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Specialized Women's Diverge Sport - 2019

Specialized Women's Diverge Sport
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With the Women's Diverge Sport, you'll be prepared for anything the road throws at you, from smooth tarmac to the most chewed-up tracks out there. It's packed with all the same technologies as its pricier cousins, only its spec places an emphasis on reliable performance, not components so flashy you'll be eating nothing but top ramen for months.

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.

Adding to its multifaceted talents, we topped it off with three water bottle mounts, plus mounts for racks and fenders. For the spec, we wanted to make sure that it shifted crisply and braked smoothly for years to come, so you'll find a Shimano 105 groupset, hydraulic disc brakes, and a DT R470 Disc wheelset. Every touchpoint of the bike is also tailored specifically for women, from the handlebar width to the crankarm length to the renowned Myth Sport saddle.

- 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, stiffness, and an overall low weight.
- 700x38mm Sawtooth Sport tires, with their sharp-edged tread pattern, hook up in the loose dirt, but keep rolling resistance as low as possible for on-road riding.

Specs

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
Axles Front: 100 x 12mm
Rear: 142 x 12mm
Wheels/Rims DT R470 Disc, sealed cartridge hubs, 14g spokes, 24h
Tires Sawtooth Sport, black, 700x38mm
Crankset Praxis Alba M30, PF30
Chainrings 48/32T
Bottom Bracket Praxis, PF30
Chain KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 R7000, braze-on
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 R7000, long cage, 11-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t
Shifters Shimano 105 R7020 hydraulic disc
Handlebars Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 12-degree flare
Tape/Grips S-Wrap Roubaix bar tape w/ sticky gel
Stem Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
Brakes Shimano 105 R7070, flat-mount disc
Pedals Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors
Saddle Women's Body Geometry Myth Sport, 155mm, thin, steel rails
Seat Post Carbon, single-bolt, 30.9mm

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