You have to admit that when it comes to women’s bicycles, Polygon’s move to introduce the Divine models is somewhat late to the game. To be fair, most manufacturers these days are shying away from gender specific models, recognising the fact that all men and women come in different shapes and sizes, and therefore the need to restrict cyclists to specific models isn’t really necessary.
In this day and age, customising is the next big thing, because this gets you a very specific fit to your body rather than the other way around, regardless of whether you are male or female. There’s nothing quite like riding a bike made just for you, and your own personal unique geometry.
However, one has to recognise that going down the custom route gets pretty expensive, particularly if you want a top quality make bicycle frame. Most of these options are of the steel variety, with the price spiralling upwards if you want a better quality finish or if you opt for a more expensive material like titanium. And let’s be honest, there aren’t many companies that will offer custom carbon frames either - not at a good price anyway.
Polygon’s Divine models however get around this by giving you a pretty good package, in the exact size that more petite women need their bikes to be. Considering the price for a fully built bike, the Divine R7 actually presents pretty decent value for money.
However you choose to look at it, recognising demand from smaller sized folk was a good idea regardless. Perhaps the next step for Polygon is accepting that there are men who don’t always fit into the size stereotype either.
Starter Shimano 105 groupset, carbon frame with strong and lightweight carbon fork with alloy steerer. Full internal cable routing, Di2 compatible for future upgrades. Tubeless-ready alloy wheelset and 28mm tyres. One catch: Divine R7 comes in a single size 47. Handlebar options: 380mm and 400mm, Stem options: 60mm or 80mm.
The Divine R7 is a completely different creature than the R5, with more aggressive angles better for suited for the attacking riding position, with a shorter top tube and shorter chain stay - a good racing bike.
The carbon frame and geometry resulted in a nice amount of stiffness for explosive sprints or sustaining cadence on long flats. The R7 climbs well too, powering up inclines without too much effort or power loss; manoeuvres fairly well, taking twists and turns confidently like a champion.
Not quite pretty in pink
Although the frame may not be predominantly pink, it does have the tell tale subtle hues that signal the bike belongs to a cyclist of the fairer sex.
If I was in the market for a good quality, performance carbon road bike with pretty decent stock components, I’d probably be quite tempted to buy this - making a trip to my favourite air brush painter immediately after. But it doesn’t really matter what colour it is, it’s a great bike regardless.
Highs: Rides well, affordable package with quality components, upgrade friendly.
Lows: Single size only, no colour options.
Verdict: Quality road bike for women who struggle to find their size in unisex options.
Weight: 8.1kg (without pedals)
Frame: Carbon ACX Performance Road, 130mm O.L.D, Internal cable routing, Di2 ready
Fork: Carbon ACX Performance Road, alloy taper steerer
Groupset: Shimano 105 R7000 (50/34, 11-30T)
Wheels: Entity XL3 Tubeless ready
Finishing Kit: Schwalbe Lugano tyres 700x28c, Entity Xpert alloy handlebars 380mm/400mm, Entity Xpert alloy stem 60mm/80mm, Entity Xpert alloy seatpost 27.2x350mm, Entity Xpert Gel saddle