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Specialized Diverge STR 2023, all you need to know before buying a new bike Specialized Diverge STR 2023 strengths flaws performance opinions and much more!

 

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Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road test review Build quality

The Specialized Diverge STR has a very high overall quality, excellent assemblies, as well as the range of sizes available.

Not taken in the weight.

It is not a cheap bicycle, but very valid, of quality and a new benchmark in the sector.

  

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road Test Review Frame

The frame is completely new and is perfectly made.

New rear suspension.

Complex frame, complex and non-economic periodic management.

Three assemblies, all expensive, excellent sizes available.

From a qualitative and innovative point of view, everything is at the top, but you pay dearly ...

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road Test Assemblies Review

Three assemblies, all of quality.

Unfortunately, there is no real entry level economic version, the cheapest is 7500 euros and weighs over 10 kg, all too much.

The 15 thousand euros for the 8.5kg top-of-the-range version are just as high.

The technology is a lot but you pay a lot for everything.

  

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road test Comfort review

The top today among gravel bikes, needless to add more.

The well-known fork is excellent and the rear shock absorbing system is equally excellent.

It is not a full mtb, even superior, but compared to other gravel bikes the ride comfort is very high and absolutely excellent for the category.

Even better than all endurance and mtb front bikes.

It remains behind only full mtb.

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road Test Review Guide

Like the Specialized Diverge, the Diverge STR is also a very intuitive and easy to ride, safe bike.

On paved roads, the high ride comfort, precision and stability of the bicycle are appreciated.

Even off road comfort remains high and, compared to competitors, it is easier to ride and control the bicycle on very rough terrain.

Valid and safe downhill stability.

Good braking.

A very pleasant bicycle to ride at a tourist pace, but also at a high pace, where it instills a lot of safety and a desire to be more daring.

It seems to travel on a track, always everything under control.

This also allows the novice to go very fast, especially off road, where the driving effort becomes really minimal.

Compared to other gravel bikes it is not only much more comfortable, but also much easier to drive off road and much less tiring.

The real advantage of the full suspension frame is that.

In conclusion it is true that it costs, but at least in off road, it is much easier to drive than its competitors.

  

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road test review Performance

The overall heavy weight of the bicycle is its Achilles heel.

The frame is also rigid, but then some of the performance vanishes to move a bike that is not light at all and becomes heavy when you analyze the competitors for the same price.

In off road, especially technical and difficult, it has no rivals, the advantage of the suspension is undeniable.

Only an experienced biker can do better with competing gravel bikes, but the rest of the athletes will always be faster with this frame.

On the asphalt road, on the other hand, he loses the challenge with all the competitors, a heavy bicycle, too much to be competitive on the asphalt road and least of all on a climb.

It therefore remains a competitive gravel bike on truly technical routes, almost like a mountain bike, while where you can let the bike run it is at a disadvantage compared to other models. 

Specialized Diverge STR 2023 Road test review Pros and cons

A very expensive gravel bike but of excellent quality and with very high performance, especially in very technical and difficult off road.

It is the top for safety, ease of driving and ride comfort.

Its flaw is the price and weight.

A gravel bike that is very close to a full mtb, more than a real gravel bike, perfect for 100% off road routes, even very difficult.

On asphalted road it is inferior to the competitors.

An expensive bike, sometimes one wonders if a mtb is not better at this point ...

 

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