Can I have sidebar links that don't resolve an url to a route

I have a forum that has discovery.latest set as homepage. I still want to render custom landing components at the root URL /of the forum and a plain list view on the specific /latest route.

This works well toggling between the title link on the header and the Latest link on the navbar:

It doesn’t work with the sidebar links though because they use logic to resolve an url to a route. I could hack this by using URLs that don’t get resolved by Discourse, but are still resolved by the browser. E.g:


And then toggling from the sidebar works as well:

But this is likely fragile and requires additional styles to highlight the active links.

Would someone know a cleaner way to distinguish between /and /latest on the sidebar?