2021 Specialized Diverge Sport Carbon

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2021 Specialized Diverge Sport Carbon
Travel20mm front
ForkSpecialized Future Shock 1.5

GroupsetGRX 800, GRX 600

BrakesHydraulic Disc
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Stu Kerton

Proper gravel racer that belies its weight, and a blast to ride – plus the SWAT storage is a touch of class

  • Excellent handling for tackling trails at speed

  • Future Shock 2.0 gives controllable damping

  • Large tyre clearance

  • Such a fun ride

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The Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon is a hugely versatile carbon gravel bike that could be turned to almost any task

  • The Future Shock 2.0 is super-effective at smoothing big hits and rough roads

  • Modern geometry contributes to super-stable ride quality

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  • Oodles of mounts boost versatility

  • Lots of tyre clearance

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Rupert Radley

The Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon could be the perfect do-it-all bike for those seeking on road fun and off road thrills

  • Good carbon frame

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  • Perfect blend of on road performance and off road capability

  • Tyres comprise its off-road competency

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Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon in bikepacking review

Benjamin Topf

Bike giant Specialized sent us the Diverge Expert for our bikepacking group test. Designed as a gravel bike, it's been a talking point among bikepacking greats like Lael Wilcox since its introduction. Does it have what it takes to win our group test?

  • High level of comfort

  • Very composed

  • Maximum efficiency at cruising speed

  • SWAT box in the down tube

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Specialized Diverge FACT 8r carbon, Future Shock suspension, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

BB StandardBSA, 68mm, Threaded

ColorsSatin Cast Blue Metallic / Ice Blue/chrome/clean; Gloss Forest Green / Ice Papaya/chrome/wild Ferns; Gloss Brassy Yellow / Sunset Yellow/chrome/clean


Future Shock 1.5 w/Smooth Boot, FACT carbon, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount

Bottom Bracket

Shimano 68mm threaded


Future Stem, Comp


Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare


Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails


Carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm

Rear Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, 11-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano GRX RX810, braze-on


Shimano GRX RX600


Shimano GRX-600 hydraulic brake levers, mechanical shifting


Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t


Shimano GRX 400


Front: DT Swiss G540 rim, 24mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples, Rear: DT Swiss G540 rim, 24mm inner width, tubeless ready, 24h, Specialized full sealed bearing thru axle hub, centerlock disc, alloy freehub body, DT Swiss Champion 14G stainless steel spokes, DT Swiss brass nipples


Front: Pathfinder Sport, 700x38mm, Rear: Pathfinder Sport, 700x38mm

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