The Women's Diverge Comp has been designed from the bottom-up to be a fully-fledged exploration machine. It's also as adept at crushing dirt climbs as it is cruising to the coffee shop or hopping into a local group ride. And while it might sound cliché in a landscape of bike claims chocked full with hyperbole, the Diverge Comp truly is one bike that does it all.
The Diverge frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm tires with plenty of room for mud, too. Weight was a large factor in the development, so Specialized took some design cues from the Roubaix with a FACT 9r carbon frame that's one of the lightest in the category.
Specialized opted for a new Open Road Geometry. We know what you're thinking, "it's just another marketing term," but they truly did develop an entirely new geometry. 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-centimeter 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.
There's only so much that wider tires with lower pressures can absorb, so Specialized implemented a new version of the Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease, but provides 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, 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.
Specialized topped it off with three water bottle mounts and mounts for racks and fenders. So while it's one of the most smile-inducing bikes you'll ever shred fire roads on, it's equally adept at bike packing, commuting, or even a spin to your local brewery. For the spec, Specialized wanted to make sure that it shifted crisply and braked smoothly mile after mile, so you'll find a Shimano 105 groupset, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and an Axis Elite wheelset. Every touchpoint of the bike is also tailored specifically for women, from the handlebar width to the crankarm length to the renowned Myth Comp saddle.
|Frame||Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat mount disc, BB386|
|Fork||Specialized FACT carbon, flat mount disc|
Front: 12x100mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Axis Elite Disc|
|Tires||Specialized Trigger Pro, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 700x38mm|
|Crankset||Praxis Alba 2D|
|Chain||KMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 Ez, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105, 11-speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t|
|Shifters||Shimano RS505 disc|
|Handlebars||Specialized Comp Hover Bar, 6061 alloy, 70x125mm w/ Di2 hole|
|Tape/Grips||S-Wrap w/ Sticky gel|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano RS505 disc|
|Brakes||Shimano RS505, hydraulic disc|
|Saddle||Myth Comp, Thin, 155mm, Hollow Cr-Mo|
|Seat Post||Specialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm|
* Subject to change without notice.