If you like riding the road, but want to explore new routes, the Specialized Diverge is perfect road bike, for however loosely the word “road” is used. Specialized has continually pushed road bike design in exciting directions that make getting out for a ride more fun than ever before. The Roubaix has been proven to be a fast and comfortable bike for the spring classics, or Midwest roads that are a little rough around the edges. Recent interest in cyclocross and gravel riding have made bikes like the Crux and formerly the Tricross the focus of a lot of riders, but they’re for distinct styles of riding. The motivation behind the Diverge, as Specialized puts it, is that it’s for “When the road less traveled is still too crowded.” On-road performance is critical to the design of this bike so whatever the surface you find yourself on, the fun doesn’t stop.
Available in aluminum and carbon fiber models, there’s a Diverge for any intrepid explorer. Some features that make the diverge unique are disc brakes for consistent stopping power whatever the terrain or conditions, fender mounts, expanded tire clearance for 35C wide tires (32c with fenders) and endurance geometry to keep you comfortable in the saddle all day long. So if you’re considering gravel events like the Almanzo, Filthy 50, Barry Roubaix, or any of the other myriad of gravel events in the upper Midwest, or you want to explore new roads, look to the Diverge. See the models below.