With the Diverge Sport you'll be prepared for anything the road throws at you from smooth tarmac to the most chewed-up tracks out there. It's packed with all the same technologies as its pricier cousins only its spec places an emphasis on reliable performance not components so flashy you'll be eating nothing but top ramen for months.
The Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs we took your number one request into account - tyre clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm (or 650b x 47mm) tyres with plenty of room for mud too. Along with tyre clearance weight was a large factor in the development and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix we developed a FACT 9r carbon frame that's one of the lightest in its category.
Next up we moved away from a traditional â€˜cross geometry instead opting for something that hasn't been seen before - our Open Road Geometry. You can think of it as a road version of modern trail bike geometry. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts. The geo features a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimetre lower than the previous Diverge a slacked-out head tube angle short chainstays and a short wheelbase. These changes make for a bike that's not only fun in the dirt but also performs well on the road.
And while riding gravel and dirt roads on a road bike may add to the adventure there's only so much that wider tyres with lower pressures can absorb in terms of bumps. With this in mind we implemented a new version of our Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease but also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That's because the wheelbase isn't lengthening when you hit a bump so the front end of the Diverge keeps the same effective head tube angle. In other words when you dive hard into a turn you won't be surprised by under-steer or sloppy handling. Unlike the original Future Shock (found on the Roubaix) the Diverge's version features 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.
Adding to its multifaceted talents we topped it off with three water bottle mounts plus mounts for racks and fenders. For the spec we wanted to make sure that it shifted crisply and braked smoothly for years to come so you'll find a Shimano 105 groupset hydraulic disc brakes and an DT R470 Disc wheelset.
|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 Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 R7000, long cage, 11-speed|
|Shift Levers||Shimano 105 R7020 hydraulic disc|
|Chainset||Praxis Alba M30, PF30: 48/32T|
|Bottom Bracket||Praxis, PF30|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors|
|Cassette||Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t|
|Chain||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed|
|Wheels||Rear: DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
Front: DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
|Tyres||Sawtooth Sport, black, 700x38mm|
|Front Brake||Shimano 105 R7070, flat-mount disc|
|Rear Brake||Shimano 105 R7070, flat-mount disc|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|Handlebars||Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 12-degree flare|
|Grips /Tape||S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel|
|Saddle||Body Geometry ToupÃ© Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|Seatpost||Carbon, single-bolt, 30.9mm|