New Specialized Diverge STR review: Is smoother indeed faster?

We reviewed the new line of Specialized's gravel bikes with front and rear Future Shock

North American Editor Anne-Marije Rook test riding the all-new Specialized Diverge STR
(Image credit: Specialized)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Capable, comfortable steed that's ready to go long, be it at a race or simply to explore. But the extra bells and whistles may not be everyone's cup of tea and the $7,000 to $14,000 buy-in price is preventative for most.

Reasons to buy
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    Unique, hydraulically dampened suspension

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    Responsive frame

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    Great tire clearance - 700c and 650B compatible

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    SWAT storage

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    Comfortable ride

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    confidence-inspiring handling

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    Great component packages

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Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive, even at the entry level

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    The fit and ride feel takes some time to set up

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    Suspension isn't for everyone

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"100mm more travel and I can do away with my mountain bike!" I joked to my fellow bike journalists upon seeing the new Specialized Diverge STR.

Following the trend of turning gravel bikes into increasingly more capable, suspended steeds, the all-new Specialized Diverge has gotten a major make-over! The Diverge STR — unveiled today— now features both front and rear Future Shock suspension. 

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