If you can have only one bike that you can use for everything from commuting to bike touring on gravel and dirt roads, you need one of several adventure bikes from Specialized.
Adventure bikes have the comfort and geometry of an endurance road bike and the tire clearance and beefy frame of a cyclocross bike.
It’s a bike designed to ride on any road – or path – surface. With wide tire clearance, rugged design, comfortable yet lively geometry, you can take an adventure bike off on the dirt paths, fire roads, city streets, or anywhere else you can dream about.
These adventure bikes are really about getting out and having fun, riding where the road or path takes you.
Most of the adventure bikes on the market come with disc brakes, not only for the increased stopping power, but the lack of rim brakes allows for wider tires.
Plus these are bicycles that can be loaded up for touring as well as commuting to work.
All of these bikes are available at Ben’s Cycle. Call us at 414.384.2236 or stop into the shop at 1013 W. Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee.
Specialized Diverge Adventure Bike
This is the speedier version of an adventure bike, with disc brakes, and room for 35mm tires. The Diverge has mounts for racks and fenders so it can be used for commuting or touring. It also has Zertz inserts to dampen the vibrations.
Specialized released this video to show what’s possible with the Diverge.
Diverge Adventure Bikes “Inspire You to Broaden Ride Options”
Cycling Tips said the Diverge was a “joy to ride.”
From the moment I stepped over the Diverge I knew this was something wildly different. “Meaty” was the first word that came to mind. The thick top-tube, the chunky Shimano integrated hydraulic brake hoods, the double wrapped bars, and the 32mm tires installed on what are effectively carbon mountain bike rims gave this bike a rock solid feel before I even turned a pedal.
The Diverge encouraged the Cyclingtips reviewer to get off the road and look for new paths and side roads.
I couldn’t help but take small detours on the shoulder and search for side roads off the beaten path. My roots are in mountain biking so I long for this terrain and the Diverge encouraged the uncivilized caveman in me to come out and play.
It’s a bike that inspires you to broaden your ride options and create routes you previously didn’t consider. It has a ride quality suitable for pavement while transforming into an off-road machine that excels on loose gravel roads or tame trails.
Outside Magazine called it a bike that is likely more appropriate for most riders than a road race bike.
Specialized Dolce Evo: Adventure Bikes for Women
Specialized also has the Dolce Evo, an adventure road bike designed for women, with frame sizes beginning at 44cm.
The Dolce Evo has several adventure bike models designed for women who want to ride anywhere, from paved roads to dirt trails and everything in between.
Bicycling Magazine called the Dolce Evo “Ultra-Capable”
The Dolce Evo crushed obstacles I would have never expected a traditional road bike on skinny tires to handle, like rocky, rutted singletrack and gravel roads masquerading as swamps in the driving rain.
Specialized AWOL Adventure Bikes: Ready for Touring
The AWOL is more of a touring bike than the Diverge, with a side wheelbase, slightly more comfortable geometry, and a taller headtube for more handlebar position possibilities.
Bikepacking said the taller head tube gave the reviewer more options for bar positions and bar types.
…the added height of the headtube length created much more versatility in handlebar positioning. On just one frame size of the AWOL I could switch from a shorter taller position for touring, to a low and long position for faster shorter gravel rides. The headtube length, coupled with the longer than average top tube length, also allows plenty of room to build the bike with alternative handlebar styles…
Bikepacking also said the AWOL had a great mix of touring and monster cyclocross attributes.
Think of a traditional touring bike and mix it with the qualities of a monster cross or gravel grinder, then add a whole bunch of techy touring features and you’ve got a Specialized AWOL. Over the 5,000 predominantly dirt road miles I spent riding it on the TAT, averaging over 60 miles a day, I am pleased to report that the AWOL held up to the abuse. It did its job in helping me cross the country as comfortably as one could be on a non-suspended drop bar adventure rig, surpassing my expectations with its predictable steering, stable handling while loaded, and overall ease of piloting.