Back in August, when Specialized Bicycle Components previewed its 2012 lines in New York City, prototypes of two limited-edition fixed-gear models from the company’s Globe urban line were real standouts.
Now, the Roll SE 1 (above) with its paint drops theme — check the rims and the chainstay — and the all-white SE 2 (below, after the jump), which adds a hand brake, have hit the market just in time for the holidays.
The two bicycles, in numbered editions of fewer than 200 worldwide, are distinguished from the balance of the Roll urban/fixed line by their paint schemes and premium features, such as Reynolds 520/720 steel frames, lugged crown forks with custom dropouts and deep-V section rims. The limited editions, which key into the fixed-gear rider’s impulse to customize, are priced at $770 to $800.
Inspired by Japanese track bikes, Roll models combine “purity and practicality” to give riders who appreciate the stripped-to-the-essentials fixed-gear aesthetic, added versatility, says Chad Price, director of Globe/Urban. For example, a rear flip/flop hub enables easy switching between fixed-gear or single-speed riding. Price notes that Garrett Chow, a founding member of the fixed-gear bike crew MASH SF, joined the Globe team as a brand specialist in 2009.
That was the year that Specialized spun off the Globe brand to produce a line of functional and stylish bikes for the growing community of city dwellers who’ve made cycling part of their daily lives.
“We made a bold commitment, not just to embrace the product, but a customer group that we had faith in,” Price says. “We make bicycles that inspire people to ride.”
Beyond the Roll, Globe offers a range of models for commuting and city riding. For 2012, these include the Daily and Work lines. The Daily line, available in classic and step-through alloy frames with retro European styling, includes single-speed, 7-speed (internal hub) and 8-speed models and comes with fenders and a custom rear rack.
The Work line, with its lightweight aluminum frame for toting up stairs or onto public transit, and commuter-specific geometry for maneuverability and an upright view of the road, is designed for the dedicated commuter.
The Globe lines are sold through independent bicycle dealers, as well as two free-standing Globe shops located in London (B + Globe) and Lisbon, Portugal.
Learn more here: http://www.specialized.com