Art F is back again. He flipped this hopelessly neglected Specialized Sirrus to none other than a ex-fixie rider with bad knees! I say that’s a two for one: one less piece of brakless, derailerless dreck, and one more lovingly rehabilitated old ten speed hitting the streets. Keep up the good work Art.
Every once in a while this old bike flipper runs across a bike that tempts him to keep and add to his bike stable that consists of a much upgraded and rebuilt 1974 Raleigh Super Course. But the thought of riding on 23 mm wide tires running at 120 psi frightens me. The times I decided to use 1-1/8 tires on old Raleigh had me almost spending as much time fixing flats as riding the bike. But this Specialized Sirrus was a beauty and one of thje slickest shifting and braking bikes I’ve come across It was made in the mid-90’s.This bike is NOT the same as the hybrid model sold currently sold under the same name. The Specialized Sirrus models from the early to mid 90’s were all true road bikes.
The frame was so light that at first I thought it was aluminum until I tried the magnet test.
It has a full set of Shimano 105 components (crank, derailleurs, hubs, (index)shifter levers, brakes, brake levers). The wheels are Wolber GTX hard-anodized rims with Maxxis Detonator 700 X23c tires rated at 120 psi .
The bike took me about 3 weeks to sell on craigslist DC . The young fellow who bought it said his knees were giving out from riding his single speed and was ready for some gears . I’ll bet not many of the OTSG readers have ever seen one of these bikes And how many two tone water bottle cages have you seen as original equipment.