Wider tyres are obviously a big part of adventure bikes, and
with 40mm tyres, a commonly accepted happy medium between providing
cushioning and grip on gravel and dirt roads and rolling speed on
the road, Specialized has increased tyre clearance from 35 to 45mm.
It'll also take a 650bx47mm wheel and tyre as well if you want to
go down the Road Plus route.
As well as tackling rough and varied terrain, adventure bikes
are also popular with cyclists that demand a bit more versatility
from their bikes. We can see the Diverge being popular with
cyclists that want a comfortable long distance bike, a suitable
bike for taking on short tours or pan-European adventures, or the
For added practicality, Specialized has also added concealed
mudguard mounts, rack mounts if you don't want to go down the
bikepacking route, and also integrated the optional Swat Box
concept from its Roubaix. This small box nestles in the bottom of
the frame and is used to store tools and spare tubes. It's an
interesting alternative to a saddle pack but its looks are
decisive, to say the least.
The Diverge range is going to include eight models priced from
£799 for the aluminium version up to £8,500 for the range-topping
S-Works edition. You can also buy the S-Works frameset for £3,500
if you want to build your own specification bike.