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Specialized Globe 2004, City/Commuting Bike

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This type of bike is a rare item in the U.S.A., a fully equipped commuter bike. Bicycles for adults in the U.S.A. have morphed into machines that are mostly suited for full out road racing or hardcore off road use. The practical features needed to use a bicycle for daily transportation have all but disappeared in recent decades in our car-centric culture.

The Specialized Globe 2004 had everything that is needed for this application: kickstand, full fenders, a hub generator for front and rear lights, rack, frame mounted lock, appropriate size tires, and an upright riding position that is very helpful when riding in traffic. All of this was available from Specialized at the remarkably low price of around $700. Here's a link to the Specialized page on this bike:

At 55 cm, it was always a bit to big for me. The components on this bike were the inspiration for my current commuter bike.


Parts List / Specifications Specialized Globe 2004 logo


Frame
New lightweight oversized Specialized Trekking, A1 premium aluminum, heat treated, with internal lighting wiring and full braze-on fittings.
Fork
Integrated Specialized TCR-D, 63mm travel with preload.
Headset
Fully Integrated oversized, 1 1/8” integrated threadless, alloy cap, 2x5 mm, 2x8 mm alloy spacers.
Stem
Specialized adjustable, 3D forged alloy.
Handlebar
Specialized alloy, 30mm rise, 14 degree sweep.
Hand Grips
Body Geometry, triple density gel.
Brakes
Specialized linear pull, forged, with modulator.
Brifters
Shimano EF-29 EZ Fire 8-speed shifter.
Front Derailleur
Shimano Nexave, 31.8 clamp, bottom pull.
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Alivio, long cage.
Cassette
Shimano HG-50, 8-speed, Mega Range 11x34t.
Chain
Shimano IG-31.
Crankset
Shimano Nexave 201, silver arms.
Chainrings
48Sx38Sx28S, hyperglide, with chainguard.
Bottom Bracket
Shimano BB-UN-25, 68mm shell, 113mm spindle, sealed bearing cartridge.
Pedals
Specialized alloy, kryton non-slip top, toe clip compatible.
Rims
Alex DH-19,700x28c, alloy double wall, w/ machined sidewalls.
Front Hub
Shimano Nexave generator type, forged, 32 hole, double sealed, QR.
Rear Hub
Shimano Paralax, forged, 32 hole, cassette, double sealed, QR .
Spokes
Specialized, 2.0mm (14g), stainless, brass nipples, L296/R296mm front, L295/R293mm rear.
Tires
Came with Specialized Infinity 700x38C, 60TPI, Flak Jacket, w/ reflective stripes. I replaced with Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700c x 38 (ETRTO 40-622).
Tube
Came with Specialized schraeder valve. I replaced with Schwalbe AV19 filled with Specialized Airlock sealant.
Saddle
Specialized Body Geometry Sport.
Seat Post
Alloy suspension, 30.9mm x 350mm, preload adjust.
Seat Binder
Specialized forged alloy w/ allen head binder.
Kickstand
Pletscher full alloy with black boot.
Lock
AXA SL-7 Integrated.
Fenders
SKS Trekking 45, V-Stay, Security System ASR, SPB Fitting Rear, 3/4 Length, Sliding Bridge, Ecospoiler.
Head Light
Lumotech 170di Plus with switch and standlight function.
Tail Light
Toplight 328ALK Plus with standlight function.
Rear Rack
Plescher Athlete with Pump Pick and 3 point system.
Bell
Full alloy with alloy ringer.
Chaincase
Full length integrated, high impact resin.

Geometry

  • Nominal Size: 55 cm
  • Stand Over Height: 812 mm
  • Seat Tube Length, Center to Top: 535 mm
  • Top Tube Length: 656 mm
  • Head Tube Length: 110 mm
  • Head Angle: 70.0 degrees
  • Seat Angle: 72.5 degrees
  • Wheel Base: 1065 mm
  • Chain Stay Length: 450 mm
  • Front Center: 633 mm
  • Fork Offset: 50 mm