Specialized Sirrus Review

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Specialized Sirrus Review

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Flat handlebars


The Sirrus models are considered some of the best fitness-hybrid bicycles on the market, especially for the price.

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Most riders want a bicycle they can ride anywhere, whether in the city or on the road. The makers of the Specialized brand have produced a fitness-hybrid bike to answer the typical riders’ needs by producing the Sirrus line of bikes.

The Sirrus bikes are some of the best road bikes on the market for working out or riding in the city to commute to work or for a weekend trip to the farmer’s market. These bikes are available in 16 models for men and women, with the choice of carbon, alloy, or aluminum frames, depending on the model.

Specialized Sirrus Models

The Sirrus men’s bikes include the:

  • Pro Carbon
  • Expert Carbon
  • Elite Carbon
  • Elite Alloy
  • Sport
  • Disc
  • V-Brake

The women’s models include the:

  • Expert Carbon
  • Elite Carbon
  • Elite Alloy
  • Sport Disc
  • Disc
  • V-Brake
  • Sport Step-Through
  • Disc Step-Through
  • Elite Alloy Step-Through
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Frame Size

The Specialized FACT 9r carbon frame is on the:

  • Pro Carbon
  • Expert Carbon for both men and women.
  • Elite Carbon for both men and women.

The Specialized A1 SL Premium Aluminum frame is used on the other men’s and women’s models, except for the V-Brake models, which has a A1 Premium Aluminum frame.

The Sirrus models come in sizes extra-extra-long, long, medium, short and extra-short.

The sizes translate to:

  • XXL- The extra-extra-long frames are suited for riders 6’4” to 6’6” and who weigh 193 to 198. Of the Sirrus models, only the men’s Elite Carbon and Sport are available in this size.
  • XL – The x-large frames are best for riders who are between 6’0’’ to 6’4” and weigh 183 to 193 pounds.
  • L – The large size frames fit riders who are 5’9” to 6’0” and who weigh 173 to 185 lbs.
  • M – The medium Sirrus frames fit riders who are between 5’5” and 5’9” and weigh 165 to 175 lbs.
  • S – The short frames are for riders who are between 5’2” and 5’5” and who weigh 158 to 165 lbs.
  • XS – The extra-short frame fits riders from 5’0 to 5’2” and who weigh approximately 152 to 158. Only the women’s Elite Alloy, Sport Disc, Disc, and V-Brake are available in this size.

The riders' weight is based on the average man’s weight, which you can disregard for women.

Brake Types

The TRP Flow Set Control brakes are available on all models except for the men’s and women’s Disc bikes, which have the Promax F1 brakes, the Sport models that use the Tektro HD-R310, and the V-brake models that have the V-brake, linear pull brakes.

Specialized Sirrus Breaks Types
Specialized Sirrus Gears Shifters


The microSHIFT Flow Set Control shifter are on most models except for the men’s and women’s Disc models, which use the Shimano Altus RapidFire Plus, the Sport models that have the microSHIFT brakes, and the V-Brake models that use the Shimano EF510 EZ-RapidFire Plus.


The Sirrus models use 700C Disc rims for all their models except the V-Brake, which has the 700C Rim brakes.


Most of the models come with the Specialized Espoir Sport Reflect tires, but the Sport and Disc models have the Specialized Nimbus Reflect tires and the V-brake models come with the Specialized Nimbus.

Price Range

This is Specialized's entry level bike, prices start as low as $450, with the sport versions going for a bit under $1000. 

What We Like

The Sirrus models are touted as fitness-hybrid bikes so that riders can take them on the road, as well as commute in the city. The tall stem allows the rider to be upright, in a more comfortable position. It makes their bikes good for introducing people to the sport. To see the best budget hybrid bike visit here.

The frames are lightweight, which means less fatigue for the rider when they go on long rides. The tires are thick so that they can take some abuse on city streets. The fitness geometry of these bikes and the flat handlebars helps make it more responsive, which is important in the city.

The more expensive models do better on the road because of the lightweight carbon frames and the racing gears. The price range for the bikes, $450 to $1500 ensures that there is a Sirrus bike for every serious rider, whether they use the bike for their fitness routine or casual rides with the family.


  • Lightweight frames.
  • Comfortable riding position.
  • Fitness geometry.
  • Good responsiveness.
  • Affordable price range.

What We Don’t Like

The tall bike stems are more for riding in an urban environment instead of on the road. Some test riders didn’t like the flat handlebars because they don’t allow riders to get into a fast riding position.

However, it was the long stems that most found to be discerning. They also found the brakes a little slow, which could be an issue when riding in traffic.


  • Stems too tall.
  • Flat handlebars.
  • Sluggish braking power.

Buying Advice

If you’re looking for a good bike for commuting to work or for working out, then you should consider one of the Specialized Sirrus bike models. With its affordable price range, there is a model that almost everyone can afford. They are also made for comfort and performance for everyone, whether they new to riding or have years of experience.


The Sirrus models are considered some of the best fitness-hybrid bicycles on the market, especially for the price.

They are lightweight, which makes them easier to peddle long distances or on steep city inclines. So, if you need a bike that can help you get and stay in shape, then a Sirrus may be the right choice for you.

The Sirrus models can also be used as a road bike for commuting to work or for casual rides with the family. It is a versatile bicycle that you can put a lot of mileage on without worrying that it will fall apart.

To find out if a Sirrus is the best bike for you, test drive one at your nearest Specialized dealer.

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20 thoughts on “Specialized Sirrus Review”

    1. I bought the Specialized 2019 Carbon Elite and like the bike for its threaded lower bracket and not the press fit LB that is offered on the Trek. There have been many problems with the press fit bearing coming loose on carbon frames and becoming almost impossible to repair successfully.

  1. Edwin.L Potillo sr.

    I own a small janitorial business in which I clean yards,homes.I have acculated a number of bikes.I donate the bikes to city groups that teach city kids how to repair the bikes.How do you find bike model of a bike.Thanks Ed Potillo SR.

  2. How can the stem and flat handle bars be cons on a bike that has them as standard equipment. Thats what they are. They are not road bikes. Do you find road bikes with curved handlebars as cons. Gee, I tested recumbents and found the laid back style as a con.

    1. Bill; Your comments are right on. You don’t buy a Smart car and then complain because it won’t pull a 32 foot camper! I am getting ready to order an XL Sirrus X Comp. Supposed to be 22.5 lbs. Light enough for road but tough enough for rail trails and gravel. All carbon and 1x drivetrain. It has the Future Shock stem and I’m getting the CG-R carbon seatpost at the same time. I’ve been told they are great. I tested a Diverge with the Future Shock; it is quite an awesome experience but would still prefer a flat bar. Good luck with whatever you decide.

    2. Bill, I agree with your statement about the standard equipment being considered as a negative point by the (lame) reviewer. I bought my 2018 Sirrus because of the stem and flat bars. It’s a great bike.

  3. Please advise on the weights of the following bikes (size large):

    * Men’s Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon
    * Men’s Specialized Sirrus Expert Carbon
    * Men’s Specialized Sirrus Elite Carbon

    Thank you very much.

  4. I have the Sirrus Expert Carbon and love it. I’m just guessing the weight is probably around 20 lbs. stock. I bought it new and haven’t changed a thing on it because it is a well oiled machine. The built in zerts make it awesome for early road rides as well as rail/trail rides. It was my entry into road riding and my 1st organized ride was a 40 miler in Tennessee with an abundance of rollers. The 11 speed came in handy. All in all I like it as much if not more than my Roubaix which I bought pre-owned.

  5. I’m an experienced road cyclist riding up to 5,000 miles a year, but always used a drop bar race bike. I recently bought a Sirrus Elite Carbon to use on cycle paths – tarmac & gravel, to take the grandkids out on rides and as a winter road bike. The carbon frame and decent drive-train are a great stating point, but I got the bike shop to replace the stock tires with Specialized Trigger Sport 33 mm to soak up the rougher tracks. It’s taken a while to get used to the bike and I have made a few mods to get a comfy position – replacing the stock saddle my normal Selle Italia Flite, fitting Shimano M324 SPD pedals with cleats one side and flat on the other and shortening the handlebars to 540 mm. It’s now close to perfect and I really like riding it.

    1. Having used the bike over the first part of the winter, I still struggle to get used to the upright position and short reach. I have now ditched the stock stem – 90 mm & 12 deg upward angle – in favour of a 120 mm, 6 deg downward stem. It meant replacing the stock spacers with standard round ones and adding a top cap. Only used once since the change, but it does seem much better.

  6. Has anyone had problems with their Sirrus bike squeaking or having other issues? I know that there was a recall on the Future Shock feature this past January, but I hope that means they ironed out the problems. I found the test ride very comfortable. I hope to buy my new ride this week, and the Sirrus Expert is #1 on my list. Some comments on other threads relating to problems have me concerned. Your thoughts and shared experiences would be very helpful.
    Thanks! Ellen

    1. I don’t know how much assembly the shop has to do, but I found my Sirrus Elite Carbon was quite badly assembled. The handlebars were not on straight, the gears, especially the front changer were very poorly set-up, the cassette hadn’t been tightened to the correct torque and the rear derailleur was loose. The latter was an issue as when I dropped out the rear wheel, the through axle wouldn’t line up with the threads. Fortunately this came to light in my garage, rather than on the road. I do check bolts, etc on a regular basis.

  7. Awesome! I am glad to have such an amazing bike that I can ride on City roads as well as on the abrupt streets. All thanks to the specialized Sirrus review that I found on Bikesreviewed.

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