Globe Roll 8
When Specialized relaunched the Globe brand a couple of years back they introduced the single speed Roll model with flat bars and more road than track geometry for riders looking for understated style and predictable handling. Just last year they brought out the $770 Globe Roll 8, featuring the same styling and geometry but with an 8-speed rear cassette and a single front ring—a setup common to many seasoned urban commuter’s personal bikes. With a wide range 11-32 cassette and a 48t front ring the bike has enough gear range for most urban locales while keeping it realtively simple in terms of form and function. The pictured bike isn’t exactly stock though pretty close to it, as it’s actually the well used personal bike of one of the product designers behind the Globe line, sporting some upgrades and after market parts choices like most of these bikes will look after a year or two on the road.