The 2023 Specialized Diverge STR Expert Gravel Bike delivers compliance without compromise. By suspending the rider—instead of the bike—Future Shock technology increases control and efficiency while decreasing fatigue, so you’ll be riding farther and faster over chunkier terrain than you believed possible. And the Diverge STR does this without the weight, sluggish pedal response, and inefficiency of other suspension systems. The Diverge STR Expert starts with a FACT 11r carbon frameset with front and rear Future Shock suspension.
It’s built with SRAM’s Rival eTap AXS Eagle groupset for fast, efficient shifting with a 10-50 cassette to ensure you have the gearing to tackle any ride. The bike rolls on the Roval Terra C wheels with 42mm Tracer Pro tyres. Adventure Gear alloy handlebars, an S-Works carbon seatpost, and Power Expert saddle complete the package making the Diverge STR the most capable Diverge ever.
Gravel riders who want to tackle the roughest trails at speed. With Future Shock technology you can keep the power down for longer.
Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are now dozens of gravel bike events around the UK and a growing number of long distance cycling routes designed with gravel bikes in mind. In this gravel bike buying guide we’ll take you through the main things to consider when picking a gravel bike.
The main appeal of gravel bikes is versatility,. You can use them on normal roads but they’ll also work great on forest roads, old railway lines and farm tracks. So you can go for a ride off-road, avoiding cars and traffic, but link it with sections of tarmac as well. Of course you can do this on a mountain bike but a gravel bike will generally be faster and lighter. This also means you can cover some big distances when touring. A lot of gravel bike riders are road cyclists who want to get away from traffic.
As gravel bikes often get used for touring and bikepacking most will come with mounting points for bags. This luggage capacity combined with speed, and ability to handle mixed surfaces, means that gravel bikes are also extremely popular for commuting on.
Gravel bikes are very popular for commuting. We sell lots of them on the cycle to work scheme. One of our biggest stores for gravel bike sales is our Greenwich shop in London. They're mainly selling them for commuting around central London on. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of commuting on a gravel bike and answer the question ‘are gravel bikes good for commuting?’
Gravel bikes are fast, nearly as quick as a standard road bike. They are certainly quicker on the road than most mountain bikes and many hybrids. That means you can get to work, and home, in the shortest time possible. But what makes gravel bikes so good for commuting is that they are extremely versatile. They can be ridden on tarmac, cycle paths, old railway lines, canal towpaths, and even off-road trails. So, it’s easy to mix it up on your commute and avoid traffic.
Another big advantage of commuting on a gravel bike is that they're generally more comfortable than road bikes. This is because they have wider tyres and longer wheelbases, which results in a smoother and more stable ride. So you don’t get bounced around as much on rough roads. Most gravel bikes have a fairly upright riding position which makes it easier to see what’s going on in traffic. The combination of stable handling and the comfortable riding position is a massive confidence boost for the rider, especially on wet roads.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
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|Frame||Diverge FACT 11r carbon frameset with front and rear Future Shock suspension, SWATâ„¢ Door integration, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||Future Shock 2.0 w/ Damper, Smooth Boot, FACT carbon, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount|
|Handlebars||Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12Âº flare|
|Stem||Future Stem, Comp|
|Tape||Supacaz Super Sticky Kush|
|SeatPost||S-Works Carbon Seat Post, 20mm Offset|
|Seat Binder||Specialized Alloy, 33.3mm|
|Front Brake||SRAM Rival eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Rival eTAP AXS, hydraulic disc|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle AXS, w/ battery cover|
|Shift Levers||SRAM Rival eTap AXS|
|Cassette||SRAM NX Eagle PG-1230, 12-speed, 11-50t|
|Crankset||SRAM Rival 1 Wide|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB BSA 68|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Front Wheel||Roval Terra C, 25mm inner width carbon rim, 32mm depth, NEW DT 370 hub, 24h, DT Swiss Comp Race spokes|
|Rear Wheel||Roval Terra C, 25mm inner width carbon rim, 32mm depth, NEW DT 370 Star Ratchet hub, 24h, DT Swiss Comp Race spokes|
|Front Tire||Tracer Pro 2BR, 700x42|
|Rear Tire||Tracer Pro 2BR, 700x42|
|Inner Tubes||Presta valve, 48mm|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Power Expert, titanium rails|
|SWAT||Integrated SWAT door, internal storage system|
|Colours||Satin Black/Diamond Dust, Satin Harvest Gold/Gold Ghost Pearl|
|Sizes||49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Barcodes||888818803743, 888818804467, 888818804634, 888818804665, 888818804672, 888818804733, 888818804740, 888818804825, 888818805037, 888818805082, 888818805204, 888818805266|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||96223-3049, 96223-3052, 96223-3054, 96223-3056, 96223-3058, 96223-3061, 96223-3149, 96223-3152, 96223-3154, 96223-3156, 96223-3158, 96223-3161|
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