As part of the emerging adventure road bike market, the Specialized Diverge is designed as an all-round road bike that’s capable of taking you off the beaten track. Wider 28c tyres, powerful all-weather disc brakes and stable geometry make the Diverge a highly versatile machine that isn’t constrained like regular road bikes are. In some ways, you could view the Diverge as a Roubaix on steroids, with a little more strength and stability that makes it a better choice if your riding takes you onto dirt roads more often than not. The fact that you can fit mudguards and racks to the Diverge only enhances its versatility, and with the ability to fit two water bottle cages and any other strap-on bags you need, it’s the ideal machine for lightweight bike-packing adventures.
Being a Specialized, the Diverge is still a high performance machine even if it isn’t quite an S-Works Tarmac. Specialized have built the Diverge with a lightweight A1 premium alloy tubeset, and pair it to a FACT carbon fibre fork to help mitigate road vibrations. Alloy Specialized finishing kit helps to keep weight down, as do the smooth-rolling Roval wheels. The best aspect of the Diverge however is its versatility. Use it as a winter road training bike, or fit on wider rubber again and make it your daily commuter. Prefer forest tracks and backcountry fireroads? Swap in some knobblier tyres, fit a sleeping bag on the bars and start planning an overnight camping ride so you can get deep into the wilderness to escape it all.