Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Specialized Diverge Comp 2020 - my review

Old 12-03-19, 05:43 AM
  #1  
sweetspot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 63 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Specialized Diverge Comp 2020 - my review

Hello,

as you may already know I run a gravelbikes.cc project where I test different bike part and whole bikes to find out how comfortable they really are. This time I got the chance to test a new 2020 carbon Specialized Diverge comp and I must say that for me, mostly thanks to a Future Shock suspension, this is one of the most comfortable stock gravel bikes you can buy right now. Seriously, it beat my benchmark bike which is a steel Jamis Renegade Exploit equipped with a Lauf Grit SL suspension fork and a Redshift suspension stem (only rear of the SPec is less comfortable but when you put an Ergon CF3 / Canyon VCLS 2.0 seatpost and a comfy saddle like a Brooks C17 it transforms to a great comfy all arounder).

The downsides?

The position on the bike is quite high (due to the Future Shock), and the bottom bracket is hanging really low so pedals strikes are a common thing. And maybe... the lack of a Future Shock 2.0 (a more refined version of Spec's suspension this time with a hydraulic addition). Also, the 24 spokes DT wheels felt like a weak point, especially in terms of the front of the bike (Future Shock makes you ride every pothole just to see where is the limit of its suspension and while the Future Shock itself works great, the wheel takes all the beating).



If you have any questions about this bike or my review please just ask me. I am happy to answer.

https://gravelbikes.cc/tests/special...p-2020-review/



greetings!
sweetspot is offline  
Old 12-03-19, 03:06 PM
  #2  
Bryan C. 
nothing to see here
 
Bryan C.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Antioch, CA
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 131 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 15 Posts
The Diverge isn't a very popular bike around here. To be honest, the Diverge is geared more to the road bike end of the gravel spectrum. Most people around here prefer more off road oriented gravel bikes.

I own a 2019 Diverge Expert model. I have aroubd 700 miles on it, mostly off road. Great bike and exactly what I wanted when I bought it. I have run everything from pavement to gravel, and even a fair share of singletrack with some technical rock gardens. I feel I have found the limits of the bike and although I am throughly impressed with the bike I am mindful of it's limitations. As you said pedal strikes are pretty common when the trails get technical. Learn to use the ratchet technique when needed and you can usually get through without much trouble.

My bike has 24 spoke carbon wheels. At 225 lbs I'm not a light rider and so far the wheels have held up just fine. Time will tell but I too think a 28 spoke wheel would be a better option.

The future shock is the biggest question mark on the bike. How long will it be available? How long until it needs to be replaced? I know there are service intervals and such but the only repair or service to be made is replacement. Last report I saw was somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 for a replacement part. I think it's a great system but overall I feel it is a liability as opposed to an asset.
Bryan C. is offline  
Old 12-14-19, 02:30 PM
  #3  
dualresponse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 14 Posts
Just bought a 2019 diverge. So far, so good. Like others, biggest concern is the "future shock". I've owned a bunch of softride flex stems, and forks, and I'm well aware how something so simple can get so much slop. First thing I did was pull it out to remove 5 feet of extra headset shims. I think in a worst case scenario, the future shock could be made rigid if replacements are not supported. The other thing I worry about is the 2.5mm headset tensioning screws and a 3mm band holding the fork/futureshock together. And then there's the mongo headset bearing races. Oh well.

It was between this and a trek checkpoint. I went with the diverge because I wanted to support a friend who owns a local bike shop. He got me a pretty good year end deal.

I think the trek has better clearance for wider tires, and the possibility for a rear rack, but the deal on the diverge was too good to pass up. The trek also has the elastomer junction between the seatube and the toptube/seatstay junction. How long is that going to last? Will that be supported?

We'll see.

Today's shakedown ride:

dualresponse is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.