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  • Simon Wile

    No S works model for Aus? 4k is a bit steep for what it’s specced with and makes a base Sequoia all the more tempting.

    • Durianrider Vegano

      Sequoia and AWOL are the 2 adventure bikes that big S make. Why? You can actually put a proper adventure gear ration crankset on them aka 36/22.

      Im here in north west thailand and there is hills so steep that even motorbikes sometimes flip up there. Id like to see a non pro get up them with just a 1:1 ratio and still have a smile on their face xD

  • Sunny Ape

    Those triple bottle cage bolts are cool. Use the bottom set to lower the CoG when you’ve got two 750ml bottles in situ.

    And it comes in a gigantic 64cm / 678mm stack height version! Us Herman Munster types are impressed.

    • Coogs

      I can’t see that it has rear rack mounts though?

      • There’s a threaded eyelet in each dropout, above the thru-axle, but I couldn’t find any info on what kind of load it can bear. Perhaps it’s just an alternative for mounting fenders? There’s a second set of holes in the ends of the dropouts where the struts for a fender can be inserted with threaded holes for locking them into place.

      • James Huang

        One reason why Specialized opted for a traditional seatpost collar on the new Diverge (instead of the hidden one used on the CruX that supposedly allows for more seatpost flex) is that it’s compatible with this: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/116851

        You are correct; there are no upper frame bosses on the frame itself, but this takes care of that.

        • Coogs

          Aaah. Nice insight. Now i am interested. Shame the bike got heavier since the last version though.

  • Chris

    Another fantastically detailed review. Quality stuff.

    • Thanks, Chris. The tech team thrives on drilling down into a product. It adds to the time it takes to write the review but the results are always worth it.

      • James Huang

        Plus, it helps that both Matt and I each have a team of half a dozen interns to assist with the task. They’re not always happy about working 24/7/365 without a salary, but hey, that’s the price for getting into the business.

        • You have interns!??

          • James Huang

            Sorry, Matt, I’ve got a full dozen here so apparently I have all of yours, too.

  • Tommy Vercetti

    There is no better place like Cyclingtips for best reviews and best pictures ! Keep up the good job guys,reading you is a pleasure. Cheers from Sardinia, Italy

  • Emmett Fenlon

    Great detail and very informative Matt. The pictures, as always, are incredible. Well done.

  • winkybiker

    Good review. That seatpost mide make the ride more comfortable than a Bentley, but I’ll never know because there is no way one of those is going anywhere near any bike I own. Beyond ugly.

    • James Huang

      I had a lab test done last year when I was still at BikeRadar where I had them measure the effectiveness of various soft-riding seatposts. The Specialized one was ok, but if you’re after something like that, the one offered by Canyon is not only better looking, but works better, too.

      • winkybiker

        Thanks James, good to know. It might be an option for my new all-road commuter/winter/gravel/adventure bike I’m having made.

      • Wily_Quixote

        What about the thudbuster?

        It has 30mm of travel, which matches the front suspension on most suspended ‘adventure bikes’?

        Sure, it is still ugly but less hideous than the cblrgblr and closely matches the travel at the front end.

        • James Huang

          On paper, yes, the numbers might make more sense. But that seatpost is also much, much heavier than those other options.

          • Wily_Quixote

            Fair points but curious about performance, never having seen one in the flesh.

      • ebbe

        I can’t compare, because I’ve never used the Specialized one, but the Canyon Ergon one is great indeed. And it also looks much better than anything else! Just be VERY careful when using the Canyon/Ergon post in a frame with a wedge style seat post clamp. You’ll possibly dent the post and it will start slipping, which happened with mine after it was adjusted at a bike fitting. You can then either fill the dent with epoxy and hope for the best, or bin a very expensive piece of carbon fibre…




        To be fair to Canyon/Ergon: They specifically only recommend traditional clamp style

    • Simon Wile

      Its odd looking sure but it does work incredibly well. You don’t see it when you’re sitting on it ;) (I have 2 bikes with it love it so much)

      • winkybiker

        Yeah, but I still have to look at my bike before I get on it. It’s just not happening.

  • Schmuck123

    I have mixed feeling about the new Diverge. I am sure it is more comfortable and I love the extra tire clearance and the ability to run a 650Bx47 tires, however, it just looks goofy. Maybe we should get to the look as it appears that all specialized road bike will share the same look (Roubaix, Tarmac and Diverge).

    • dllm

      It’s not good looking, yes. But once you are onboard you will forget the look. The shock works very well.

  • Antonio Boškovi?

    that future shock looks ugly af

    • James Huang

      For sure, it’s not the most elegant thing ever seen on a bicycle. But to be fair, it does actually work quite well. Hopefully future iterations (no pun intended) will be a little more streamlined.

      • Karl

        And less “shock”ing..

    • johnny knows

      Hella ugly, I think it looks tacky.
      Instead of the rubber boot maybe they should use some variation of a suspension stanchion/seal and go for an oversized fork steerer and stem to give it a more classic and durable look.

  • Tan

    I can’t help but wonder why 9r instead of 10r, cost cutting perhaps? As with the CGR and FS, a stiffer but lighter carbon layout wouldn’t be a problem.

    And I wonder what’s the weight of the E5 Comp, and I noticed DSW is absent from all the aluminium models, another cost cutting? Or are they scrapping the DSW tag line

    • mrp33p3rs

      doubtful it saves any production cost. its for product differentiation to make people buy the s-works.

  • Stephen Kidd

    I’m surprised that the stack height is greater than the AWOL. Stack height usually measures the frame only, but I suspect that given the future shock should be considered part of the frame, then it should be included in the stack. Is that what is happening here? Even then, I’m surprised – it doesn’t look as tall as the AWOL.

    • The numbers for the head tube length and stack include the Future Shock set at its lowest in the fork.

  • Velt

    Matt/James opinion on the RS505 shifters + brakes?

    • James Huang

      Visually, I find them borderline offensive. But as far as my hands are concerned, they’re actually quite comfy, and they work well, too. No rattling as far as I’ve been able to tell, either.

      The hoods are quite long, though, so you just have to make sure they work for you.

    • In functional terms, they’re good. The hoods look a lot bigger than how the feel in the hand though they add a bit to the reach of the bars. The reach to the lever blades is adjustable. There’s very little movement in the blades, at least for new units, so no rattling around. Braking is good though the adjustment for free throw is pretty insensitive.

      Shifting is good though upshifts for the rear derailleur are limited to just two cogs. The downshift lever feels quite vague to me.

      Form factor is where they fall down for me, too. When combined with the shifter inadequacies, I’d opt to pay more for 685s.

      • Velt

        I put RS505s on my commuter a while back. Was just interested in both your opinions. I mostly echo your sentiments, they are much more comfy than they appear to be. They fit my hands much better than my Di2 Hydro shifters on my other bike.

        I would’ve gone 685s but the price difference was too great at the time I was buying them!

  • Joseph Dowski

    Not sure about anyone else but really missing an Ultegra build? Mechanic at my LBS thought perhaps Specialized might add one when the new Ultegra groupset finally drops. Wishful thinking?

    • James Huang

      It’s not unusual for models and specs to change mid-season. As Ultegra becomes available OEM, I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t one added to the lineup at some point.

  • peterkrogh

    Matt! Thanks for the grossly-detailed review. I unexpectedly was given a Comp by my luscious wife tonight for my birthday and can hardly wait to take it for a spin tomorrow. Your review will help me focus on the things I can change and the things that are “free gift with purchase.”

  • Tan

    Hmm, so with the geo changes and such, how does the new Diverge feel on regular road surfaces now? The original Diverge was like a 80/20 (road/gravel), the new one seems more like a 50/50?

    • I reckon it will swing depending on the interests of the rider. There’s room to justify a second set of wheels (27.5″ with the widest possible tyres would be my choice) to maximise the scope of the bike.

      • Tan

        True, though I would like to hear how does a more upright position do on road as an Endurance geometry frame is comfort enough for most.

        And I would like to know the weight of the Diverge Comp and Comp E5 as well

        • I don’t believe in “endurance” versus “race” geometry, or any other class that marketers have created. Yes, there is range of geometry types on the market, but I only judge them in terms of how readily I can achieve my preferred position on the bike. The Diverge proved to be much too tall and much too short, but with a reasonably long inverted stem (-45°), I was able to get pretty close to my ideal position, and I was able to pedal the bike efficiently, on- or off-road. A bike should fit the rider, not the other way around, so I don’t see any point in judging the position that you might end up with just by sitting on the bike.

          Sorry, I don’t have a weight for the E5 comp, but it’s like to be heavier than the 9.22kg that I measured for the Carbon Comp reviewed here.

          • Tan

            > reasonably long inverted stem (-45°)

            Wow, that will make it one weird looking bike, haha.

            And definitely agree with you on the ‘a bike should fit the rider’ as I’m now deciding between the new Diverge or Roubaix as I’ll be riding it on less than ideal roads (some of it a mixture of on and off roads), so Future Shock is a must for me.

            I’m not racing, so weight shouldn’t be a priority, coming from MTB background, hydros is a definite.

            And I’m still deciding if I’ll ever use the extra clearance Diverge provides if I choose to go for more dirt track rides or will semi-slick 32C be enough.

  • abba

    Do you know the weight of E5 it’s probably lighter than the carbon due to no future shock. If only the E5 had the same tire clearance, specialised what were you thinking ?

    • Tan

      Future shock weighs at 200g, so that’s the only weight difference you’ll see frame wise besides that alu frames generally are 200-400g heavier then their carbon counterparts.

  • nikokk

    I personally found this new version to be much prettier compared to previous Diverge. I wonder how that future shock handles when the handlebar is fully loaded with travel gear load?

    • Tan

      you’ll probably want to change to the stiffest spring to offset the added weight, but I guess there’s a limit to how much additional luggage you can add to the handlebars.

  • BiggJilm

    I am looking for an entry level adventure bike that can double as my bikepacking rig on week long rail trail jaunts. Is this a capable bike for such an endeavor?

  • Cal C

    Looking at one in the shop today and was surprised to find that the weird headset cap turns with the handlebars, exposing the ‘hidden part’ of the frame. It looks a bit like wearing a baseball hat backwards.


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