SPECIALIZED Sirrus Comp 2010, £899, www.specialized.com

The 2010 Sirrus Comp updates the model we reviewed in 2009 with an E5 frame — and luckily the rest of that winning formula remains. It’s pitched at the sportier end of the hybrid spectrum, weighs just under 10kg (56cm size), and is sharp enough to beat most things away from the lights if you put your foot down; accelerating and maintaining high speeds are distinct highlights. 

The carbon forks and seat-stays, coupled with ergonomic grips, help absorb the worst bumps without jarring your wrists. And a carbon-wrap seatpost also makes life more comfortable, supporting a grooved Sonoma saddle that’s well suited for an upright riding position. With Shimano 105s on board, you know you’re getting no-nonsense shifting; the shifters themselves are easy to reach on the bars too. We still rate V-brakes highly for city use, the ideal trade-off between disc brakes and caliper brakes and again Specialized has got it bang on with its mini V-brakes. Though the Armadillo Elite tyres are solid round-town rubber, we’d perhaps swap them for something narrower and lighter for faster outings. 

Overall, the Specialized Sirrus is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s one of the best hybrids we’ve reviewed — a real joy to ride.

PROS Frame, spec
CONS Not much