Specialized Rolls Out New Globe Daily City Bicycles
Specialized’s Globe brand of city and commuter bikes introduced their new 5-bike series of upright cruisers called Daily.
Available in three men’s and two women’s models, their trim levels are primarily differentiated by the drivetrain, but each has unique cargo methods, too. All of them have full alloy frames with internal rear brake cable housing, with the upper models getting alloy forks (the lower end Daily 03 gets a steel fork).
Shown above, the singlespeed Daily 03 men’s bike gets full fenders, a large front basket and a full length chainguard. MSRP is $500. I didn’t ask to confirm, but there are threads on the other side of the hub, so you can likely run it as a fixed gear, too.
Check out the rest after the break, along with a little ride report of two of the models…
More pics of the Daily 03. My friend Joseph rode this one and really enjoyed it. For hilly terrain, the gearing was a little steep for the climbs and a little quick for the descents…which is typically the case with singlespeed bikes. On the flats, though, it seemed to be just right.
The Daily 02 uses a traditional rear derailleur with a cuff protector chainring, and it upgrades to metal pedals. The handlebars are a bit bigger and taller, it keeps the full fenders, but uses a small rear rack with aluminum tray. Actually, for 2011, all Globe models are moving to aluminum trays to replace the better looking wood ones (our opinion). Their product manager says they did it for eco reasons, but on a couple we rode there was a bit of rattling on one of them. Could have just been loose, but we’d still like to see the wood offered, at least as an option. MSRP is $650.
Like all the other Globe bikes, the headbadge is empty and lets you put your own artwork in there.Â I rode an XL Daily 02 about six miles over rolling bike paths and it was pretty sweet. The steering is quick thanks to a very upright, steep headtube, and it was fun. The brakes are a little weak, but they are traditional road calipers, so you could put stronger brakes or better pads if you get serious about whipping around town at speed. For most people, they’re probably adequate, though.
The top-of-the-line Daily 01 gets an 8-speed internally geared hub with full chainguard and fenders. It uses the same big handlebar as the 02, and it adds a kickstand. There are holes on the others for mounting a kickstand, but they didn’t have them included.Â These pictures don’t do this blue color justice…it’s a beautiful cornflower/baby blue in person. MSRP $750.
The women’s models come in Daily 02 (above) with eight speeds courtesy of a derailleur and trigger shifters. Pricing and features are similar to the men’s models.
The women’s Daily 03 is a singlespeed and gets the big front basket just like the guy’s model.