The 2016 Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc finds itself in the middle of the Sirrus pack, just below the $1000 threshold. It packs enough high-end features like disc brakes and Zertz carbon inserts to keep serious cyclists happy, without intimidating everyday fitness riders. The Sirrus Elite will easily handle both roads and trails, and put a big smile on your face.
The Sirrus line features flat handlebars, an upright riding position, and easy shifting between nine climbing and cruising gears. For new riders, or riders that like the feel of a mountain bike, the Sirrus will delight. Riding high in the saddle gave me confidence and better command of the road.
I took the beautiful rocket red Sirrus Elite Disc out on the rail trails and put it through a muddy workout. As expected the 30mm tires gripped well in the gravel, but were overwhelmed by loose rock and mud. However, as soon as my wheels were back on dry gravel I took off like a rocket.
The geometry and visual lines of the 2016 Specialized Sirrus are beautiful. The cold-welded tubing inspires a rugged confidence, and little details like the through-frame cable routing give the bike a really clean look. The handlebars definitely sit up high compared to a road bike, but the view is much better.
The front and rear disc brakes provide excellent stopping power. I put them to the test when I braked hard on wet roads to avoid colliding with a car door. The brakes bite hard and react to the pressure applied by the rider.
If you’re looking for a bike to make your work commute more enjoyable, the Sirrus line is ready. The frame comes with pre-drilled holes for fenders and rack mounts. And, you can handle the rough patches thanks to shock-absorbing Zertz inserts in the front forks.
After riding the Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc for a few weeks, it’s become my first choice for running errands, riding on the rail road tracks with my son, and enjoying easy weekend rides along the seacoast. The 2016 Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc is a hybrid bike that will keep you fit and happy wherever you choose to ride.
Biking has become a regular part of my cross training, and I’m riding in my first century this weekend! Hit me up with any questions, or add your own thoughts in the comments section. Enjoy the miles!
A big thank you to Specialized for lending me a demo bike for review.