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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 ‘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|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Praxis, external bearings, threaded, 68mm|
|CHAIN||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Linkâ„¢|
|CRANKSET||Praxis Alba M30|
|SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano 105 R7000, 11-speed|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano 105|
|CASSETTE||Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-34t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano 105 R7000, long cage, 11-speed|
|GRIP/TAPE||KMC X11 EL, 11-speed w/ Missing Linkâ„¢|
|HANDLEBAR||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry ToupÃ© Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|SEATPOST||Alloy, 2-bolt clamp|
|FRONT BRAKE||Tektro Spyre Mechanical disc Brake, 160mm|
|REAR BRAKE||Tektro Spyre Mechanical disc Brake, 160mm|
|FRONT WHEEL||Axis Sport Disc|
|REAR WHEEL||Axis Sport Disc|
|FRONT TIRE||Espoir Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm|
|REAR TIRE||Espoir Sport Reflect, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm|
|PEDAL||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose ball w/ reflectors|
Been riding the diverge for around 1.5 years. When deciding to purchase a road bike I did extensive research and looked at many road bikes - what sold me on the diverge was the future-shock. It really does make riding a smooth yet fast process (I could tell the difference straightaway from my usual commuter bike which has no form of suspension). Been on long rides with good climbs and this handles all of it well - especially when roads suddenly go bad as they do in India. Have had very few flat tyres apart from the occasional nail that most tyres also cannot protect you from! From a perspective of speed - one should be able to easily achieve average 30km/hr I'd think especially once out of the city - it may not seem very responsive but its quick as well (in my opinion).
The geometry isn't very aggressive making it ideal for long distance rides and touring as well (one can add panniers etc). Shimano 105 offer a wide range of gears to work with which also operate smoothly.
Overall - a great purchase without any doubt and look forward to many more miles on the saddle with the diverge!
I have been a die hard MTB rider. I took some time to decide on a road bike for the TFN ( 950kms-8days- mixed terrain). BOTS loaned me a road bike to try out for my practice. I could feel all my bones rattle. Almost gave up riding on a road bike- thanks to the folks at BOTS for introducing me to the futureshock- Diverge Comp. Instantly fell in love with this bike. During my practice rides I had to keep telling myself this is not an MTB. It soaks up the gravel side of the roads so well. I was enjoying every bit of my ride, especially the rough ones 😊.
If you are like me, 50+ and looking for endurance/ long distance riding. Just go for this Diverge, you can thank me later. Now to plan for a tour .. add panniers, mudguards & other accessories !👍
My Diverge E5 Comp is riding like a dream.. Have been using it for road cycling and for off roading in village lanes and tracks.. It has handled both with equal ease.. Absolute value for money and a complete killer.. Bums on the Saddle has been excellent with their customer support and back-up.. If ur looking for a gravel bike with all the features of a roadie and an MTB look no further..
It’s going to be more than three weeks and I still haven’t got delivery of my bike so I have nothing to review except hollow assurances