Specialized Men's Diverge Sport

2018
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Description

With the Diverge Sport, you'll be prepared for anything, from smooth tarmac to the loosest, roughest 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 frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm tires with plenty of room for mud, too. Weight was a large factor in the development, so Specialized took some design cues from the Roubaix with a FACT 9r carbon frame that's one of the lightest in the category.

Specialized opted for a new Open Road Geometry. We know what you're thinking, "it's just another marketing term," but they truly did develop an entirely new geometry. 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-centimeter 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.

There's only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb, so Specialized implemented a new version of the Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but provides 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, 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.

Specialized topped it off with three water bottle mounts and mounts for racks and fenders. So while it's one of the most smile-inducing bikes you'll ever shred fire roads on, it's equally adept at bike packing, commuting, or even a spin to your local brewery. The Diverge Sport spec hits right on the money with a sturdy Shimano Tiagra groupset, hassle-free mechanical disc brakes, and a strong Axis Sport wheelset.

Features & Info

Geometry chart

Specialized Diverge geometry chart
Pedals sold separately

Specifications

Frame
Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat mount disc, BB386
Fork
Specialized FACT carbon, flat mount disc
Axles
Front: 12x100mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
Rims/Wheels
Axis Sport Disc
Tires
Specialized Trigger Sport, 60 TPI, BlackBelt protection, 700x38mm
Crankset
Praxis Alba 2D
Chainrings
48/32T
Bottom Bracket
BB386
Chain
KMC X10, 10-speed w/ Missing Link
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tiagra, braze-on
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Tiagra, long cage, 10-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs
Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed, 11-34t
Shifters
Shimano Tiagra
Handlebars
Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
Tape/Grips
Specialized S-Wrap
Stem
Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Brake Levers
Shimano Tiagra
Brakes
Tektro Spyre, flat mount, mechanical disc
Saddle
Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm
Seat Post
Alloy, 2-bolt clamp