The Diverge Comp has been designed to be a through-and-through exploration machine. It's equally adept at crushing dirt climbs as it is to cruising to the coffee shop or hopping into a local group ride. And while it might sound clichÃ© in a landscape of bike claims chocked full with hyperbole the Diverge Comp truly is one bike that does it all.
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 mile after mile so you'll find a Shimano Ultegra groupset Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and a 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 Ultegra R8000|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra R8000, Shadow Design, 11-speed|
|Shift Levers||Shimano Ultegra Disc R8020|
|Chainset||Praxis Zayante: 48/32T|
|Bottom Bracket||Praxis, PF30|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors|
|Cassette||Shimano CS-HG8000, 11-34T|
|Chain||Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed w/ Quick Link|
|Wheels||Rear: DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
Front: DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
|Tyres||Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm|
|Front Brake||Shimano Ultegra 8070, flat-mount disc|
|Rear Brake||Shimano Ultegra 8070, flat-mount disc|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|Handlebars||Specialized Adventure Gear Hover; 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12d flare|
|Grips /Tape||S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm|
|Seatpost||S-Works CG-R, FACT carbon fiber, single-bolt, 27.2mm|