The Diverge Expert has been designed by Specialized to tackle any adventure that you've got planned. The set up of the Diverge means that it's ready for all-terrain, be that simply road or a gravel trail, allowing you to switch between the two so you're not limited by where you can go. By featuring Specialized's FACT 9r carbon frame, the overall weight of the Diverge Expert is kept low whilst still maintaining a strong and durable base. The Geometry set up on the Diverge has been tailored towards a road version of a modern trail bike, giving it the ability to handle playful whilst still allowing you to predict its steering, ideal for performing dirt skids and mid-corner drifts as you travel along the trail. To further improve the Diverge, Specialized made the bottom bracket half a centimetre lower than on the previous model as well as slacking out the head tube angle, shortening the chainstays and also shorting the wheelbase all to allow for a solid performance that's equally impressive on both gravel and tarmac. The Expert model of the Diverge has been equipped with a SRAM Force 1xdrivetrain to not only lighten the load but to save you the hassle of chain dropping by removing the issues altogether. With a large cassette on the back, you've got a wide range of gears at hand ready to overcome any climb or keep you travelling at speed down any descent. With hydraulic disc brakes fitted, you've also got the ability to stay in control and brake sharply no matter the weather condition, all year round. Specialized's Future Shock technology has been built into the Diverge Expert to optimise your riding comfort by absorbing any bumps as you travel. Finally, this model of the Diverge has been fitted with a carbon fibre wheelset, the Roval C38 Disc's that have been wrapped with 700x38mm Pathfinder Pro tyres to maintain the Expert's high performance.
You can think of the Diverge's geometry as a road version of a modern trail bike. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts, but keeps stiffness up to snuff for your inner-racer. Along with a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimetre lower than the previous Diverge, we also slacked-out the head tube angle, shortened the chainstays, and made a shorter wheelbase. The result? A bike that performs equally well over both the dirt and road.
Everything You Need
Clearance for either 700x42mm or 650b x 47mm tires? Check. Three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and our Road SWAT™ kit. The Diverge not only has everything you need for pretty much any pedal-powered adventure—whether it's gravel racing, bikepacking, or weekend shredding—and does so at a frame weight that's close to today's high-end road bikes. Sure, you might be thinking more plaid flannel than Polka Dot Jersey, but you'll thank us on your next dirt climb.
There's only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb when it comes to bumps, but this is where Specialized's Future Shock comes into play. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but it also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That's because the wheelbase isn't lengthening when you hit a bump, so when you dive hard into a turn, you won't be surprised by under-steer or sloppy handling. The Diverge's version also gets a special treatment featuring 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.
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
Bottom Bracket - Praxis, PF30
Seat Binder - Diverge collar, alloy, 31.2mm
Front Wheel - Roval C38 Disc
Rear Wheel - Roval C38 Disc, XD Driver
Front & Rear Tyre - Pathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready, Transparent Sidewall, 700x38c
Inner Tubes - Presta valve, 48mm
Crankset - Praxis Zayante carbon 1X
Chainrings - 40T
Shift Levers - SRAM Force 1x hydraulic disc
Rear Derailleur - SRAM Force 1, long cage
Cassette - SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t
Chain - KMC X11 EL, 11-speed
Front & Rear Brake - SRAM Force, hydraulic disc, flat-mount calliper
Handlebars - Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare
Tape - Roubaix S-Wrap
Stem - Future Stem, Pro
Saddle - Body Geometry Power Expert, Hollow Titanium rails
Pedals - Specialized Dirt