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Specialized Diverge Comp 2018

Specialized Diverge Comp 2018

  • Carbon version of the Specialized Diverge Comp
  • Shimano 105 shifting and hydraulic disc brakes
  • Contender for best all-rounder for the money

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Specialized Diverge Comp 2018

A top spec including Shimano 105-quality hydraulic disc brakes and STI 2x11 gearing helps you make the most of this go-anywhere carbon road bike.

This is the top of the range Specialized Diverge this side of the £8.5K S-Works model.

  • With its full FACT carbon frame with Future Shock suspension, the Diverge Comp takes some of the best ideas that made the Specialized Roubaix the 2017 Bike of the Year
  • Then subtly tweaked the design to make the Diverge Comp even more capable over more challenging mixed terrain
  • Specialized's Future Shock suspension features a 20mm-travel lightweight suspension cartridge, enclosed above the head tube and below the stem
  • Future Shock effectively isolates you, the rider, from shock when you ride over rough roads, gravel and tracks
  • Specialized introduced a new Diverge frame design for 2018, which they describe as Open Road Geometry
  • With its 72 degree head tube and 73.5 degree seat tube angles (size 54cm), its low bottom bracket, its short chainstays, its skinny, shock-absorbing drop seatstays and its short wheelbase, every 2018 Diverge combines the nippy, responsive steering of an authentic road bike with the confidence-inspiring sure-footed comfort of the best touring bikes
  • The full carbon fork perfectly matches the frame by offering that perfect blend of light weight, shock absorption and predictable point-and-shot steering
  • 12mm through-axles beef up the crucial wheel to frame / fork interface, whilst being as convenient and easy to use as traditional QR quick releases
  • Shimano 105 STI 2x11 shifters are the world's best sellers for good reason
  • The matching Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are a revelation - more on this
  • The 2018 Diverge frame features new brake caliper flat mounts for a neater look, more in keeping with a road bike's aesthetics
  • Extra frame clearance (compared with the Diverge E5 models) enables Specialized to upgrade their carbon Diverge bikes with higher volume Specialized Trigger Pro 700x38 folding tyres for an even more comfortable, stable ride over dodgy road and trail surfaces
  • These tyres offer further proof that fatter tyres on road bikes don't just improve comfort, they can also be faster. More on this.
  • This year's Diverge is built with mounts and clearance for full mudguards

Here's how Specialized describe the Specialized Diverge Comp

'The Diverge Comp has been designed from the bottom-up to be a fully-fledged exploration machine. But now, it's also equally adept at crushing dirt climbs as it is to 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.

With a completely redesigned frame, the new 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 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 the category.

Next up, we moved away from a traditional 'cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn't been seen before—Open Road Geometry. We know what you're thinking, "it's just another marketing term," but for the Diverge, we truly did develop an entirely new geometry. With a touch less hyperbole, 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-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.

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, 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.

Adding to its multifaceted talents, we topped it off with three water bottle mounts, plus 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.

The Diverge Comp is spec'd to keep you shifting crisply and braking smoothly mile after mile, with a Shimano 105 groupset, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and a tough Axis Elite wheelset.'

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Specialized Diverge Comp 2018 
FRAMESpecialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat mount disc, BB386
FORKSpecialized FACT carbon, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle
FRONT WHEELAxis Elite Disc
REAR WHEELAxis Elite Disc
INNER TUBES700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve w/ extender
FRONT TIRESpecialized Trigger Pro, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 700x38mm
REAR TIRESpecialized Trigger Pro, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 700x38mm
CRANKSETPraxis Alba 2D, BB386
CHAINRINGS48/32T
SHIFT LEVERSShimano RS505 disc
FRONT DERAILLEURShimano 105 braze-on
REAR DERAILLEURShimano 105, 11-speed
CASSETTEShimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32t
CHAINKMC X11EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
FRONT BRAKEShimano RS505, hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKEShimano RS505, hydraulic disc
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Comp Hover Bar, 6061 alloy, 70x125mm w/ Di2 hole
TAPES-Wrap  w/ Sticky gel
STEMSpecialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
SADDLEBody Geometry Phenom Comp, Adaptive Edge design, Hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
SEATPOSTSpecialized CG-R, FACT carbon, single-bolt, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 31.2mm
PEDALSNylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors

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