Gravel grinding and adventure cycling are at the front of the zeitgeist for the cycling industry. Stretches of dirt road and pea-gravel-laden switchbacks are the dream scenario for many cyclists today. In following that trend, Specialized has redesigned its Diverge adventure bike using some of the most innovative tech it has developed to date — most notably, a shock absorber in the headtube and a 35mm seat post dropper.
The headtube shock-absorbing technology is called Future Shock, which is actually a bit humorous considering shock absorbing stems have been around for some time (ever heard of Softride?). It first debuted in the Specialized Roubaix, but has been refined even more for the Diverge. Instead of using a linear spring like the Roubaix (designed to absorb small road chatter), the Diverge’s main spring is progressive, or more like a mountain bike shock, and ramps up as you go through the 20mm of travel. Additionally, the Diverge comes with a storage compartment above the bottom bracket with room for a tube, CO2 inflator and cartridge, valve extender, muti-tool, and tire lever. To power through the gravel and help soak up even more road chatter, the Diverge comes standard with 38mm tires.
The new Specialized Diverge is available starting at $1,150, but if you want all of the bells and whistles — including the dropper post — you’ll have to shell out $9,000 for the S-Works version.