And by “new wheels”, I don’t really mean new wheels. Why would you want new wheels if you can get something even better?
Something like… This:
Now please, I wouldn’t like you to get a wrong picture about me. I generally don’t like to brag, but hey! It’s a new bike! 🙂 I can’t tell you how happy I am these days, I’ve been waiting for it since august. At first I was told it would arrive a month ago, but it took a bit longer for some reason. It kept me on edge for a while, but eventually it arrived and I’d like to thank Eurobike for getting it to me as fast as they could. Their attitude was super fun and professional as well, something you sadly don’t get in every bike shop around here.
So what is it, what’s it called? As you might have guessed already, it’s a Specialized Diverge Elite. Light aluminium frame with a carbon fork, mechanical disc brakes, 28 mm tyres and a Shimano Tiagra groupset. You can see from the picture that the top tube slopes down significantly, making it a more forgiving, easy to ride bike. The “adventure road bikes” as they have been called provide a great solution for the likes of me – riders who might not only be interested in high speed racing, but want comfort and security over any type of surface, road or gravel.
That was one of the biggest high points when I was looking for a new bike. I don’t really have deep pockets and racing isn’t my priority. I seldom push myself very hard. However I do enjoy a bit of speed here and there and even though my previous bike (a Felt QX 70 hybrid) gave me everything I needed, I just wanted some more speed and flashiness.
The Diverge was perfect for me for a number of reasons:
- it’s just the kind of bike I wanted, not too race-oriented, but still fast
- looks devilishly good with the red add ons
- coming from Specialized, it was easily available for preorder
- the price was just right
- it also comes with bag mounts front and rear, which makes it travel-ready, something I’d like to take advantage of next season
So what’s it like to ride, I hear you ask. Perhaps I’m not the best person to pass judgements as I’ve not ridden any other road bikes before. I can only compare it to my Felt and after two days and about 120 kms I’ll say this: it’s a rocket. It just wants to keep going, it never wants to stop. It feels light, nimble and responsive. It tackles dirt roads with ease. I’m not sure if the Zertz Insertz are to blame here, but the bike smooths up the bumps nicely and is a pleasure to ride. Just a shame that my legs can’t push it anywhere near it’s limits. Yet. 🙂 The new seating position is something to get used to, but it’s easier than I expected it to be. I spent 4 hours on the bike yesterday and felt no major pain anywhere, despite the setup not being what it should be yet. Perhaps that’s just my tender age protecting me.
Going forward into the 2016 season, I’m to do multi-day trips with this thing and if everything falls into place (especially about time and money), there will be many more cycling pleasures and with it, blog content as well. I based this blog around the new bike and now it’s just a matter of willpower and imagination to make it work.
As winter approaches I’ll try to tweak the bike a bit more and keep turning the pedals as much as the weather allows. New pedals are on the way to replace the placeholder plastic one I’ve currently got, plus I’ll have to fiddle with the seating setup to find the perfect fit. As this is an M size frame and I’m right on the border between S and M, a shorter stem could be needed as well. Here’s hoping for more sunny days and fun times with the Diverge. 🙂
A whole new world has just opened up, so check back soon to see what’s going on. And don’t forget to check out some more photos of the bike before you go. 🙂