While the real fun starts where the road ends, you still need a bike that'll get you there—one bike that shreds flowy singletrack, gravel, and traditional roads with equal authority. A more capable road bike won't cut it, nor will a more road-worthy 'cross bike for that matter. No, you need a dedicated gravel bike like the Diverge. First and foremost, it's fun and always down for a good time, but with a progressively-tuned Future Shock, our fast and stable Open Road Geometry, and plenty of tire clearance, it redefines the possibilities for adventure on a drop-bar bike.
Gravel riding might still be finding its legs as an "official" sport, but that doesn't mean we couldn't treat it like one with the Diverge Sport's build. We spec'd it with Shimano's legendary 105 11-speed group for its crisp shifts and powerful hydraulic disc brakes, as well as reliable DT R470 Disc wheels wrapped with 700x38mm Pathfinder Sport tires and our fan-favorite Power Sport saddle.
- Clearance for either 700x42mm or 650b x 47mm tires? Check. Three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and our Road SWAT™ kit. The Diverge not only has everything you need for pretty much any pedal-powered adventure—whether it's gravel racing, bikepacking, or weekend shredding—and does so at a frame weight that's close to today's high-end road bikes. Sure, you might be thinking more plaid flannel than Polka Dot Jersey, but you'll thank us on your next dirt climb.
- You can think of the Diverge's geometry as a road version of a modern trail bike. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts, but keeps stiffness up to snuff for your inner-racer. Along with a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge, we also slacked-out the head tube angle, shortened the chainstays, and made a shorter wheelbase. The result? A bike that performs equally well over both the dirt and road.
- There's only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb when it comes to bumps, but this is where our Future Shock comes into play. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but it also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That's because the wheelbase isn't lengthening when you hit a bump, so when you dive hard into a turn, you won't be surprised by under-steer or sloppy handling. The Diverge's version also gets a special treatment featuring a progressive spring that makes this technology more suitable for off-road applications, where stiffer suspension is often needed to soak-up larger bumps and obstacles.
FRAME : Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc, BB386
FORK : Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle
FRONT WHEEL : DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
REAR WHEEL : DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
INNER TUBES : Presta valve, 48mm
FRONT TYRE : Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c
REAR TYRE : Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c
BOTTOM BRACKET : Praxis, PF30
SHIFT LEVERS : Shimano 105 hydraulic disc, ST-7025
FRONT DERAILLEUR : Shimano 105, Braze-On
REAR DERAILLEUR : Shimano 105 R7000 GS, medium cage, 11-speed
CASSETTE : Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t
CHAIN : KMC X11 EL, 11-speed
FRONT BRAKE : Shimano 105 R7070, flat-mount hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKE : Shimano 105 R7070, flat-mount hydraulic disc
HANDLEBARS : Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare
STEM : Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
SADDLE : Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails
SEATPOST : Carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDER : Diverge collar, alloy, 31.2mm
PEDALS : Specialized Dirt