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Meet Sirrus X – a genre busting flat-bar gravel bike

Words by Cycles UK

on 31/01/2020 10:12:16

Specialized Sirrus X London 2

When we heard that Specialized were planning to stop making their Crosstrail bikes the reaction was that it was a bit ‘brave’. The Crosstrail has been one of Specialized’s best-selling bikes for years, and one of our best-selling bikes at Cycles UK. The replacement for the Crosstrail is the new Sirrus X which takes the idea of ‘hybrid’ bikes in a whole new direction.

The old Specialized Crosstrail was a pretty standard hybrid bike. It came with road bike size wheels, a suspension fork and plenty of points for attaching mudguards and pannier racks. It made a great bike for commuting, light touring or generally getting around on. The Sirrus X does away with the suspension fork that came on the Crosstrail to save a whopping 1.7kg, making the bike lighter, faster and easier to carry if you need to get it up and down stairs.

The bigger tyres on the Sirrus X act as suspension but also add extra confidence and more stable handling. The wider tyres also mean Sirrus X is also designed to hit some gravel at the weekends so you can explore your local tracks. Sirrus X is set up to deliver more confidence to new riders on all surfaces, and provide the performance needed for more experienced riders to go on proper adventures.

With a slightly more upright riding position, a super intuitive one-by drivetrain, and plenty of mounts for racks and mudguards the Sirrus X can still handle the daily commute but it is capable of a lot more besides. Specialized call it a “let’s do stuff” kind of bike that will inspire you to ride more than you ever have before.

The Sirrus X Range

There are 4 models in the Sirrus X range. Following Specialized’s ‘Beyond Gender’ philosophy each is available in multiple colours and sizes so there are 51 different variations of Sirrus X available to buy. Sizes go from XXSmall through to XXLarge. Colours include Dusty Turquoise, Duty Lilac Flo Red with Blue Ghost Pearl.

The top two bikes in the range, the Sirrus X 4.0 and Sirrus X 5.0, both come with a Specialized FutureShock fork. This is much lighter than a traditional suspension fork but will still take the sting out of bigger bumps when gravel riding or dodging potholes. The rest of the range use similar parts including simple, low maintenance, 1x drivetrains and powerful hydraulic brakes. If you want a bike that will get you around town, and on adventures at the weekend there is a Sirrus X for you.

Specialized Sirrus X 5.0 - £1599

Specialized Sirrus X 5

The top of the range Sirrus X comes with a carbon fibre frame and fork, Futureshock suspension and 11 speed Shimano SLX mountain bike gearing. So it is super light ajnd able to tackle the steepest hills.

Specialized Sirrus X 4.0 - £999

Specialized Sirrus X 4

The Sirrus X 4.0 comes with a premium A1 SL aluminium frame that makes this one of the lightest bikes in its class. A FututreShock carbon fork and 10 speed Shimano Deore mountain bike gearing make this a really capable bike.

Specialized Sirrus X 3.0 - £699

Specialized Sirrus X 3

The Sirrus X 3.0 is the second bike in the Sirrus X range. It comes with a couple of key upgrades over the base model Sirrus X including a lighter aluminium fork, an extra gear and a better quality crankset.

Specialized Sirrus X 2.0 - £549

Specialized Sirrus X 2 Red

The entry level bike in the Sirrus X range the Sirrus X 2.0 comes with a good selection of affordable parts including 8 speed gears, hydraulic brakes and wide 42c tyres so you can tackle all kinds of terrain.