet spot. I personally tend to use the whole saddle and not just the nose. On a more relaxed ride I slide back (as well when I’m climbing) and when I’m zipping along at a good pace I slide forward on the nose like you are suppose to be all the time. I know that it’s probably not good technique but it works for me.

  6. I just ordered one today and will get it on Monday from my LBS. It’s the 2013 Sirrus Limited. I will ask my LBS to cut a few millimeters off the seat post because I am a short man. I ride Women’s specific bicycles to accommodate my short stature. But with the Sirrus Limited, I made an exception. I will let you know once I get the bicycle. Oh and this is my first carbon frame bicycle as well.

    • Hey Paul,

      I do believe you are going to like the bike. I haven’t run across anyone that hasn’t. Can’t wait to hear from you when you get it. Ride out to a chip seal road and really test it.

  7. Hi
    I finally have my 2013 Specialized Sirrus Limited. I am just speechless. I am not a bicycle expert, I barely know what the difference is between using a Shimano and an SRAM branded component, but I’ve experienced riding steels and aluminums. The Sirrus Limited is my first ever carbon frame bicycle.

    First time I took the Sirrus Ltd for a ride at our local bicycle lanes here, I knew it was going to be a good ride. Just going up hill, I didn’t even switch gears. Normally, the first uphill road climb on our bicycle lane required me to switch gears riding on an aluminum flat bar Specialized Vita. But with the Specialized Ltd, I didn’t even switch gears going up the hill. Yes there was still that bit of effort but not as heavy as my Vita. The ride was very stable, smooth, and yes it’s stiff and that’s what I want. The bicycle felt very solid. The Sirrus Ltd is FAST…very fast.

    Surprisingly, I didn’t have any numbing on my hands. I always have numbing problems with my hands whenever I ride. With the SIrrus Ltd, I was surprised my hands felt fine after an hour of riding. I think it has to do with the Body Geometry handlebar grips. It just felt right.

    The only little gripe I have are the handlebar extenders(?) attached to the sides of the handlebars.I couldn’t fit two bicycles on my Yakima 2-bicycle rack anymore. Usually, I have the handlebars going through the spokes of each bicycle when loading it on my hitch mount. Now, I can’t fit the Sirrus Ltd handlebar through the other bicycle’s spokes. I may have to get a 4-bicycle Yakima hitch mount.

    Other than that, the Sirrus Ltd is one fantastic bicycle. I’m sorry if I have not gone into the details of the mechanisms. I am not a bicycle expert. For me, if the bicycle runs well, brakes well, and feels good on my bottom, then it’s a good bicycle. I love the Sirrus Limited. Everything about it feels right.

    • Hey Paul

      That’s great news to hear! Really glad you are liking the bike. I still have numbness problems for me but I just got to rotate my hand position more often, maintain good posture and work on core exercises. Other than that, I haven’t had any significant problems with the bike.

      Just what is the difference between Shimaano and SRAM components?

  8. Hi Ray–

    I’ve enjoyed reading through your comments and just purchased “your” bike. This is my retirement gift to myself, and I’d better like it–a lot–or I’ll never hear the end of it from my better half, who’s six years younger, easily 100 lbs lighter, and much faster on her bike I gather she’s appalled at my expenditure even if she’s trying to take it in stride. We ride a bike trail here in Cincinnati, so I’m hoping my new carbon ride gives me a bit more pop than my aging Fuji Hybrid. We average about 100-120 miles per week, and without me along it would be twice that, I suppose. I’ve only done a few short test runs, but plan to take it out this weekend for the big test. I even added Shimano clipless pedals and bought riding shoes, hoping that also rockets me past my world record 15 mph on average. I’m certainly tired of the young guns blowing by me with disdain. Oh, well. That won’t change, but I’m hoping I feel a bit better about my bike and continue to lose some weight in the process. Here’s hoping my back holds up!

    • Hi Phil,

      You made a big investment and I feel you will not be disappointed. From what I gather you are trying to loose weight, is that correct? Keep up the miles and track what you eat. Two things that I recommend, Intervals training and Different tires. Interval regimen for weight loss, strength, speed and endurance conditioning. Tires for your needs. Mavis Re-Fuse are long lasting training tires that are very puncture resistant but has a high rolling resistance. Or for speed then the Continental 4000s will do the trick. Either way, enjoy the bike. Drop me a note and let me know how you like it.

      • Hi Ray–

        An update after my first outing….

        We have some unusually cool and dry weather here in Cincinnati, so I got the new bike out this morning for my first real ride of just over 20 miles. Wow. By comparison, I’ve been riding an old clunker. We have a long climb of about 2 miles and I purposefully fell back from my wife to see if I could run back to her with any improvement. The gearing is so much better than what I’m used to, so I was able to catch back up easily with a nice sprint. I’m not sure if it’s all in my head or not, but the Sirrus seems like it loves a good climb.

        It feels like a V-8 with some serious torque.

        I’ve made one other big change that probably factors in–Specialized bike shoes and Shimano A550 pedals. I’ve never been clipped in before, and I have to say that alone makes a huge difference.

        I’ll certainly take your advice on tires. I’ve been riding Continental Gatorskins and may stick with those since I’ve never had a flat with them yet.

        I do feel a bit bent over, so I may look into the longer stem you mention. So many new things are coming at me that I’m not sure about that yet. I’m still trying to figure out optimal seat height and distance to the new bars.

        I’m 6’3″ and 250, so I worry about the bike’s limits, but I’m on a good diet and intend to lose another 20 lbs. At 61 I have no illusions about much of anything anymore except enjoying the scenery and trying to keep up a good pace, throwing in some short bursts along the way to improve fitness.

        Although I hadn’t counted on this, my wife now wants the Ruby carbon from Specialized. She rode it this weekend and fell in love with it immediately.

        There goes any advantage I thought I might gain on her.

        Thanks again. You helped me make a great decision on a terrific bike!

        Oh, and every time I go to lift the bike onto our carrier, I just marvel at its weight. It’s really something to be riding a bike as light as a one stamp letter. My father was the lead weight engineer for the SR-71 years ago at Lockheed. I wish he were still here to check this bike out.

        I think he’d be amazed by its weight and strength characteristics.



        • Hi Phil,

          I’m really happy you like the bike! I think it’s a very under-rated bike simply because it has a flat bar.

          Getting clipless pedals and shoes is a great investment too. I had the Specialized Tahoe Mountain-bike shoes and just recently switched to the Specialized Sport Mountain-bike shoe. Lighter, stiffer and velcro. No more double knots and hope the shoe lace doesn’t catch on the chain an gear.

          Don’t worry about the weight, I started at 270+ and I’m down to 239 lbs and still dropping. I never had a weight related issue with the bike. You’re wife is not going to be happy until she gets that Ruby bike, so you might as well get it. Competition is good!

          Enjoy the bike and keep them wheels spinning.


  9. ok, ray me encuentro en mexico, tengo una karbobike carbon con triple tiagra, con manillar de doble altura es una bike de ruta con manillar de mtb, y buscando encontre las respuesta para lo que me voy a comprar ahora sirrus limited tengo 60 años y recorro 150 kms por semana espero seamos amigos y comentarte como me va con la sirrus limited gracias y hasta luego.

  10. Hi there, Ive put about 70 miles on my new 2013 specialized limited and just love every aspect of it. Fast as heck, great hill climber. I’m 5’7 and am on a 56cm. I know sounds too big but I like a more stretched feeling. I also replaced the stem with a 100mm and slammed it down so Im even more leaned over. I find the bike fits good this way. My 54cm Fuji Altamira carbon race bike has even more reach. Truthfully, I think im faster on the Limited, with far less fatigue. I like the Limited so much so, that I came upon a 2011 Specialized sirrus pro carbon 52cm on craigslist and bought it. Perfect shape, low miles. Same frame. I sit much more upright on this one. Clipless peadals on em all. You do know these frames are the same as the Specialized Roubaix right. Anyways, these bikes are fantastic! I like how I can switch up bikes to get a different feel when I want.

    • Hey Thomas,

      Yes, I found out that the frame has the same geometry as the Roubaix. In fact I just bought a Roubaix last week! The Sirrus is a 54 and the Roubaix is a 56. I wish there was a easy way to switch out handlebars with some sort of brake and derailure coupling mechanism.

      • Ray! That’s awesome. I have the same plan to buy a roubaix. I don’t have a quick solution for bar changeout, tho i did convert my felt tt bike to a drop bar. It was really easy. You will like changing up rides from flar bar to drop bar when you feel. Riding three hoods feels good to me, tho my hands will get numb on 25 plus mile rides.

        • Yes, I think it would be a great invention to be able to swap out handlebars easily. I’m learning to ride on the hoods and my body will have to adjust. I get the same problem with the longer rides on either bike. I think conditioning will help.

      • Hi Ray,

        I am Pavlos from Greece. I have a sirrus limited 2013 size 56. I am near 5’10” (177cm). The Bike is great. I have second thoughts concerning my riding style. I like the road approach. I am thinking to replace the flat bar with a drop bar. The guy in BG Fit (Body Geometry Fit) suggests a bike (roubaix or tarmac) size 54 due to extra length of the hoods. I am confused. What is your experience on riding a 56 size roubaix?

        Kind Regards,


        • Hi Pavlos,

          Well two thoughts. If switching from flat bar to drop bar were you not also going to change the shifters and brakes to the road bike type? If you go this route then you can choose the type of shifters/hoods you want provided they are compatible with the derailleurs. Bingo bango you got a Roubaix!

          Two, I went up in size when going from Sirrus to Roubaix only because of the saddle height. On the Sirrus, my saddle height would put me at the max extension line (it was lower but after my bike fit it was raised to 78 cm) for the seat post while the larger Roubaix wouldn’t. Other than that, I love ride the Roubaix. In fact both bikes are comfortable to ride on but for longer distances I use the Roubaix because of the different hand positions.

          Hope this answers your question.

  11. Hi Ray,

    Just wanna say thank you and I’m SO glad I came upon your website!! It has a nice touch and “feel”. Any way, here’s my story: I just bought the Specialized Vita Pro the other day…went out for a 20mi ride and discovered these handlebars and my riding position need major tweaking! What a way to find out! My hands were numb about 3miles into the ride but that’s also because I have carpal tunnel issues. The bike is a great bike but like yourself, I want a bit more upright position. I was very upset thinking I may have to trade this bike in for something more comfortable. Through searching the web I came across your blog and the post you wrote about changing the stem for a high angle stem! You’ve given me hope and now I cant wait to go back to the bike shop and tell them that I need a “high angle stem”. I’ll come back to your blog and let you know how things worked out at the bike shop. Your post has been a tremendous help to me, so thank you so much!!

    Happy riding!

    • Hello Anni,

      Yes, the stem can be adjusted depending on your needs or bike “fit”. Not only are there different stem angles but depending on the model of the bike, there is also an angle shim to further adjust the position. Best bet is to get Fitted for the bike. That will take account the saddle height, saddle position front/back, type of stem and the shoe cleats (if you have them). It may take several trips to the shop to get it all tweaked out. Good luck! Would love to hear the results.

      Thanks on the feedback on my sight. 🙂

  12. Hola Ray

    Disfrute mucho leyendo tu experiencia y comentarios acerca de la bicicleta. Estoy a punto de comprarme una nueva bici, hasta ahora solo he tenido montañeras, la que tengo actualmente es una Cannondale Scalpe 29 carbón, ahora quiero comprarme una bici de carretera y estoy indeciso entre la Sirrus Limited y la Roubaix SL4 Expert Compact, mido 6’2″(190cm) y peso 190 libras (86 kilos). Mi principal objetivo es mantenerme en forma, pienso recorrer diariamente unas 20 millas (32km), lo que me preocupa de la Roubaix es la posición de manejo, mi espalda y cuello me pueden molestar, cual seria tu recomendación? talla 56 o 58?

    De antemano muchas gracias por la orientación.

    Saludos desde Cuidad de Panamá.

    José María.

    • Hola Jose

      Estás de suerte. El Sirrus es un Roubaix con un manillar plana. Sí, es el mismo marco. Ambas bicicletas son divertidos de conducir. El Sirrus es más estable con la barra plana de ancho y es excelente para hacer ejercicio. Tengo dos bicicletas y utilizo los Sirrus de la ciudad en bicicleta y la Roubaix para el ciclismo de larga distancia.

      No puedo decir lo que el tamaño de conseguir, pero yo recomiendo conseguir un ajuste de la bicicleta. Mi altura del asiento es de 78 cm y en mis 54 Sirrus cm estoy a la altura máxima de sillín. On my 56 cm Roubaix, estoy bien con el margen de seguridad para la altura del poste del asiento. Conseguir el ajuste de la bicicleta le dará una mejor oportunidad de ser cómodo en la bicicleta 🙂

        • Hello Jose,

          Both bikes are comfortable, I do not have any neck or back problems riding the Roubaix nor the Sirrus. The main problem I was having with the Sirrus is on long rides, my hands would go numb. There is not a lot of hand variation with the flat bar. On the Roubaix, I was having back problems, but after switching to a shorter handlebar stem the problem went away. Right now I’m doing 30-mile rides on the Roubaix and I’m working up to 60 miles. Both bikes are comfortable to ride since they are the same frame, all carbon.



          • Yes, I just saw the new models that came out. More bikes to choose from but more expensive too!

            You can go fast on either bike if you have good tires. I did a 20-mile ride with a small group of cyclists and we averaged 19.5 mph and I was on my Sirrus 🙂 I just switched tires from Maxxis Re-Fuse training tires to Continental 4000S race type tires and wanted to see how I would do with club riders. I did pretty good!

            For pedals, I use Crank Brothers Candy’s and mountain bike shoes. I like those because I can walk normally on them (just like regular shoes).

  13. Hey Ray, my story is like yours. Bought a 2012 model and rode it 3,000 miles. I have not replaced the chain yet and the bike shifts perfectly. I have never adjusted one thing on the bike, not one tweak. The bike still rides like the day I bought it. I can hear the chain and gears are just a bit louder,not much though. I am sure that the chain has stretched. I have replaced the back tire three times and the front one is the original one. For me I am a believer in the bike. I find the seat very comfortable and I have added nothing to the bike. So about as perfect as you can get. Gearing is very good and the bike is fast. I usually can ride with a average speed between 14 and 18 miles an hour and ride between 20 and 25 with no wind or a tail wind, depending on the terrain. There are some big hills here where I ride in Ohio. I would buy it again.


    • Hi Gary,

      Yes, the Sirrus is a wonderful piece of machinery. Very fun to ride! I have a Roubaix and it is the exact same frame and love that bike for long rides. I like riding the Sirrus in the city or around town.

      I compared the two bikes on a chip seal road and the Sirrus edged out the Roubaix on smoothness. Highly recommend either bike to anyone.

      Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  14. Ray: I bought my Sirrus Limited 2013 about two weeks ago and logged in bout 110 miles on it. I have a 30-miler in NJ this coming weekend. I am having second thoughts as most of my friends have drop bars and regretting that I didnt grab the Roubaix instead. I already have a fixie track bike with bull horns and went with the Sirrus as I had back issues using a drop in the past. My friends tell me that i can swap the flat bar on my Sirrus with a drop bar but don’t i need to change the gears and shifters to accommodate that setup? Thanks in advance.

    • You said that you have logged 110 miles on it, how does it feel? Are you comfortable, does your hands go numb? Does your back ache? The Sirrus is a great city bike, exercising and for the 25-30 mile charity events. You can go slow or fast, do intervals and get in better shape. The only reason I bought a Roubaix was for the longer rides that I wanted to do. The curved bar types gives me more variety of hand positions to choose from. It just depends on your goals. I wouldn’t worry about what others have and focus on your objectives and goals. I changed the tires on the Sirrus from training type to racing tires and went on a 20-mile charity event ride. I stayed with the lead pack doing an average of 20 mph on the Sirrus while others had straight road bikes.

      You can switch handlebar, but you will also need to switch shifters and breaks. You may also have to switch the derailures too. Best thing to do is check with your bike shop.
      I think how it feels on the road and that you are able to do the 30-mile rides without breaking your back is more important than what other cyclist are riding. The Sirrus Limited is a Roubaix with a flat-bar.

      Hope this helps.

  15. Hi Ray,

    Thank you for all your post and it gave me a lot of information. She had a canpndale quick 4 (27#) with carbon fork but I think the bike is too heavy for her I would like to buy a bike for my wife and she weight less than 85 lb. do you think specialized vita will fit for her.



    • Hi Alan,

      The Sirrus Vita is an Aluminum bike that is nice and light that is designed for women. Best thing to do is take a test ride of the bike and be sure to test one that is the right frame size for her. They are popular bikes for commuting and social rides.

      Test several bikes on the same trip to the bike store and compare each one to see if she can handle the bike or not.

      Post back with details of what you got for your wife.

  16. Hola Ray,

    Estoy pensando en comprarme la sirrus limited 2013, y tengo algunas dudas. La primera es en cuanto a la talla, mido 1,87 cm y peso 86 kg, pienso que la 58 es la que me puede ir bien pero tengo miedo que me quede pequeña y donde vivo no la tienen para probarla. Mi otra pregunta es si sabes el peso de la bicicleta, ya que no lo he encontrado por ningún sitio, supongo que tiene que estar entorno a los 9 kg.

    Gracias por la ayuda de antemano y recibe un saludo cordial.


    • Hello Ismael,

      I think you meant 1.87 meters and not 1.87 cm lol You are a tall person but don’t let that discourage you. You can have a long torso with shorter legs or longer legs and shorter torso. The best thing you can do is get a bike fit to get the correct saddle height. As long as the saddle height doesn’t go past the Maximum seat post height you will be ok. The only way to be sure is to get a bike fit.

      The bike itself weights about 20 lbs depending on what pedals you use. It’s light and fast.

  17. Hi, I just bought mine (used) and haven’t ride it yet, I need to get a clip on cycling shoes as the previous owner changed the pedal to those with clips. Looking forward to a good ride soon.

    The weight of this bike is really nice as compared to my MTB which weights ard 13.8kg.. the sirrus limited is only 2/3 of that weight !

      • 2012 Sirrus Limited… previous owner took care of it very well… only some minor damage to the handle bar end & rust on brakes/screws… but other wise its almost perfect.

        Got myself the clipless shoes (SPD) but having some worries of not able to unlock myself from these pedals, hahaa.

        • Oh those SPD’s need to be adjusted so that you can clip in and out easily. I remember my first pair and it felt like I had to break my ankle to unclip. Once I relaxed the tension screw I was able to tweak it just right.

          • Just picked a 13 Sirrus Limited yesterday. Took me one week to decide whether to get the 13 Limited or one of the 14 Sirrus Carbons out. I took the 13 model because its lighter than the 14s. Specialized added hydro brakes to all their Carbon Sirrus bikes and I have no need or desire for them, V brakes stop me just fine for this non racer. I love high compact and light it feels.

          • I did not know that the 14’s have disc brakes. Not knowing how to maintain them would also give me hesitation on buying it. Maybe the wave of the future so might as well get used to it.

            You will love the bike. I plan to put panniers on it soon.

    • Yes I do. I have some Continental 4000s tires on them. 28’s are kind of wide and you may have trouble taking off and on the tire. They will probably rub against the brake pads. You will have a comfy ride though 🙂

  18. Hi Ray,

    This is a great thread. How did you put panniers on it? This is my big hesitation – since its a carbon frame, there’s no rack mounts. I’d like to use it for commuting, and I’d need a rack to carry lunch and shoes, etc. I though about a post mounted rack, but I think they discourage that as well. Thoughts?


    • Hi Oliver,

      I haven’t put on panniers yet, but I do plan on it. I found a place that makes them and fits the Roubaix frame. Take a look at His kits are attached the the hub mounting and bears the weight there, a new longer skewer is also provided with the kit. The connection to the frame is only to steady they rack and doesn’t bear any weight.

      What do you think? I agree with not using the post mount types unless you change out the post to a the standard non carbon version.

  19. I sold my 13 Sirrus LTD because I strayed and wanted to try other bike models. Well $$$ mistake. Nothing felt as natural and good so I went and bought a 14 Sirrus Expert Disc just last week. I am telling you there is something about Carbon Sirrus that have this go get them feel to it.
    Trek FX bike don’t have it nor do the Cannondale Quicks. Giant Escape are just weird geometries.
    The 13 Sirrus LTD feel more nimble than my bike while my 14 Sirrus Expert feels more solid perhaps due to the new SL4 Frame on it.

    • It’s good that you tried several different bikes, it just reenforces what you already know … the Sirrus is a great bike!

      I’ve never had a bike with disc brakes before. Is there any issue with taking the wheel off to fix a flat?

  20. No issues at all taking the wheel off. It stops better than v brakes period. Only downside is its maybe 1 pound heavier than v brakes and louder with a sandy rubbing sound.

  21. Hi Ray, you have got nice site.

    I just get the 2014 sirrus sl4 limited edition number 168;300 from my friend U$1300 its was brand new. 100 km used. Its Shimano ultegra Di2 6770. Very happy with that… I just would like to change the to drop bars. Maybe in a few days. Dealer told me that I will need to buy a pair of ultegra STi di2 6770 and drop bar. Have you heard about this model? I think they has changed the frame from 8k to 10k roubaix frame but I’m not sure…

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