2018 Specialized Diverge – Seriously Fast, Shockingly Fun

2018 Specialized Diverge – Seriously Fast, Shockingly Fun

The all new Diverge is purpose-built for long, all-day rides over rough roads with an endurance-focused geometry, Future Shock suspension, and clearance for up to 700 x 42mm tires. Or, go 650b x 47mm for even more tread and farther out adventures.

The Specialized Diverge is a staff favorite at RCB and for good reason, our input helped launch the model a few years ago. The Diverge range has been completely updated and, no doubt, the most talked about new feature is the Future Shock suspension. It takes just one ride on the new Diverge to understand how much smoother and faster your riding can be with suspension. The range includes aluminum frame models as well Specialized’s FACT carbon construction.


Future Shock w/ Progressive Spring

Specially tuned with a stiffer spring rate for rough roads, this Future Shock gives you the feeling of floating over harsh terrain and of being glued to the tarmac on windy descents. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but it 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. And unlike the Future Shock found on the Roubaix, this version features a Progressive Spring that makes it more suitable for off-road applications, where stiffer suspension is often needed to soak-up larger bumps and obstacles.

All-New Geometry

Open Road Geometry crushes both dirt and road with confidence, featuring a lower BB, slacker head tube, and shorter chainstays. 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 geometry features a bottom bracket that’s over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge, too. Specialized also slacked-out the head tube angle, shortened the chainstays, and made a shorter wheelbase. So now, these changes make a bike that performs equally well over both the dirt and road.

Ready for Anything

With clearance for up to 700 x 42mm or 650b x 47mm tires, Plug + Play fender mounts, rack mounts, and SWAT™ / dropper post compatibility, the only thing limiting your ride is your imagination. The Diverge doesn’t fit neatly into one box. First and foremost it’s fun and always down for a good time. Of course, all of the aforementioned features make it pretty damn versatile, whether you’re out for a fast ride with the gang or solo epic on the dirt with fully loaded frame bags. Shockingly Fast. Seriously Fun.

Check our current availability here.