This latest iteration of the Specialized Diverge features
revised geometry, with a lower BB, shorter chainstays and a more
relaxed fork angle. All this adds up to a bike that isn't simply a
relabelled cyclocross frame, it's a dedicated "adventure" bike
that's intended for use off the beaten path, but also on the long
stretches of road in between.
Three sets of bottle mounts, plus mounting points for mudguards
and racks, mean that this is as ready for bikepacking adventures as
it is for a multi-terrain winter training ride.
The Diverge frameset is engineered for a smooth ride, with the
FutureShock suspension at the headset providing 20mm of travel, but
we've gone further here and equipped this bike with an Ergon CF3
The CF3 is a carbon post using a 'leaf spring' design (with two
pivot points running on bushings) to give an extra level of shock
absorption. This is a fantastic way to add extra comfort without
excess weight (the post typically weighs around 220g) and without
compromising on performance (they are as popular on road race bikes
as they are on gravel/adventure).
photos by Bence Bujaki