The blazing sun of the plains beats down on the Flint Hills of Kansas. From the start, ten miles out to the top of Road D Hill, you can look back and see a long line of hopefuls consigning themselves to a punishing tour of the worst roads Kansas has to offer. But you know that the FACT 10r carbon frame and fork of the Diverge Pro combine the lightweight speed, handling, and compliance of Specialized's top road machines with off-road touches, like vibration-damping Zertz and massive tire clearance, to make taming your favorite stretch of terrible tarmac a breeze. Roval Control SCS wheels accelerate like you know carbon hoops should, and when paired with high-volume Roubaix Pro tires there's not a patch of chip seal or gravel road in the world that you can't handle. And would you expect anything less than Shimano's lauded Dura-Ace on a pro-level ride? Shimano's flagship road drivetrain provides the smooth, near-telepathic shifts that have defined the gruppo since its inception. Plus, braking is handled just as admirably with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. Cockpit components and ergonometrics are handled by Specialized's own Body Geometry components, featuring a Ti-railed Phenom saddle and FACT carbon CG-R seatpost to smooth out the path forward.