Narrowing down a bike that can do it all used to be tough going. Sure some work well as a road bike and a 'cross bike while others are good at commuting and some short road riding but until the Diverge nothing out there was astute at every kind of riding subject. The Diverge E5 Comp however is made for exploring new roads commuting to class and everything in between. It redefines what a road bike can do so ride wherever you want - this bike doesn't take "no" for an answer.
The Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs we took your number one request into account - tyre clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x38mm tyres with plenty of room for mud too. Along with tyre clearance weight was a large factor in the development and taking some design cues from the development of the Roubaix we developed an E5 Premium aluminium frame that's plenty light certainly stiff for hard efforts and undeniable tough.
Next up we moved away from a traditional â€˜cross geometry instead opting for something that hasn't been seen before - our Open Road Geometry. You can think of it as a road version of modern trail bike geometry. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts. The geo features a bottom bracket that's over a half-centimetre lower than the previous Diverge a slacked-out head tube angle short chainstays and a short wheelbase. These changes make for a bike that's not only fun in the dirt but also performs well on the road.
And while riding gravel and dirt roads on a road bike may add to the adventure there's only so much that wider tyres with lower pressures can absorb in terms of bumps. With this in mind we implemented a new version of our Future Shock into the Diverge design. It not only soaks up bumps with ease but also adds the benefit of extremely predictable handling. That's because the wheelbase isn't lengthening when you hit a bump so the front end of the Diverge keeps the same effective head tube angle. In other words when you dive hard into a turn you won't be surprised by under-steer or sloppy handling. Unlike the original Future Shock (found on the Roubaix) the Diverge's version features a progressive spring that makes this technology more suitable for off-road applications where stiffer suspension is often needed to soak-up larger bumps and obstacles.
Adding to its multifaceted talents we topped it off with three water bottle mounts plus mounts for racks and fenders. For the spec we wanted to make sure that it shifted crisply and braked smoothly mile after mile so you'll find a crisp and reliable Shimano 105 groupset hassle-free Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes and an Axis Sport Disc wheelset.
|Frame||Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, threaded bottom bracket 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc|
|Fork||Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 R7000, long cage, 11-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Shift Levers||Shimano 105 R7000, 11-speed|
|Chainset||Praxis Alba M30: 48/32T|
|Bottom Bracket||Praxis, external bearings, threaded, 68mm|
|Chain||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t|
|Stem||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|Handlebars||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|Front Brake||Tektro Spyre Mechanical disc Brake, 160mm|
|Rear Brake||Tektro Spyre Mechanical disc Brake, 160mm|
|Tyres||Espoir Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm|
|Saddle||Body Geometry ToupÃ© Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|Seatpost||Alloy, 2-bolt clamp|
|Pedals||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors|
|Grips /Tape||Specialized S-Wrap|
|Wheels||Rear: Axis Sport Disc
Front: Axis Sport Disc