Specialized Diverge STR Expert review – Gravel Bikes – Bikes

The Specialized Diverge STR retains the excellent ride quality and impressive versatility of the previous-generation bike, adding a rear ‘suspension’ system that, while divisive, is genuinely effective.

Setting up the Future Shock Rear system is a slightly fiddly and involved process but, once dialled in, it offers a smooth gravel riding experience unlike anything else.

Some will baulk at the complexity of the system and, while it performs perfectly, this base model’s build isn’t competitive for the price.

That aside, the Diverge STR is a hugely versatile and comfortable gravel bike that will be equally at home cosseting the delicate rear of bike path trundlers or spicy go-fast gravel racers.

What is the Specialized Diverge STR?

The Diverge STR is a ‘full-suspension’ gravel bike.
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The Future Shock is a small suspension system that sits between the stem and head tube, improving comfort by suspending the rider’s hands.

Specialized first introduced the Future Shock with the Bike of the Year-winning 2016 Roubaix. It then ported the tech over to the Diverge gravel bike in 2017

Future Shock is very good.
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I was initially sceptical about Specialized’s claims regarding the system, but was won over after riding the last two generations of the Diverge. It really is very good at reducing fatigue and, in certain scenarios, improving control, winning plaudits among many testers.

The Diverge STR introduces Future Shock Rear. As the name implies, this is a suspension system designed to suspend the rider’s backside, improving comfort.

Brands build rear-end compliance into gravel bikes through a variety of means. Dropping the top tube to expose a large amount of seatpost that can easily flex is the simplest way to accomplish this.

The STR takes this concept to the extreme, essentially turning the whole seat tube into an extended flexible seatpost.

With Future Shock Rear, a conventional seatpost slots into a flexible ‘frame post’. This is clamped low down on the frame and is designed to provide up to 30mm of rearward flex.

This, in turn, is connected to a hydraulic damper integrated into the top tube. This controls the rebound and compression of the system.

That’s only a brief overview of a moderately complex bit of tech – head to our original news overview for an in-depth look at how it works.

Specialized Diverge STR spec overview

The entry-level build gets a GX Eagle/Rival AXS mullet build.
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The Specialized Diverge STR Expert is the base model in the Diverge STR range.

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ATG joins Repairify to increase unmatched automotive specialized teaching excellence

Knowledgeable instructors and comprehensive curriculum will include benefit throughout both of those collision and mechanical repair spaces

PLANO, Texas, July 6, 2022  /PRNewswire/ — Repairify™, Inc., a portfolio firm of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”), now introduced the acquisition of Automotive Education Group (ATG), a top technical education business acknowledged for its unmatched curriculum and seasoned instructors.

With live and digital classes made available in all 50 states and internationally, ATG is committed to automotive pros by supplying remarkably specialized training backed by top quality educational resources and knowledgeable educators.

“ATG is recognized across the automotive technical coaching globe for the excellent good quality of its curriculum and trainers, and we believe that they are agent of the excellence we strive for just about every day,” reported Cris Hollingsworth, President of Repairify Holdings, Inc. “As we carry on our progress trajectory, building out education and enhancement muscle mass to profit shoppers and our significant community of experts will be a important achievement aspect.”

Founded in 2004, ATG has observed good results in the sector by presenting its specialized classes in an understandable and interesting fashion that problems even the most professional experts. Curriculum is designed with a diagnostic strategy, combining OEM help information with true-world technician practical experience using actual situation reports in which doable.

“ATG is thrilled to be becoming a member of the Repairify family members of models, and we seem forward to starting to be a worldwide centre of excellence,” claimed Tim Flannery, CEO of ATG. “We are assured our automotive coaching expertise will considerably advance Repairify’s aim of getting a a person-prevent resource in the aftermarket.”

For additional details about ATG, take a look at www.atgtraining.com.

About Repairify, Inc.

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Repairify, Inc., is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC. The Repairify family members contains asTech, adasThink, Auto Technologies (AMT), Automotive Training Group (ATG), BlueDriver, FleetGenix, MobileTechRX, and One Guard Inspections. For extra information, please take a look at repairify.com.

About Automotive Schooling Group

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