I’ve been interested in trying a front rack equiped bike for some time now. I know quite a few people who swear by carrying weight on the front wheel, and my touring experience has shed some light on the benefits of loading the front of a bike.
So, when the kind folks at Globe offered to send us a test bike, I jumped all over the Live 3. For those unfamiliar with the Globe brand, this company is a recent standalone spin-off of Specialized Bicycles.
The Live series of bikes are modeled after the Porteur Bikes first developed by French newspaper couriers in the 1950’s. These bikes have steep headtube angles and forks with large amounts of offset in order to shorten trail. This setup keeps the bike handling quickly when loaded and minimizes wheel flop due to the weight on the front rack. The Live 3 I’m testing has a 74 degree headtube angle and 59mm of fork offset resulting in a trail of roughly 38mm. As such, the front end of this bike handles QUICKLY, both loaded and unloaded. The handling is unlike anything I’ve ever ridden and took me one full ride to come to terms with the delicate steering input the Live 3 prefers. Even with the rack loaded, the Live 3 maintains its quick handling.
Parts wise the $1550 Live 3 offers a solid build, including an 8-speed Alfine internally geared rear hub, and Tektro Auriga Comp disc brakes.
That’s all for now. I’ll be logging commuting miles on the Live 3 and penning a full review in issue #7 of Bicycle Times. To have this issue delivered to your door, call 866.523.9653 to subscribe by July 30th, 2010.Tweet Print