Big cargo: The Specialized Globe Haul LT reviewed

A very well-designed cargo bike—powerful, smooth, stiff, and reasonably affordable. But is it too big?

The Specialized Globe Haul LT
(Image credit: Tyler Boucher)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The LT model hits many of the same notes as Specialized’s celebrated Globe Haul ST in a bigger, heavier, and more capable version. The long and short of it is: it’s fun to ride and carries cargo exceptionally well, but it’s a hefty boy.

Reasons to buy
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    Handling is spot on

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    The robust frame handles weight capably

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    Contact points are easily adjustable for a wide range of riders Fun!

Reasons to avoid
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    Add-on accessories (like School Bus Kit tested) are pricey

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    No chain guard

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    Size and weight make it unwieldy—it’s likely heavy to maneuver for smaller pilots

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According to one of our twin boys, the Specialized Globe Haul LT is “a very talented bike.” I’m inclined to agree. Testing cargo bikes is one of my favourite assignments because scientifically-speaking, they’re the most fun kind of bike. How can you not end up with a smile while riding around being serenaded by preschoolers? (Caveat: your mileage may vary)

Cargo bikes typically come in two varieties: bucket (bakfiets), with cargo in front, or long tail with payload located behind the rider. Bucket bikes are often more expensive, but work well for heavier loads as the weight is placed closer to the ground where it’s more stable. Long tail bikes are simpler, and thus are usually cheaper, but can be plagued by handling difficulties with freight on board. Both types have benefits, depending on where you ride and how much weight or how many passengers you regularly carry.

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