Gravel bike with flat bar now "invented"

ultrazenith

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The boffins in the bike industry have just invented something totally new, building on their gravel bike innovation of recent years: the flat bar gravel bike. With a frame made of metal instead of plastic.

The Diverge EVO has been penned to push the limits of what was previously considered achievable on a gravel bike. Boasting flat bars and a more progressive geometry layout, it offers a slacker, 70-degree head angle, a five millimetre lower bottom bracket and an additional 30mm longer reach over the regular drop-bar model. It will be available in two guises, Expert and Comp.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/specia ... d2VBHPrJsg
 

Woz

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Doesn't this all get a bit tiresome?

"The rhetoric behind Future Shock hinges around what Specialized calls axial compliance. By positioning the shock above the headtube, the engineers have been able to create a rigid platform that promotes better compliance, performance and response - suspend the rider, not the bike."

Is that basically a Girvin Flexstem then? A floppy hinge with a rubber doorstop that dynamically
changes the riders position over every bump :facepalm:
 

FluffyChicken

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They'll be adding knee joins and elbow joints to act as suspension to your body next. Also a floppy hinge, but with an 'AI controlled feedback loop' damper attached.
 

ultrazenith

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Next they'll find gravel riders need short travel suspension forks, maybe with 65 mm of travel, and fluorescent lycra for the riders because it makes you go faster.
 

RickTheUncivil

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I think it's the 5mm lower bottom bracket that will really take us to the next level of performance. I used to yearn for a fractionally lower BB and had to run part worn tyres at a couple of psi below the recommendation try to achieve it. No more!
 

ovlov440

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This is symptomatic of how the MTB scene has been for a number of years. Too many 'standards', too many different niches, too many heads up own arses. Winds me up.
 

Woz

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Re: Re:

RickTheUncivil":1dy8teve said:
I think it's the 5mm lower bottom bracket that will really take us to the next level of performance. I used to yearn for a fractionally lower BB and had to run part worn tyres at a couple of psi below the recommendation try to achieve it. No more!

That's right. The price of this luxurious performance increase is:

"With pricing pegged at £2,399 for the Expert and £1,599 for the Comp, the Specialized Diverge EVO is expected to go on sale in the UK in late June."

I'm just dumbfounded how this can be justified. :?
 
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