Diverge Expert - 2018
If you're like us, the last thing that you want is your bike holding you back from having the ride of your life. If you see rough roads or flowy singletrack, we want you to ride it, not think, "That looks fun, but I can't do it on this bike." We're tired of our fun being restricted, and that's why we developed the new Diverge Expert. Now, you can get out there and not only explore new roads, but entirely new rides—we promise that the bike won't be a limiting factor.
With a completely redesigned frame, the new Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs, we took your number one request into account—tire clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm tires with plenty of room for mud, too. Along with tire clearance, weight was a large factor in the development, and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix, we developed a FACT 9r carbon frame that's one of the lightest in the category.
Next up, we moved away from a traditional 'cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn't been seen before—Open Road Geometry. We know what you're thinking, "it's just another marketing term," but for the Diverge, we truly did develop an entirely new geometry. With a touch less hyperbole, you can think of it as a road version of modern trail bike geometry. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts. The geo features a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge, a slacked-out head tube angle, short chainstays, and a short wheelbase. These changes make for a bike that's not only fun in the dirt, but also performs well on the road.
And while riding gravel and dirt roads on a road bike may add to the adventure, there's only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb, in terms of bumps. With this in mind, we implemented a new version of our Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That's because the wheelbase isn't lengthening when you hit a bump, so the front end of the Diverge keeps the same effective head tube angle. In other words, when you dive hard into a turn, you won't be surprised by under steer or sloppy handling. Unlike the original Future Shock, the Diverge's version features 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.
To add to its multifaceted talents, we topped it off with three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and our Road SWAT™ kit that fits a tube, CO2, CO2 head, valve extender, and money clip. So while it's one of the most smile-inducing bikes you'll ever ride, it's equally adept at commuting or even bikepacking.
The Diverge Expert features a no compromise build, with a full SRAM Force 1 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, Roval SLX 24 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs, and fast-rolling 700x38mm Trigger Pro tires.
- The FACT 9r carbon frame features our adventure-bound Open Road Geometry, Future Shock Progressive suspension with 20mm of travel, and front/rear thru-axles, making it the ultimate tool for your next adventure.
- The lightweight FACT carbon fork is plenty stiff, aiding in handling, rigidity, and an overall light weight.
- The fast-rolling, 2Bliss Ready Trigger Pro tires are perfect for adventure. The fast-rolling center keeps resistance low on the road, while the shoulder knobs dig into corners in the dirt. And with this 2Bliss Ready design, you're able to run lower pressures for more grip & traction, while all but eliminating the risk of pinch flats.
SEAT BINDER Alloy, 31.2mm FORK Specialized FACT carbon, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle FRAME Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat mount disc, BB386 BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM BB386, 68mm, no spacer CHAIN KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™ CRANKSET SRAM Force 1 CASSETTE SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t SHIFT LEVERS SRAM Force 1 hydraulic, 11-speed CHAINRINGS 42T X-Sync REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM Force 1, long cage, 11-speed SADDLE Body Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm TAPE S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel SEATPOST S-Works FACT carbon, 20mm offset HANDLEBARS Specialized Expert Hover, alloy, 75x125mm STEM Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise FRONT BRAKE SRAM Force, hydraulic disc REAR BRAKE SRAM Force, hydraulic disc PEDALS Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors INNER TUBES 700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve w/ extender FRONT TYRE Specialized Trigger Pro, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 700x38mm REAR TYRE Specialized Trigger Pro, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 700x38mm