What hybrid should I buy - Sirrus or Crosstrail?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by PrimaryPlan, 14 Sep 2018.

  1. PrimaryPlan

    PrimaryPlan Member

    It's time to buy my first bike in 20 years and I have narrowed it down to either a specialized Sirrus or a Specialized Crosstrail, but I can't decide. My plan is to bike about as much street as gravel, but also sometimes on forest trails. It does not necessarily have to go very, very fast, but of course I want it to be fun. I'm not going to commute, but I can add that I live in a town with (too) many steep slopes and I'm 40+ if that means anything regarding the choice. What do you think are the pros / cons of Sirrus vs Crosstail? And what should I choose as a beginner when it comes to version. Is Sport enough or should I choose Elite? At the moment I'm leaning towards the Crosstrail Sport. I would really appreciate some input.

    Here are some links to the different bikes. Crosstrail Sport, Crosstrail Elite, Sirrus Sport, Sirrus Elite
     
  2. I wouldn’t go for any of those.

    Not when this is available.

    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/riverside-920-hybrid-bike-id_8405267.html
     
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  3. Without looking at it in detail I'd avoid the extra weight and complexity of suspension unless I was looking for a downhill MtB. Years ago (10+) I had the choice of Sport v Elite and I determined the extra spec of the Elite for a weight penalty wasn't worth it IMO. The difference may have changed since then though :okay:
     
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    PrimaryPlan

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  5. OP
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    PrimaryPlan

    PrimaryPlan Member

    Thanks. It's mainly the extra weight from the suspension that makes me consider the Sirrus instead, but I'm afraid I'll regret it when I'm out there on bumpy roads or the forest trail.
     
  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    If it's hilly avoid the weight of suspension as said, you won't need it for your uses I should think. I'd get a bike with a rigid carbon fork and disc brakes, don't see the benefit of the black Sirrus that justifies the cost.
    Does your local bike dealer only sell Specialized. You'll often get better bang for buck from smaller or lesser known brands as suggested.

    Go try a few out
     
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  7. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Location:
    London
    I wouldn't buy that one either. You can get a 21 speed B'Twin Hoprider 100 for £249 complete with mudguards and rack, and you haven't got the extra weight and maintenance liability of suspension forks. Hybrids don't need suspension, and nor do general purpose MTB's for that matter.
     
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  8. That’s your shout. I’d go for a lesser specced bike, with no lifetime guarantee on frame, stem and bars, that cost more as well, sounds like a great idea:okay:
     
    Last edited: 15 Sep 2018
  9. Righto:okay: I can see why you’d want a massively inferior specced bike as well.
     
  10. OP
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    PrimaryPlan

    PrimaryPlan Member

    I hope that you're right about the suspension because it's tempting to choose one without it. But the 21 speed B'Twin Hoprider 100 seems a little bit heavy.
     
  11. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    Location:
    Leytonstone
    Don’t go for the Crossrail it will cost more than the builder told you and arrive 9 months late ....
     
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  12. Smudge

    Smudge Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Personally i would go Sirrus Sport, which is obviously better for road and perfectly fine for gravel and canal paths..... Will probably be ok for forest trails as well, but if it isn't, you could go wider tyres or just buy a cheap front sus bike, as a second bike for those uses.
    But i seems that the vast majority of the time, the rigid fork of the Sirrus will be the best for you.
     
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  13. alicat

    alicat Guru

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    Bumpy roads don't require suspension forks. Forest trails only do if getting quite technical. You would be surprised what you can manage if you move with the bike a little.
     
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    PrimaryPlan

    PrimaryPlan Member

    Ok, thanks. Sounds like I should choose the Sirrus Sport if I don't find something in another brand. The local dealer do have other brands but they are all in the same price range when comparing components, and so far I do like the Specialized the most. And I really prefer buying from the local dealer instead of buying online.
     
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  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Ask them to let you have a decent testride
     
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