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The Diverge E5 is equipped with everything you need to head to work, take the long way home, and hit some fire roads on the weekend.
With a completely redesigned frame, the new Diverge is more capable than ever. And with the constant goal to best meet your needs, we took your number one request into account—tire clearance. The new frame will comfortably fit up to 700x38mm tires with plenty of room for mud, too. Along with tire 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 Aluminum frame that's plenty light, certainly stiff for hard efforts, and undeniable durable.
Next up, we moved away from a traditional 'cross geometry, instead opting for something that hasn't been seen before—Open Road Geometry. We know what you're thinking, "it's just another marketing term," but for the Diverge, we truly did develop an entirely new geometry. With a touch less hyperbole, 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-centimeter 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 tires 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, 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.
To add to its multifaceted talents, we topped this Diverge off with three water bottle mounts, plus mounts for racks and fenders, so it's equally adept at long trips as it is to short rides to the local brewery. The Diverge E5 Elite frame is topped off with Shimano Claris shifting, hassle-free mechanical disc brakes, and ultra-strong Axis Sport Disc wheels that are cased in fast-rolling Espoir Sport tires.
|FRAME||Specialized E5 Premium Aluminum, Open Road Geometry, threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat mount disc|
|FORK||Specialized FACT carbon, flat-mount disc, 12x100mm thru-axle|
|CHAIN||KMC X8, 8-speed w/ Missing Link™|
|SHIFT LEVERS||Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano Claris, braze-on|
|CASSETTE||Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano Claris, long cage, 8-speed|
|HANDLEBAR||Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp|
|STEM||Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Toupé Sport, steel rails, 143mm|
|SEATPOST||Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware|
|FRONT BRAKE||Tektro Mira, flat mount, mechanical disc|
|REAR BRAKE||Tektro Mira, flat mount, mechanical disc|
|FRONT WHEEL||Axis Sport Disc|
|REAR WHEEL||Axis Sport Disc|
|FRONT TIRE||Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm|
|REAR TIRE||Espoir Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, double BlackBelt protection, 700x30mm|
|PEDAL||Nylon, 105x78x28mm, loose balls w/ reflectors|
Bought this bike in December 2015 and so far have clocked 17000kms with many international rides too. I love the pricing of this bike which even though runs Claris (groupset doesn't matter for endurance and gravel rides and saves me money when I have to replace cassette and chain) has premium feel like the disc Brakes, thru axle, very efficient hubs, super sturdy rims and tyres that roll super fast (even though 30c).
Special mention about the rims since I have done certain long bad stretches and these hold up pretty well without any mech issues while all other bikes were falling apart with spokes breaking, rim bending, hubs cracking etc.
I miss the 105 groupset a lot sometimes when I like to sprint, and I wish many a times that I must have gone for the 105 variant in the diverge (comes with a future shock). Upgrading groupset in this bike later is an expensive option. So if you need 105, go for the other variant. But all in all, the diverge is a best buy among available endurance bike options in India and I do not repent this even once.