GLOBE Haul 01, £500, www.globebikes.com

For some this bike will be love at first sight; others will be more circumspect. Is it form over function? Does the integrated rack add too much weight? How can large loads be secured practically? How is it to ride? 

Globe has certainly got the looks right. A moss-green frame, chestnut saddle and bars, with cream 700x35c tyres, will draw compliments. The components are smart for a town bike too; as well as mudguards and kickstand, we like the V-brakes, internal cable routing and Shimano Alivio chainset. Best of all are the integrated front and rear lights.

But sceptics are right to point out drawbacks. Swept-back handlebars and compact geometry give the Haul one of the most bolt upright riding positions we’ve ever come across. Wide tyres and padded saddle filter out smaller bumps, but medium-sized potholes almost bounced us off.

Think twice, too, if you want to use the Haul as a ‘serious’ cargo bike. Granted you can fix panniers at both ends and the rear rack’s rated to carry 50kg, but you'll struggle to secure such loads directly onto the frame. And adding anything like that weight will slow you to a crawl. Looks may seduce, but those looking for a long- term partnermight be better off looking elsewhere.

PROS looks, lights, brakes
CONS securing loads, weight

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