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First incoming of the year.

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Just had word from home, complete with photo of box, that an “incoming” has come in! Heading home from work early today so will post pics when it’s unboxed.
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Excited for you.

One of the benefits of working from home (mostly) is I’m usually there when the delivery arrives. Waiting for “home time” must be excruciating.
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Here are the pics of the unboxing of my incoming, which did cometh.

Ladies & gentlemen, I present to you, my new Specialised Sirrus X 2.0

I will now be able to cycle to work. At least that’s the idea.

Thought I’d try something with flat bars and a bit more suitable for commuting, rather than my two drop bar road bikes.

It’s not all about watches you know. :D

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Enjoy your bike and upcoming rides.
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Thermexman wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 1:28 am It’s not all about watches you know. :D
Well, as Dwight said, any Damasko is well recommended for legibility while you’re riding :lol:
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Nice bike, I think the chonky chocolate lab might want to join you for one or two slower rides.

I went from a 15 year old Hardrock to a carbon Diverge over lockdown and really a Sirrus X might have been better. Still not totally sure what Specialized are doing with the Sirrus Vs Sirrus X Vs Diverge flat bar. Quite a bit of overlap.
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Wow, those mudguards are long....

Congratulations, good looking bike.
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Very nice bike, congrats and enjoy. Ive been musing a flat bar for a while now and Sirrus always featured on my list. 👍
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birdfeeder wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 2:35 am Nice bike, I think the chonky chocolate lab might want to join you for one or two slower rides.

I went from a 15 year old Hardrock to a carbon Diverge over lockdown and really a Sirrus X might have been better. Still not totally sure what Specialized are doing with the Sirrus Vs Sirrus X Vs Diverge flat bar. Quite a bit of overlap.
I have a couple of road bikes but the busy route to work requires a good section of pavement riding (cycling allowed) and it really isn’t suitable for a bone shaking set of 25mm road wheel tyres! Thought the 42mm tyres on the Sirrus might take away my excuses for not riding to work. Plus, it’s worth a quarter of the value of my full carbon Trek Domane if it gets half inched at work.

You’re right about the overlapping of Specialised models. The differences are probably very subtle in reality but the advertising hype would kid you that there’s a huge chasm of opportunity between each model. I just picked one that I thought would fit best with my current usage and best compliments my current crop of bikes.

Plus, I found a 2021 model with £230 off. The only changes made to the current 2022 lineup was to some of the colour versions available. Black remained constant. I assumed that this had to be sold off as a 20221 model because it was somehow labelled as such. Nothing on the bike differentiates it from the newer model as far as I can see?
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gannet wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 10:56 am Wow, those mudguards are long....

Congratulations, good looking bike.
Yeah! They were an absolute pig to fit too! Took several hours to get them to align and not catch somewhere. I suspect they’ll be a pain to keep aligned and will probably be discarded before too long! Trouble is, they were expensive and supposedly “the ones” specifically for this bike. Clearances we’re too tight if you ask me?
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Soporsche wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 12:59 pm Very nice bike, congrats and enjoy. Ive been musing a flat bar for a while now and Sirrus always featured on my list.
Thanks. I know it’ll be a slower beast than my other bikes but for the commute to work, comfort was more important. I dare say that this will still be quicker and nicer to ride than the 30 yr old Dawes Hybrid I used to have. Now languishing in my son’s leaking shed after he borrowed it after lockdown and never returned it! It was mint when I gave it to him but I shudder to think what it looks like now. He told me it was getting rusty due to his leaky shed but at the time, we weren’t allowed to visit! I basically wrote it off. :shock:
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Very stealthy, I like it :thumbup:
Thermexman wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 1:20 pmClearances we’re too tight if you ask me?
There's a small window between "too close" and annoying to position and too "far away" where there's room for a stick to get stuck and make a lot of noise and/or hit the support and twist the guard. I'm sure this is why mountain bikers use massively wide guards nowhere near the wheel - too much effort to fit proper ones (nothing to do with mud stuck on the tyres :lol:)
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Thermexman wrote:
birdfeeder wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 2:35 am Nice bike, I think the chonky chocolate lab might want to join you for one or two slower rides.

I went from a 15 year old Hardrock to a carbon Diverge over lockdown and really a Sirrus X might have been better. Still not totally sure what Specialized are doing with the Sirrus Vs Sirrus X Vs Diverge flat bar. Quite a bit of overlap.
I have a couple of road bikes but the busy route to work requires a good section of pavement riding (cycling allowed) and it really isn’t suitable for a bone shaking set of 25mm road wheel tyres! Thought the 42mm tyres on the Sirrus might take away my excuses for not riding to work. Plus, it’s worth a quarter of the value of my full carbon Trek Domane if it gets half inched at work.

You’re right about the overlapping of Specialised models. The differences are probably very subtle in reality but the advertising hype would kid you that there’s a huge chasm of opportunity between each model. I just picked one that I thought would fit best with my current usage and best compliments my current crop of bikes.

Plus, I found a 2021 model with £230 off. The only changes made to the current 2022 lineup was to some of the colour versions available. Black remained constant. I assumed that this had to be sold off as a 20221 model because it was somehow labelled as such. Nothing on the bike differentiates it from the newer model as far as I can see?
The difference between one year is rarely enough to justify not saving the money. I have no idea why I ended up with a carbon Diverge when my BMI almost matches my age. I'm tempted by a VanMoof for local stuff or an electric Brompton to avoid the tube and just rely on the Overground but VanMoof isn't on the cycle to work scheme at work and the electric Brompton is above the cycle to work limit where I am.
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Last year I bought a Canyon Roadlite 7, which is a road bike with flat bars as I don't get on with drops.

For mudguards I bought crudcatcher Road racer 3, which are clip on for fixing... So far so good!

Ive an airnimal joey I used to use for commuting which I must get around to selling as I don't commute since covid.
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Thermexman wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 1:26 pm
Soporsche wrote: Sat Jan 07, 2023 12:59 pm Very nice bike, congrats and enjoy. Ive been musing a flat bar for a while now and Sirrus always featured on my list.
Thanks. I know it’ll be a slower beast than my other bikes but for the commute to work, comfort was more important. I dare say that this will still be quicker and nicer to ride than the 30 yr old Dawes Hybrid I used to have. Now languishing in my son’s leaking shed after he borrowed it after lockdown and never returned it! It was mint when I gave it to him but I shudder to think what it looks like now. He told me it was getting rusty due to his leaky shed but at the time, we weren’t allowed to visit! I basically wrote it off. :shock:
Shame about the Dawes Steve, I had a very old Claud Butler before they turned into a discount brand, it was heavy but rode really nicely. Only thing stolen when my garage was broken into.. Sat behind it under a sheet was my 2017 Giant Revolt 1... the GADA of bikes and much more valuable than the old CB.
I either going to convert the Giant to flat bars or buy a new flat bar... Id be interested to hear your impressions of the Sirrus after a little use!
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