The newest addition to the Specialized line-up of bikes is the Diverge. The aptly named bike has proved itself in the minds of reviewers from Cycling Tips, Cycling Weekly and Outside Magazine, to name just a few.
“After one ride it became the bike I didn’t know I wanted so bad.”
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“Powerful disc brakes that provide consistent stopping power no matter the weather or terrain.”
“Optimized endurance geometry for all day comfort.”
“Front and rear tire clearance for up to a 35c tire (32c with fenders)” … providing “more traction and flat resistant to ensure you keep the rubber side down.”
Before I rode the Diverge I had a difficult time understanding exactly what it was for. I take my regular road bike on gravel roads all the time (albeit, hesitantly). After one ride it became the bike I didn’t know I wanted so bad. For me, testing the Diverge was like taking someone else’s Hummer out for a cruise and doing some mischievous off-roading through places I wouldn’t ever take my own vehicle.
I couldn’t help but take small detours on the shoulder and search for side roads off the beaten path. My roots are in mountain biking so I long for this terrain and the Diverge encouraged the uncivilised caveman in me to come out and play.
Specialized Diverge | Specialized model year 2015 bikes: Tarmac and Diverge
“There is something fun about riding a bike in an environment where maybe it shouldn’t be,” Booth says. “It takes you back to being a kid where you had one bike, and you’d take your BMX on a local trail because you didn’t have a mountain bike, or you’d ride a mountain bike on the road because you didn’t have a road bike. There is that childhood thing about a bike like this.”
There’s no doubt this bike will find a place among the many road riders who seek a little more adventure, but based on the geometry and compliance figures, we suspect the Diverge could find another niche for those seeking greater ride comfort than the usual endurance road bikes.
The Diverge is pitched as being 80 percent focussed on road and 20 percent on dirt, and that’s exactly the type of riding it’s meant for – although speed is still a big part of its design.
80 percent focussed on road and 20 percent on dirt
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Specialized removed the Secteur from their 2015 range and replaced it with the Diverge. You could easily build up the Diverge in a number of ways, for commuting, touring, Audax even, a winter trainer with slick tyres or more off-road capability with treaded tyres.
Specialized Diverge – The All-Purpose Road Bike - MensJournal.com
While the Diverge may not be ready to race cyclocross or keep up with a full-suspension rig on harrowing trails, it offers a level of utility that's difficult to match with anything else from your local bike shop. It's a commuter, a winter bike, a gravel grinder, and even a capable mountain bike — it's all these things and still returns to pavement to perform like a pure road bike.