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Specialized’s new Diverge STR is a full-suspension gravel bike with 30mm of rear travel

Specialized’s new Diverge STR is a full-suspension gravel bike with 30mm of rear travel

Specialized has launched the Diverge STR, an updated version of its versatile gravel bike featuring a new Future Shock Rear design, consisting of a flexible…

Thursday, Oct 20

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Specialized has launched the Diverge STR, an updated version of its versatile gravel bike featuring a new Future Shock Rear design, consisting of a flexible frame post, damper and tendon.

The Future Shock Rear design has a frame post that’s held in place low down the seat tube. When riding, the frame post will flex back and forward, providing up to 30mm of travel, helping to increase efficiency and reduce fatigue.

The aluminium tendon connects the frame post to the damper in the top tube, which controls the compression and rebound, preventing the flexing post from throwing you out of the saddle.

The gravel suspension system is said to be tailored to counteract the small bumps and impacts one can expect while gravel riding , enabling you to remain seated over bumps to retain traction and power.

The Diverge STR has much in common with the 2021 Diverge , sharing the same Future Shock 2.0 system in the head tube, 47mm tyre clearance (with 700c wheels ) and the down tube SWAT storage compartment. But thanks to the new Future Shock Rear and an adjusted geometry, Specialized says the Diverge STR is the most capable gravel bike it has ever made.

Specialized claims the Diverge STR reduces vibrations at the saddle by 20 per cent, compared to the previous Diverge.

It also happens to be the brand’s most expensive gravel bike, costing £13,000 / $14,000 / €15,000 in its S-Works guise. That’s £1,700 / $1,000 more than the 2022 Specialized S-Works Crux .Alongside the S-Works […]

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