I bought this bike in January 2009 after test riding over a dozen other brands - nothing compared to the Sequoia. Before leaving the store, I upgraded to the women's Dolce seat and clipless pedals. I shortly changed the brakes out because the original ones were terrible. I now have nearly 15,000 miles (yes that is correct) and have gone through numerous sets of tires, chains and other wearable parts. I wanted more speed out of it so I had them change out the big ring to a really big ring. This bike is made for riding - I have done a century ride on it and hundreds of half-century rides nearly every week. I LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!!!!!!
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009
Strengths: less than 20 lbs. very nimble and has interupter brakes
Weaknesses: none yet
great entry level road bike also a great clyde bike.
Bike Setup: FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, fully manipulated tubing, compact design, FACT carbon seatstays w/ Zertz inserts
FORK Specialized FACT carbon steerer and fork legs w/ Zertz inserts, alloy crown
HEADSET Specialized Mindset, 1 1/8" integrated threadless, sealed bearings, alloy 20mm cone w/ one 10mm and two 5mm alloy spacers
STEM Specialized Comp-Set, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt 31.8mm bar clamp, 4-position adjustable
HANDLEBARS Specialized Zertz Comp, 6061 alloy, Zertz damper, short-reach drop, ergonomic top shaping, 31.8mm
TAPE/GRIPS Body Geometry Bar Phat, cork ribbon w/ 2.5mm gel padding
FRONT BRAKE Ultralight dual pivot brakes, Teflon pivots, forged alloy w/ cartridge pads
REAR BRAKE Ultralight dual pivot brakes, Teflon pivots, forged alloy w/ cartridge pads
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Tiagra, 9-speed STI, flight deck compatible w/ brake lever extensions
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105, long cage
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Tiagra, 9-speed STI
CASSETTE FREEWHEEL SRAM PG-950, 9-speed 11-28t
CHAIN Shimano HG73, 9-speed
CRANKSET Shimano Tiagra, 2-piece crankset
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano Tiagra, Hollowtech II
PEDALS Composite body, alloy cage w/ toe clips and straps
RIMS Alex AS1, alloy triple wall, machined sidewalls w/ indicator grooves
FRONT HUB Specialized forged alloy, 24 hole, double sealed bearings, straight pull spokes, QR
REAR HUB Specialized forged alloy, 28 hole, double sealed bearings, straight pull spokes, cassette, QR
SPOKES Stainless 14g, straight-pull
FRONT TIRE Specialized All Condition Sport, 700x25c, wire bead, 60TPI w/ Flak Jacket
REAR TIRE Specialized All Condition Sport, 700x25c, wire bead, 60TPI w/ Flak Jacket replaced to Specialized All Condition Armadillo, 700x25c
TUBES Specialized standard presta tube
SADDLE Body Geometry Sonoma, 155mm width
SEAT POST Specialized Pavé II, FACT carbon w/ Zertz insert, aluminum head, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized CNC, alloy, 31.8mm clamp
NOTES Chain stay protector, chain catcher, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual
Seat-Tube Length, B-B Center to Top 520mm
Top-Tube Length, Horizontal 565mm
B-B Drop 71.5mm
Chain-Stay Length 415mm
Seat-Tube Angle 73.25°
Head-Tube Angle 72.5°
Fork Rake 49mm
Stand-Over Height 812mm
Head-Tube Length 230mm
Handle-Bar Width 420mm
Stem Length 100mm
Crank Length 175mm
Seat-Post Length 350mm
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2009
Strengths: A comfortable soft ride.
I have biked over 25,000 miles on my Sequoia and it is as good today as it was when it was new. It is has biked rural Russia and many other places. Having the dual brake handles is a wonderful plus and I highly recommend it to anyone. The Sequoia is an all around bike go for roadies and touring people.
Weaknesses: Stock seat could be better - it's ok if you ride less than 30 km, but gets a bit uncomfortable after that.
I moved from a heavy 15 year old hybrid bike that was very heavy, and very hard to keep at speed. I purchased this a year ago and have been ecstatic with my purchase. I was looking at the Giant OCR 1 as a comparison, but the deal I got on the Sequoia made it impossible to pass up. The only upgrade I have is a pair of Nashbar Ventoux 2 pedals. I ride 25-40 km rides at a time, 3 or 4 times a week. This bike is perfect for my needs.
The price noted above is CDN $ - the Giant OCR was 799 CDN at the time I purchased this bike.
Weaknesses: The parts are not great quality to put it mildly.
I did not have the choice for 2004. I now have my bike slightly more than 3 years. The only original part is the frame. Every part has been replaced. Now I am told that the shifters are wearing and it will cost 750 to fix my bike. More than 1/2 of the original cost.
I just started riding again after way too many years. I bought an old mid 80's aluminum Cannondale, but cracked it up and it is not worth putting a couple of hundred bucks into it, so am looking for a new bike.
I came across a used (not too used) 2008 Sequoia Elite for $700.
Is this a good buy, o ... Read More »
This is just a heads up on the cranks on the 2007 Sequioa Elite. Apparently there is an issue with the left crank (Sugino) falling off. It just happened to me with less than 50 miles on the bike. A very large distributer where I bought my bike has told me they have seen 3 fail from that model year, ... Read More »
I am getting closer to pulling the trigger on a road bike, and right now the two main finalists seem to be the Specialized Sequoia Elite and the Bianchi Volpe. I want something that will be capable (eventually) of medium-duty touring, but I don't think I want to get a full-on heavy touring bike beca ... Read More »
I am getting ready to purchase my first "modern" road bike at the age of 60 (got a Schwinn when I turned 40 but it is long gone). I am a former runner and mt. biker who is going to hit the open highway for rides of between 25-50 miles with the goal of doing a century ride within a year. I want a mor ... Read More »