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Genesis Day 02 or Spez Sirrus Comp

slymarquesslymarques Posts: 21
edited July 2007 in Commuting chat
Dear All,

Sorry for the usual, but I'm finally narrowed down my choices of bikes to:

- Genesis Day 02 http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/index.php?bikeID=14&show_bike=TRUE
- Specialized Sirrus Comp http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22260

I have road tested them both (for about 5 mins each) and feel very similar. Specs wise, they are also very similar.

Any owners of either machine with comments?

I plan to use the bike mainly for commuting. (each way approx 10.5 miles)

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    I had an '04 Spesh Sirrus Elite, and enjoyed it a lot. Go for whichever one takes your fancy, because there's not a lot else to choose between them given your comments.

    I would be tempted to get something with drop bars though, for a 10.5 mile commute. That's long enough that the slightly higher efficiency of a road bike would really start to help with.
  • Noel PTNoel PT Posts: 627
    Hi Mate,

    I have the Genisis Day 01 not Dat 02 but only cause I had a limited budget. If I had a little extra I would have rather got the speshi comp. But then I must admit I am a speshi fan.
  • slymarquesslymarques Posts: 21
    I had considered drop bars (as I currently have an Old race bike, and I like the drop bars), but since it does not have rack eyes, I have to carry all the weight on my back. So I'm looking for a bike that could take a rack and be comfortable for my commute.
    I had also considered the Spez Allez (it also has Rack eyes), but my LBS recommended that I change to flat bar for more comfort and that the bikes below offered better spec & comfort.....

    99% of bike riding will be commuting with the odd Sunday morning long rides.....
  • slymarquesslymarques Posts: 21
    or this one....
    Bianchi Camaleonte III .... (looks beautiful, but cannot find reviews for it...)
    http://www.bianchi.it/en/products2007/Sport_Y7B92.aspx
  • I have the spec comp 2007 and cannot really fault it.
    Only occassional niggle is that my foot interferes with the front wheel when the bars are turned when at the lights as the bike seems a little compact length wise.
    No problems in 1600 miles. Everything works fine. Tyres are good and only one puncture which happened at 1550 miles. I use mine for a 12 miles each way commute and find it's comfortable, light and ok on Londons road surfaces.
    Bars can be adjusted down by reversing the shims or turning the stem round so it points down instead of usp. Evans told me they could not be adjusted!
    Can't teally comment on the Genesis.
    Mark
  • colonelcolonel Posts: 37
    slymarques wrote:
    Dear All,

    Sorry for the usual, but I'm finally narrowed down my choices of bikes to:

    - Genesis Day 02 http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/index.php?bikeID=14&show_bike=TRUE
    - Specialized Sirrus Comp http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22260

    I have road tested them both (for about 5 mins each) and feel very similar. Specs wise, they are also very similar.

    Any owners of either machine with comments?

    I plan to use the bike mainly for commuting. (each way approx 10.5 miles)

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    exactly part of the decision I was making myself.

    I liked both of these bikes, but the sirrus more. the genesis is lighter but has the road bike posture and I didn't find it as comfortable.

    i eventually went crazy and got the sirrus pro, but the elite, comp and even the basic one are great.

    it you want a fast bike with road comfort then go for the sirrus. but if you want a bike as fast as a road bike and the same kind of twitchy steering then go for the genesis
  • NgalbraiNgalbrai Posts: 279
    Another vote for the Sirrus, have the elite, love it. Tested the genesis too, preferred the look of it but to me the sirrus felt more sturdy and reassuring, plus I carry quite a lot of cr*p in panniers so I wanted more stability. Have done over 6000 miles on it.

    When I got mine the spokes in rear wheel kept breaking, specialized replaced with better wheel set through LBS, no problems since, I think this was a known fault with a bad batch of spokes and has long since been rectified?? Only other niggle is the suspension seat post develops a bit of play after a while and isnt that brilliant, but, saying that I havent replaced or anything since I had the bike, like the body geometry seat though.
  • mazcpmazcp Posts: 953
    I also have an '07 Spesh Sirrus Elite. It's a great bike, light and versatile. I've replaced the toe-clip pedals that came with it, wih SPD pedals...I think I will be changing the 28mm Armadillo All-conditions with slimmer tyres (poss. 23mm Continental GP4000s). It should speed it up even more!!
  • TariqTariq Posts: 55
    I have a similar purchase scenario....I am planning on buying a specialised sirrus elite with straight bars for commuting. Some people have told me to buy a bike with drop bars....why? do the handles bars make any difference, would a good racer bike fitted with straight bars be any less efficient to ride.....please explain

    Thanks.
  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Drop bars just give you more options with hand placement for comfort. I know I use several positions on my upright bike with drop bars, and it lets me go super low and aero if I'm busting a gut into a headwind, for example, or engaging in a bit of tour de commute.
  • phil_ss1phil_ss1 Posts: 194
    Hi,

    I ride a Spesh Sirrus (not sure how similar), flat bar, spd's, 28's and love it.

    I added some Specialized Dirt Rodz bar ends to vary the position and they also allow me to get down a bit when riding into the wind/downhill without having my elbows in my chest.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.a ... Bar%20Ends

    Also use a MTX quick rack on the back end with one of their expanding bags, takes all I need for trips to work and is quick release (both bag and rack).

    Some SKS blades top of the addtivies and that means I can strip off the bits for weekend quick jaunts.

    Phil
    :shock:
  • cupofteacpcupofteacp Posts: 578
    Bentmikey,

    You should be able to "move around" on the bars even if there flat.

    I agree that the drop bars are better if your out in the country side, but if the majority of comute is in cities, I'd go for flat.

    I'm currently riding a MTB with slicks 30miles a day into central london, and have done for the last 10 / 15 years, I'm now getting soft and I've turned 40 :lol: and I'm looking at a road bike, however with the state of the roads and dealing with the amount of traffic I do the bike will end up being fitted with flats,
    I also want disk brakes as I'm tired replacing rims every 18 months or so

    In the end SLY it is your choice
    15 * 2 * 5
    * 46 = Happiness
  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Not really, no, compared with drops.
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