For two years now, I’ve been riding my bike between home and work which meant Shannon had to rely on the TTC (we both work at Kanetix). That all changed when she purchased a new bike, a 2012 Globe Roll 1. Now I’m happy to say I am the owner of two bikes! (just don’t tell her that)
From a style standpoint, this bike stands out. I’ve gotten more stares, compliments, and questions about this bike than my Fuji Track Classic which is cool, but makes me jealous. Girls seem to dig the colour scheme, but somehow it still manages to appeal to me. Specialized/Globed showed some restraint by not going to town with decals, which adds to the bike’s minimalist look.
The moment I first tried it, I liked how it felt and compared to my Fuji, it has a more relaxed, upright riding position, almost a bit cruiser-esque which I didn’t expect. The bike feels light, fast, and responsive.
On the other hand, the stock 42/17 gear ratio feels too low for me as I’m used to riding at a higher 46/15 ratio, but this would vary between riders. I’ve only tried riding this bike in free-wheel mode, perhaps it’ d be okay riding fixed, but I’d be afraid of spinning out.
Sadly the bike also weighs in on the heavy side, you can definitely feel a difference between the Fuji and the Globe, although it’s not deal breaker. I’d also recommend looking for a new seat as the stock seat isn’t all that great. Speaking of the seat, since it’s white you may end up with some colour transfer from your clothes. If that happens, simply use a magic eraser.
Cool stock styling
Smooth, responsive ride
Comfortable riding geometry
Heavier than it looks
Low crank position means pedal strikes