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Men's Diverge Expert X1

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2019 Men's Diverge Expert X1

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 tired 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 entirely 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—tire clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm tires or 650b x 47mm tires. Along with tire 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-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 tires 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 tires.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

FRAME

Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc, BB386

SUSPENSION

FORK

Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle

COCKPIT

HANDLEBARS

Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12d flare

STEM

Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

TAPE

S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel

SADDLE

Body Geometry Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm

SEATPOST

S-Works CG-R, FACT carbon fiber, single-bolt, 27.2mm

SEAT BINDER

Diverge collar for carbon frames

BRAKES

REAR BRAKE

SRAM Force, flat-mount disc

FRONT BRAKE

SRAM Force, flat-mount disc

DRIVETRAIN

SHIFT LEVERS

SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc w/ ICJ

REAR DERAILLEUR

SRAM Force 1, long cage

CASSETTE

SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t

CRANKSET

Praxis Zayante carbon 1X

CHAINRINGS

40T

BOTTOM BRACKET

BB386 Evo

CHAIN

KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

WHEELS & TIRES

FRONT WHEEL

Roval C38 Disc

REAR WHEEL

Roval C38 Disc

REAR HUB

LU HAI RVT50L-K5-B17-AN2-N4-F1,TUBELESS VALVE STEM FOR WC007.

FRONT TIRE

Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm

REAR TIRE

Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm

INNER TUBES

Presta valve, 48mm

ACCESSORIES

PEDALS

Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/reflectors

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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Crank Length170mm170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm175mm175mm
Handlebar Width400mm420mm420mm420mm440mm440mm440mm
Stem Length80mm90mm100mm100mm110mm110mm120mm
Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm400mm400mm400mm400mm450mm
Stack569mm574mm592mm613mm639mm662mm678mm
Reach360mm367mm373mm379mm385mm392mm401mm
Head Tube Length90mm95mm108mm128mm155mm178mm194mm
Head Tube Angle70.8°71°71.9°72.5°72.5°72.8°73°
BB Height265mm265mm265mm265mm265mm265mm265mm
BB Drop85mm85mm85mm85mm85mm85mm85mm
Trail64mm62mm62mm58mm58mm56mm55mm
Fork Length, Full390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm390mm
Fork Rake/Offset55mm55mm50mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
Front Center593mm599mm597mm604mm618mm629mm641mm
Chainstay Length419mm419mm421mm421mm421mm421mm423mm
Wheelbase997mm1004mm1004mm1011mm1025mm1036mm1049mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal524mm532mm549mm561mm575mm589mm609mm
Bike Standover Height704mm726mm752mm776mm801mm815mm846mm
Seat Tube Length405mm440mm473mm500mm525mm555mm585mm
Seat Tube Angle74°74°73.5°73.5°73.5°73.5°73°
Geometry

Rider Reviews

  • 4.3
  • 4 Reviews

WOW

After buying my Roubaix comp, i thought i had found the most comfortable all round bike for me... not anymore! This Diverge is insane! Without question this is my go to ride. I sold my trek fuel ex 8 because this bike is all i want to ride now on gravel and local trails. I fear that my Roubaix will spend way too much time in the garage as well due to the fact that the Diverge rides so well on pavement -it absorbs everything. No, it's not as fast as my Roubaix, but i'm more concerned with comfort not speed. From years of riding and an old injury, my pelvic nerves are shot. on most bikes i'm finished after a few hours, but i have yet to experience the same problems with both the Roubaix and especially the Diverge. Thanks Specialized, you've kept me on the road!


Name:
John C.

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Air release in rim

Bike handles well. But beware if running tubeless with the Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels they are equipped with a hole in the rim beneath the nipple outlet so if you are on course and need to inflate you will need a tube as the air from the pump goes out the hole.


Name:
David

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Perfect allrounder

Love, love, love this bike! Butter smooth, ""plush"" ride on road and gravel; handles like a race bike, but waaaayyyy more comfortable setup and ride quality. 1x gears setup is clean, simple/minimalist and leaves less that can go wrong mechanically. Looks killer too; lots of compliments from others! Well executed Specialized.


Name:
Bluelion

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