While real fun starts where the road ends, you still need a bike that'll get you there—one bike that shreds flowy singletrack and crushes through road miles with equal authority. And sure, some have tried to make their 'cross bikes more "road-capable" (whatever that means), and others have made their road bikes more "adventure-ready," but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two. The S-Works Diverge redefines the possibilities for adventure on a drop-bar bike.
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 700 x 42mm 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 sub-900-gram FACT 11r carbon frame that's one of the lightest in the category. Actually, it's pretty damn light, even if your intent was more Polka Dot Jersey than hunter's plaid flannel.
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. We handpicked the spec for the lightest, most unique build on any adventure bike. We left the shifting and braking up to Shimano, but did so in a non-traditional way. We paired an XTR Di2 derailleur with R785 Di2 shifters and hydraulic disc brakes. We then added an Easton EC90 SL Carbon crankset, featherweight Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels, and topped it off with our carbon Command Post XCP that features 35mm of travel.
- The S-Works FACT 11r 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 S-Works FACT carbon fork is plenty stiff, aiding in handling, stiffness, and an overall low weight.
- The Roval CLX 32 wheelset has the perfect balance of light weight, durability, and aerodynamics. It's stiff enough for sprinting, strong enough for abuse, and its CeramicSpeed bearings keep things silky-smooth.
Electronic drivetrain systems deliver excellent shifting, easy set up, and solid battery life. Here are some benefits of electronic shifting that you don't want to miss.
Electronic shifting systems use powerful servo motors to rapidly shift the chain. Because microprocessors and sensors constantly monitor every aspect of the system, they shift with surgical precision and without chain rub.
Many major systems have customizable shifting. Some have the ability to add remote shifters for common riding positions, and some even allow you to change the functions of the shifting buttons.
Electronic groupsets are responsive and consistent. There are no cables to stretch and wear out, so you get a flawless shift every time. The added bonus is you'll never have to replace a derailleur cable ever again.
|Frame||S-Works FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||S-Works FACT carbon, flat-mount disc|
Front: 12x100mm thru-axle
Rear: 12x142mm thru-axle
|Wheels/Rims||Roval CLX 32 Disc, Win Tunnel Engineered, carbon rim, 32mm depth, Roval AFD hub, CeramicSpeed bearings, 21h/24h|
|Tires||Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm|
|Crankset||Easton EC90 SL Carbon|
|Bottom Bracket||CeramicSpeed 386 EVO|
|Chain||Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XTR M9050 Di2, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano XTR, 11-speed, 11-40t|
|Shifters||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9150 shift levers|
|Handlebars||Easton EC70 AX Carbon Adventure Bar, 16-degree flare|
|Tape/Grips||S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel|
|Brakes||Shimano Dura-Ace, hydraulic disc|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors|
|Saddle||Body Geometry S-Works Phenom, carbon rails, 143mm|
|Seat Post||Command Post XCP, 27.2mm, 35mm of travel|
* Subject to change without notice.