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Old 09-21-06, 11:22 PM   #1
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Specialized Globe City

Been having fun checking out the 07s now up on the Specialized site...they even have a commuter series this year. It will be interesting see what people here think of these models.
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Old 09-22-06, 01:15 PM   #2
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I don't like the Globe city model much. I already have a rack and I don't have much use for fenders here. The Globe sport model, however, caught my eye. It's right along the lines in what I'm looking for in a bike.
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Wow, that actually looks useful. Dyno hub and internally geared. Fenders need to be longer though. And while the tires are nice and wide, I'd probably go w/ 28's. I wonder what it weighs.
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Interesting. I read somewhere (think it was an interview with Gary Fisher..who is into alternate transportation) that City/Commuting bikes are hot and most manufacturers will be bring out a model or two in the next years lineup.
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Oh man, I almost crapped my pants when I clicked on All-road and didn't see the Sequoia. But it's there - under Road. It's a contender for my next bike, is why the crappage nearly transpired.

Looks like they swapped out a lot of the 105 components for Tiagra on the 2007 Elite version. Not a big deal for me, I'm not a strong enough biker to tell the performance difference, but why are they then charging the same price for a bike with cheaper components? Grrrrrrh. Bastids.


EDIT: Sorry, not to hijack the thread. My on-topic comment is this - I've been complaining for that the only bike that's fully loaded with everything a commuter needs -- rack, lights, etc. -- is the Trek Portland, which is $1600. I'm positively delighted that Specialized has come out with an affordable, entry-level bike that has all that stuff built in. I think it's ideal for brand new commuters who don't want to get entangled with decisions about lights, racks, installation, etc. It just goes, right out of the store. Very cool.

EDIT 2: Oops, also the good old Treo 520 has all that. I forgot. But it's still $1200.

If I edit this post one more time, my brain is going to 'splode.

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Old 09-22-06, 05:30 PM   #6
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The Globe and the Sirrus look kind of similiar. The Sirrus models listed are incomplete at this point with no technical specs (I guess i could check last years to get a clue) but I'm just wondering what the advantages would be of one over the other, Sirrus and Globe that is, for just someone wanting a road type bike with flatbars. At the risk of babbling I guess trying each out as well as comparing specs may help. ...but asking here can't hurt either!
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The Globe and the Sirrus look kind of similiar. The Sirrus models listed are incomplete at this point with no technical specs (I guess i could check last years to get a clue) but I'm just wondering what the advantages would be of one over the other, Sirrus and Globe that is, for just someone wanting a road type bike with flatbars. At the risk of babbling I guess trying each out as well as comparing specs may help. ...but asking here can't hurt either!
The sirrus is more of a flat bar road bike; 700x28 tires, a road style cassette (11/12-25 or something like that) and on the sport model there are carbon seatstays and a carbon fork. I would imagine the higher models have carbon as well. I know the base model has a trekking/hybrid crankset, not sure about the higher up models. The base model and the sport model are 8 speed, the higher models are 9 speed and there is also one with 10 speeds.

The globe has 700x42 tires, a mtb style cassette (11-32), a trekking/hybrid crankset, and it looks like it is designed for a more upright position. The highest model does have some carbon on it and the higher two models are 9 speed, everything else is 8 speed.

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They had the Globe before a couple of years ago...my LBS still has one...has that crazy integrated locking system....seems they got rid of that...doesn't look like much else has changed.
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Wow, that actually looks useful. Dyno hub and internally geared. Fenders need to be longer though. And while the tires are nice and wide, I'd probably go w/ 28's. I wonder what it weighs.
The medium women's Globe City 4.1 is going to weigh 28.54lbs according to Specialized Customer Support Team.
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The medium women's Globe City 4.1 is going to weigh 28.54lbs according to Specialized Customer Support Team.
My wife says 28.527lbs is the limit for her.
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Nobody mentioned the single speed. That's a deal breaker for me.

I use a Tri Cross comp. I like having drop bars.
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They had the Globe before a couple of years ago...my LBS still has one...has that crazy integrated locking system....seems they got rid of that...doesn't look like much else has changed.
The Globe, the utility version, has been around on and off for nearly 10 years. I know because my parents have two internal hub 7 speeds sitting in their garage that they bought new from an LBS in 1997. At that time they probably paid between $400 and $500 apiece if that much. More recently, I don't think they had it out in 06 or 05 but there was a version out in 03 and 04. That is one reason I get annoyed with the " Build a better European utility bike in the States and more people will bike" hype, because these bikes have been available and apparently not enough people have been buying them.
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The Globe, the utility version, has been around on and off for nearly 10 years. I know because my parents have two internal hub 7 speeds sitting in their garage that they bought new from an LBS in 1997.
Is it possible that your parents bought the only two Globes that ever appeared on an LBS sales floor in the last 10 years rather than only in a catalog?
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Oh man, I almost crapped my pants when I clicked on All-road and didn't see the Sequoia. But it's there - under Road. It's a contender for my next bike, is why the crappage nearly transpired.

Looks like they swapped out a lot of the 105 components for Tiagra on the 2007 Elite version. Not a big deal for me, I'm not a strong enough biker to tell the performance difference, but why are they then charging the same price for a bike with cheaper components? Grrrrrrh. Bastids.
It looks like what they did was eliminate the upper end of the Sequoia line in order to push people towards the roubaix. The bottom end roubaix is set up a lot like my '06 sequoia elite, except that the roubaix has a 10 speed cassette.
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I've been complaining for that the only bike that's fully loaded with everything a commuter needs -- rack, lights, etc. -- is the Trek Portland, which is $1600.
There's been alot of very good debate over the actual utility of this bike versus the appearance of utility. But that is neither here nor there, and I won't threadjack this any further.

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Oops, also the good old Treo 520 has all that. I forgot. But it's still $1200.
Much better thought. A few companies make a decent touring bike though, and I'll agree that Trek's is overpriced, comparitively.
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