The Diverge versus the Crux: Which one should you get?
The grin on my face won’t stop and I don’t want it to. The dust building up on my legs and arms is indicative of the dry nature of our area, but also that it is going to be a good day. I’m pedaling up the Micro Loop in the Bear Claw Poppy Reserve for the first ride on my brand new gravel bike. So far it’s been a smooth, and despite the head wind, fast spin, but the downhill is what I came for.
I top out at the end of Jay’s Wash and turn to climb up to the point on Stucki. The bike continues to delight, being both smooth, agile and quick. At the point, I stop and snap a couple of pictures, still stoked on the ride, the weather and this bike. I jump on and that grin grows so big it almost breaks my face. The trail is fast and this bike can handle it. Even with the smaller than a modern mountain bike tires, it delivers confidence and plenty of giggles. I find myself looking for small rocks to boost off of and that tailwind that was a hindrance is now a good shove on my back accelerating my ride.
I’m 100% hooked!
The bike industry tends to niche itself almost to death. The idea of a “gravel” specific bike didn’t exist until recently and now it’s all the rage. To the point that Specialized actually has two gravel bikes, the Diverge and the Crux. And while being designed for the same terrain, the bikes are surprisingly different.
But of course, we are just talking about nuances, both of these bikes rock.
Which one should I buy?
Well, that depends.
I’ve owned and extensively ridden both the Diverge and the Crux in the S-Works versions. Both bikes are incredibly capable, but have different strengths depending on what your idea of “gravel” is.
Either way, Diverge or Crux, I feel comfortable guaranteeing they will put a gravel eating grin on your face. You really can’t go wrong.
Written by lukas brinkerhoff
Lukas, AKA Moose Knuckler, has been cycling for years. He spends his weekends cycling, running, and camping. He currently rides around on a Santa Cruz Chameleon and you can usually find him eating Peanut Butter Pro Bars.