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Roly-Poly: Destroyer of Bikes

Friday, April 25, 2014

I am at the end of my rope with my Specialized Sirrus Sport. It seems that just about every month I am down at the bike shop for something or other. Just since the beginning of the year, I have had to replace the back tire, the cassette, the shifters, a failed inner tube (the valve exploded while I was out riding; I thought someone was shooting at me), and when I went to get geared up for a charity ride tomorrow, I found a fault in the front tire. There is this little bubble that is distending the tire. This happened a few months ago with my back tire. I am SO OVER THIS BIKE!!!

Yeah. You could say I am a bit frustrated.

I have a Giant mountain bike on layaway at the local shop. I am starting to have second thoughts. Am I going to have just as much trouble with a more expensive bike? I sure hope not. I mean, it has a carbon frame, just like my Specialized, but I'm hoping that the components will last longer. I realize that I am a good 30 pounds over maximum weight, and I know that has to be taken into account, but I mean really. What the actual bloody heck is going on with my Specialized???

It vexes me endlessly.

Any suggestions you real cyclists may have would be most helpful, because I am about to chuck the dumb thing.
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SPEEDYDOG 5/10/2014 3:39PM

    Hi Heather,

Specialized makes good bikes. Every bike company offers different grades of bikes. You mentioned you had to replace the cassette on your Sirrus. Your Sirrus was likely equipped with a Shimano HG-20 "Alivio" cassette, which is a $15 item. Your Giant XTC has an HG-62 "Deore" cassette which is a $60 item.

The HG-62 cassette is made from stronger and lighter alloys; and machined to closer tolerances than the HG-20. Not only will the HG-62 last longer but will also work better than the HG-20.

Giant provides a lot of bike for the money - so does Specialized. There is a trade-off between price and quality.

If you bought the XtC Composite 29er 2, your bike is identically equipped as Little Stumpy. Little Stumpy lasted 7 years and a bazillion hard miles before I decided to rebuild the bike. However, there was still a lot of life left in the original components. I just decided I wanted to upgrade to lighter and better components and restore some crispness. The sadly abused Little Stumpy was still reliable without the rebuild.

If you sprung for the XtC Composite 29er 1, you get a better crankset, smoother fork and a upgraded shifters and derailleurs. The XtC Composite 29er 1 would shift smoother under heavy pedal pressure than the XtC Composite 29er 2. This smoother shifting under pedal pressure is important to me so I would bought the "1 version" for the extra $650. However, both XtCs would be good perfroming and durable bikes.

You made a good choice.

Thanks, Bruce



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PROT358 4/26/2014 8:24PM

    I agree with Koffeenut. That is a LOT of problems, much more than I as a consumer would expect. I would consider a new bike ... and be sure to mention upfront that you are a serious cyclist who logs x miles weekly. Or start digging around cycling magazines and get some better advice from sources much more knowledgeable than I am!

I hope you had a good ride today. Was this the tutu ride? If so, I want pictures! At least of the world's ugliest tutu!

Have a lovely weekend!

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MARISPHERE 4/26/2014 4:12PM

    Don't know anything about bikes, either. I just dropped by to shake my pom-poms. Go, Heather! Don't give up on the bikes! emoticon

Mari

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KOFFEENUT 4/26/2014 3:26PM

    Not a cyclist so have no suggestions but was wondering - any possibility some of this could be covered by warranty? Seems like a LOT of problems regardless of your weight!

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