2019 Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon X1 Carbon / Oil Slick


Price £3,200.00 Regular price £4,250.00

• FACT 9r carbon frame
• Future Shock
• 20mm of travel

Quick Spec

 • FACT 9r carbon frame

• Future Shock

• 20mm of travel

• Roval C38 Disc wheels

• Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready tyres

• SRAM Force 1 groupset

• SRAM Force brakes

• S-Works CG-R seatpost

• Nylon pedals w/reflectors


If you’re like us, the last thing that you want is your bike holding you back from having the ride of your life. If you see rough roads or flowy singletrack, we want you to ride it, not think, “That looks fun, but I can't do it on this bike.” Specialized were tired of having their fun being restricted, and that's why they developed the new Diverge Expert X1. Now, you can get out there and not only explore new roads, but entirely new rides—we promise that the bike won’t be a limiting factor.

The Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs, they took your number one request into account—tyre clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x42mm (or 650b x 47mm) tyres with plenty of room for mud, too. Along with tyre clearance, weight was a large factor in the development, and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix, they developed a FACT 9r carbon frame that’s one of the lightest in its category.

Next up, they moved away from a traditional ‘cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn’t been seen before—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-centimetre 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 tyres with lower pressures can absorb, in terms of bumps. With this in mind, they implemented a new version of the 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, it's been topped off with three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and 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. And for the spec, they made a no-compromise build, with a full SRAM Force 1 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, Roval C38 carbon wheels, and fast-rolling 700x38mm Sawtooth tyres.

  • The FACT 9r carbon frame features 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 FACT carbon fork is plenty stiff, aiding in handling and a light overall weight.
  • Yep, that's right—carbon wheels on an Expert-level bike. The Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels bring performance to the masses. They're lightweight, durable, and ready for your next adventure.
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FRAME Specialized FACT 9r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat-mount disc, BB386

FORK Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle

FRONT WHEEL Roval C38 Disc

REAR WHEEL Roval C38 Disc

INNER TUBES Presta valve, 48mm

FRONT TYRE Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm

REAR TYRE Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready, 700x38mm

CRANKSET Praxis Zayante carbon 1X



SHIFT LEVERS SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc w/ ICJ

REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM Force 1, long cage

CASSETTE SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42t

CHAIN KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

FRONT BRAKE SRAM Force, flat-mount disc

REAR BRAKE SRAM Force, flat-mount disc

HANDLEBARS Specialized Adventure Gear Hover; 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12d flare

TAPE S-Wrap Roubaix w/ sticky gel

STEM Specialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt

SADDLE Body Geometry Phenom Expert, hollow titanium rails, carbon fiber base, 143mm

SEATPOST S-Works CG-R, FACT carbon fiber, single-bolt, 27.2mm

SEAT BINDER Diverge collar for carbon frames

PEDALS Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors