Globe

Specialized launched their “Globe” brand of bikes this week in Minneapolis. Those who are familiar with Specialized will know that there are already 5 Globe models in their line-up. The new Globe-branded bikes for 2010 are not to be confused with the existing non-Globe-branded Globe models in the current line-up. Confused a little? Me too.

Fortunately, BikeHugger was at the product launch and they’ve provided substantial coverage to help clear up the confusion. Check out their coverage here. There’s also a Globe Flickr Group set-up where you can see detailed photos of the new bikes.

In a nutshell, the new line-up consists of 5 models: the Roll, a fixed gear model; the Live, which comes outfitted with a front cargo rack; the Haul, which comes outfitted with a welded-on, integrated rear rack; and the Carmel and Vienna, both of which were brought forward from the existing line.

When asked about specifications, pricing, and delivery dates, DL Byron at BikeHugger said, “Those are subject to change, so check their site. They’re expecting these in stores in August.”

What I’ve seen so far seems to indicate all of the models will come in at under $1100. Even though some of the details such as wood slats, front cargo racks, etc., appear to be influenced by what Vanilla, Civia, Kogswell, A.N.T., Ahearne, and others have been doing the past couple of years, I don’t see these bikes as direct competition for the existing high-end utility builders. To the contrary, what Globe appears to be doing is bringing the new urban/utility aesthetic down the food chain to a wider audience. This can only be a good thing.

Globe Website
BikeHugger on Globe
Globe Flickr Group Pool

14 Responses to “Globe”

  • Croupier says:

    Bike Snob predictably (and deservingly) tore the Roll a new one proper yesterday: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/

  • bongobike says:

    I remember back in the early to mid nineties, Specialized had a city/commuter bike model called the Globe, which came in a 3-speed charcoal grey and a green seven-speed. They were very nice bikes, but didn’t last long. I think they discontinued them after a year or two.

  • Madness says:

    That Roll sure is pretty though. And that Bikesnob is exhausting. wow.

  • Alan says:

    @bongobike

    I recall seeing that bike…

  • A Bike Commuter says:

    bikesalvation, if you take pop imagery and marketing out of the equation then what will compel people to buy a new bike every couple of years (whether they need one or not)? More importantly, if more people start riding ANTs, Kogswells, Rivs, etc. then why would they even need a new bike every 10 years? The industry can’t stand that kind of common sense.

  • Robin Sansom says:

    Bike Salvation,

    The Raleigh 3sp was a great bike. We are offering some 3 speed and single speed coaster bikes this year, but what else would you like to see in the future?

    Thanks,
    Robin
    Globe Bikes

  • Jonas says:

    Another fashion accessory for the hipsters.

  • 2whls3spds says:

    Make utilitarian bikes available in a range of sizes and affordable, as gas prices continue to rise (and they will) more people of modest income should be turning to bikes as a last resort, make them available.

    Most of my bikes are between 25 -35 years old, have fenders, lights, kickstands and chain guards (and most are IGH), modern bikes with those accouterments today seem to be only available in the upper price ranges.

    Sizing has always been an issue for us. My wife rides a 15″(38cm) I ride a 25″+(63cm) just finding bikes in those sizes is all but impossible when manufacturers only offer S, M, and L. And quite often don’t offer a full size range in the lower priced models. I would be more apt to purchase a less expensive bike as a daily commuter if they were available, I don’t want to spend $600-$1,000 on a bike just to have it get stolen, sub $500 I would still be pissed if it got stolen, but not as much so.

    A few other items to stay away from IMHO, threadless headsets, aluminum frames and suspension anything. Make a good basic bike like the old Nottingham 3speed and sell it at a reasonable price. I realize that the old Raleigh 3 speed was not an inexpensive bicycle My 1972 Raleigh Superbe in today’s dollars would retail for around $450, where are those bikes today? Raleigh also made lesser brands that retailed for less.

    Aaron

  • Alan says:

    I’m thrilled to see a large company like Specialized putting such a concerted effort into the utility market. I believe it’s another indication that the widely held perception in the U.S. that bicycles are only sporting goods is finally starting to change. We need more bikes like these in the sub-$1000 price range and whether it’s Specialized or someone else, I’m all for it. Kudos to Globe for making such an impressive effort.

    Alan

  • Ezip Guy says:

    I am really liking what companies do in this global warming and the high rising of fuel. An E- bike ( Such as the Ezip Bikes ) I think is the answer to reduce the pollution for us.

  • Robin Sansom says:

    I agree, pricing and accessability is really important and it is a big challenge to bring the features that everyday urban cyclists need down to the entry level. I believe that the increased interest in cycling for transportation will create an economy of scale that will help this along . . . and we will continue to try and push these boundries.

    Thanks for the input on the features, I especially agree with no suspension comment, which is more of a widget on transportation bikes than a real benefit. First time consumers see this on other bikes and feel like they need it, but a good sales person would steer them away with a simple explanation/demonstration.

    Aside from being a part of this culture ourselves, a big goal for us is to listen to folks and thier needs.

    Thanks again,
    Robin
    Globe Bikes

  • Joe says:

    Aluminum forks??

  • Kitty says:

    Hi

    I think I have one of these Globe Viennas I just bought it recently, it’s got a different headbadge than the new ones and my wheels are quick release and you can see specialized written on the bike.

    It seems very solid, and I disgaree that they are not fashionable.. they do have a sleek refined look.. I’ve been asked several times where I got mine and what it is!

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