If you’re like us, the last thing that you want is your bike holding you back from having the ride of your life. If you see rough roads or flowy singletrack, we want you to ride it, not think, “That looks fun, but I can't do it on this bike.” We're tyred of our fun being restricted, and that's why we developed the new Diverge Expert X1. Now, you can get out there and not only explore new roads, but entyrely new rides—we promise that the bike won’t be a limiting factor.
The Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs, we took your number one request into account—tyre clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm (or 650b x 47mm) tyres with plenty of room for mud, too. Along with tyre clearance, weight was a large factor in the development, and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix, we developed a FACT 9r carbon frame that’s one of the lightest in its category.
Next up, we moved away from a traditional ‘cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn’t been seen before—our Open Road Geometry. 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 geo features a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimetre lower than the previous Diverge, a slacked-out head tube angle, short chainstays, and a short wheelbase. These changes make for a bike that's not only fun in the dirt, but also performs well on the road.
And while riding gravel and dirt roads on a road bike may add to the adventure, there’s only so much that wider tyres with lower pressures can absorb, in terms of bumps. With this in mind, we implemented a new version of our Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but 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. Unlike the original Future Shock (found on the Roubaix), the Diverge's version features a progressive spring that makes this technology more suitable for off-road applications, where stiffer suspension is often needed to soak-up larger bumps and obstacles.
To add to its multifaceted talents, we topped it off with three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and our Road SWAT™ kit that fits a tube, CO2, CO2 head, valve extender, and money clip. So while it’s one of the most smile-inducing bikes you’ll ever ride, it’s equally adept at commuting or even bikepacking. And for the spec, we made a no-compromise build, with a full SRAM Force 1 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, Roval C38 carbon wheels, and fast-rolling 700x38mm Sawtooth tyres.
- The FACT 9r carbon frame features our adventure-bound Open Road Geometry, Future Shock Progressive suspension with 20mm of travel, and front/rear thru-axles, making it the ultimate tool for your next adventure.
- The lightweight FACT carbon fork is plenty stiff, aiding in handling and a light overall weight.
- Yep, that's right—carbon wheels on an Expert-level bike. The Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels bring performance to the masses. They're lightweight, durable, and ready for your next adventure.
- Tech Specs
Frame Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc, BB386 Fork Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle Stem Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt Handlebars Specialized Adventure Gear Hover; 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12d flare Tape S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel Front Brake SRAM Force, flat-mount disc Rear Brake SRAM Force, flat-mount disc Rear Derailleur SRAM Force 1, long cage Shifters SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc w/ ICJ Bottom Bracket Praxis, PF30 Cassette SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t Chain KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™ Crankset Praxis Zayante carbon 1X - 40T Front Wheel Roval C38 Disc Rear Wheel Roval C38 Disc Front Tyre Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm Rear Tyre Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm Inner Tubes Presta valve, 48mm Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Expert, Adaptive Edge design, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm Seatpost S-Works CG-R, FACT carbon fiber, single-bolt, 27.2mm
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