Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Diverge. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- There are builds of the Diverge available with aluminum and carbon frames.
- There is a version of the bike available for almost every budget.
- The Future Shock is a micro-suspension system that offers 20mm of travel to riders. This is included on most builds.
- The Diverge is versatile. It is designed to travel paved and gravel roads. It’s also capable of exploring smooth singletrack.
- Higher-end aluminum models and carbon models of the bike have the Cobble Gobbler seat post that dampens road chatter in the rear.
- With mounts for up to three water bottles, riders can cover a great distance in one ride.
- There are mounts for racks and fenders. These allow riders to use the Diverge for their daily commute or a bikepacking trip.
- The internally routed cables are aesthetically pleasing.
- A low bottom bracket allows riders to corner confidently.
- The Sawtooth Sport tires excel on pavement and firm gravel roads.
- The drop bars have a 12° flare. This provides riders with a comfortable position for long days in the saddle and allows riders to maneuver the Diverge with ease.
- Specialized covers their paintwork with a protective finish to prevent damage from stray rocks when exploring backroads.
- One expert confirmed it’s possible to utilize aerobars with the Future Shock intact.
- Testers were pleased with the bike's maximum tire clearance. One can run a 700c x 42mm or 650b x 47mm wheel and tire setup on the bike.
5 reasons not to buy
- The bike is not as efficient as a road bike. One tester swapped their wheelset for road tires and wheels and found the bike was slower than their normal road bike.
- The Sawtooth Sport tires struggle on loose and rocky terrain.
- Riders climbing in the standing position with the Future Shock may experience pedal bob.
- The bike comes standard with a 2x setup. Some testers expressed they would have preferred a 1x setup.
- The low bottom bracket sets riders up for frequent pedal strikes navigating rough terrain.
Expert Reviews76/100 based on 5 expert reviews
Specialized Men’s Diverge
The latest Specialized Diverge is very impressive to ride. It’s a racer that absolutely flies on the gravel, whose quick handling and relatively short wheelbase makes it a flickable bike with loads of feedback when you’ve got the bit between your teeth.
Specialized Diverge Sport Review
The Sport model we tested is a budget-friendly carbon model that brings some unique features to the table and has an especially comfortable ride quality thanks to their unique Future Shock front suspension and a compliant composite seat post that help to smooth out the ride.