Description. So we were super excited to try the new Diverge E5. Firstly, the gravel riding around Girona (where the launch was held) is mesmerising: get a trip booked if you can (once all this craziness is over, obviously). Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Disc Road Bike 2021 â¦ While the real fun starts where the road ends you still need a bike that’ll get you there. Ask us to Price Match it now. Specialized 2021 Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Gravel Bike in Black A 40T chainset spins along with a SunRace 11-42T cassette. There are nine standard models in total and two flat-bar offerings, but more on those later. We tossed gravel geometry âstatus-quoâ out the window. — 8 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT AN ALL ROAD ADVENTURE BIKE —. As usual, the S-Works sits at the top of the pecking order. The final carbon offering is the Base, kitted out with SRAM’s 1x 11-speed Apex groupset. To compare, the previous generation Diverge offers quite different geometry. Both EVO models also come with an X-Fusion Manic Dropper seatpost with 50 mm of travel. The full FACT carbon fibre fork keeps overall weight low and takes the sting out of road imperfections with ease. And here’s some more sweet music: gone is the PF30 bottom bracket while the prodigy child — a 68 mm BSA threaded bottom bracket — has returned. Swap those road tyres out for whatever takes your fancy for off-road duties, and you’ve got a bike that can take on an amazing variety of different surfaces. They’ve introduced slacker head tube angles across the board (0.5 degrees slacker). This could definitely be the option for you. The Elite ships with a GR400 groupset where the Base is decked out with a Shimano Claris groupset. This is easily the bike’s main selling point, and is equally likely to be a drawcard or a turn-off for many, depending on how you feel about the need for a bit of ‘bounce’ up front. It provides playful handling and predictable steering for endless dirt skids and mid-corner drifts but keeps stiffness up to snuff for your inner-racer. Speed, control and confidence - Future Shock 1.5 is the ultimate â¦ The Comp Carbon has all the same finishing kit as the Expert but forgoes the Di2 GRX groupset for the mechanical offering in the form of Shimano’s GRX 810. I’m often irritated when brands omit fender or rack mounts, especially as it’s an easy part to get right. if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; These offer, in Specialized’s words, “aggressive tread for aggressive riding on aggressive trails”, and that matches the suggested ethos of the EVO nicely. Venturing onto skinny tyres to test the Specialized Diverge E5 Comp to see if it can take the gong for best commuter/gravel whip for those dedicated mountain bikers. t.async = !0; Starting with premium e5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork we gave the Diverge Comp e5 our future shock 1.5 for a fast confident and comfortable ride on road in the dirt and over thick gravel. It’s definitely got a race-orientated edge to it, and keeps you on your toes in trickier sections. Itâs the ultimate getaway vehicle. From the first gravel section we hit it instantly had me changing my view on the bike. Toe overlap should be a thing of the past as a result. Below the S-Works eTap sits the Pro model, with a FACT 9r carbon frame. At the end of the day, it’s just a damn fun bike to ride. Thru-axles are regular 100×12 and 142×12 front and rear respectively. After all, Specialized has designed the carbon post in conjunction with the new frame for a reason. First and foremost its fun and always down for a good time but with our fast and stable Open Road Geometry and plenty of tire clearance it redefines the possibilities for adventure on a drop-bar bike. Check, check and check. Specialized: â¦ Oh, and the engineers have had enough time on their hands to put together a version of the bike that some would say is creeping in to ‘jumping the shark’ territory. Tyre clearance has also been beefed up, now offering room for up to 700 x 47 mm or 650B x 2.1″ (approx 53 mm) rubber. A bike that performs equally well over both the dirt and road. The Specialized Diverge lineup has seen some major updates for 2021. t = b.createElement(e); It’s more than stiff enough, and it’s predictable, nimble and positive when cornering. Again wheels are from Roval: this time the Roval Terra CL in 32 mm wrapped in Specialized’s 38 mm Pathfinder Pro in a very fetching transparent/tan sidewall. But all of these are to be expected and once you get a few corners under your belt it’s relatively predictable. 0. If you just want the frameset, then the S-Works is your only option. The Comp E5 still gets a Future Shock headset where the lower two models — the Elite E5 and the Base E5 — don’t. It’s built with SRAM Force eTAP ASX matched to a SRAM X01 Eagle rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1295 Eagle 12-speed 10-50T cassette. Specialized wanted to ensure that the new Diverge E5 rides comfortably, shifts crisply and brakes smoothly for years to come. Fond memories, a pleasant experience, a top-tier bike? Specialized Diverge E5 Comp 2021 Adventure Road Bike The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. Along with a bottom bracket that’s over a half-centimeter lower than the previous Diverge. fbq('init', '212006399362301'); Price: US$10,000 / AU$16,000 / £8,899.Frameset price: US$4,200 / AU$6,000 / £3,499. The top tubes are now noticeably longer, with reach figures increasing anywhere from 10 mm to 19 mm depending on frame size, and they’re matched with shorter stems, too. Code : 290927303316. The frame also differs — it’s made with Specialized E5 alloy, but the top tube is 30 mm longer than the standard Diverge geometry (size medium). It straddles the road/gravel divide by being racy on the road while offering more than a dollop of stability and confidence on the gravel. But come the second day, the gearing came into its own. I personally like SRAM’s eTap and the way it works. It’s not as nippy as a Roubaix, but I could see people putting some light wheels and 30/32 mm road tyres on and being perfectly happy doing big road rides with it. E5 Expert EVO price: US$2,600 / £2,399 / AU$4,100E5 Comp EVO price: US$1,600 / £1,599 / AU$2,500. The Diverge has everything you need for pretty much any pedal-powered adventure—whether its gravel racing, bike packing or weekend shredding. The first day I probably used fewer than half the gears available and wished I had one or two other options slotted in the middle on a few occasions. 2021 Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Gravel Road Bike - Gloss Tarmac Black. The Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Disc Road Bike 2021 is no longer available, although you may find similar or newer versions below. When it comes to weight, the top dog S-Works model with Specialized’s FACT 11r carbon, in a 56 cm size fully painted, is claimed to sit under 1,000 g. Drop down a level to the Comp, Expert, and Pro models that use FACT 9r carbon and the weight increases by 100 g. For the Base and Sport models that use the FACT 8r carbon, you’re adding another 200 g but also losing the addition of the hidden SWAT box. View Options & Buy. It’s easy to do on the fly, even on gravel. Nor will a more road-worthy cross bike for that matter. Brakes are flat mount with the fork designed around larger 160/180 mm rotors instead of the more commonly found 140/160 mm. The third iteration of Specializedâs modern-day gravel bike arrives with a plentiful line-up to prove The Big S continues to be more than all-in on drop-bar bikes designed to go places. n.queue = ; Specialized Diverge Comp E5 in Gloss Black is an aluminium gravel bike with Futureshock vibration damping and Shimano GRX groupset ... Have you found the Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Gravel Bike 2021 - Black Cheaper? There’s space for up to six cages: two inside the front triangle, one on the underside of the downtube, two on the fork legs and a set of bosses on the top tube. The fact we were riding far more technical and challenging gravel sectors than the day before safely balanced things out. The drop on the Easton EC70 carbon bars felt natural and with bags of spots to place your hands when in the drops. The Tracer tyres are superb on rougher terrain — they sure helped get me to some places I wouldn’t have bothered on slightly narrower tyres. With a longer front centre, longer chainstays, slacker head tubes and increased fork rakes, the wheelbase lengths increase from 22 mm for a 49 cm frame up to a whopping extra 40 mm in a 61 cm. Indeed, I’d claim we were venturing close to MTB territory in several parts of the ride. But it turned out to be the X-Fusion Manic dropper post that really swayed my opinion of the bike. The S-Works, Pro, Expert, and Comp Carbon models all get the updated Future Shock, while the Future Shock 1.5 — an older version without hydraulic damping (or the ability to firm it up while riding) — is found on the Comp E5, Sport, and Base Carbon offerings. 2021 Specialized Diverge Expert E5 EVO. Kudos to Specialized though, as shortly after the launch, a 2021 S-Works Diverge found its way into our test fleet and has been hogging this tester's thoughts and saddle time ever since. I see the new Diverge as a bike perfectly aimed at those who want a bike that can do it all without thinking about the route too much. Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Evo is a flat bar gravel bike with Futureshock vibration damping and dropper seatpost for a super cool gravel bike View Basket Have you found the Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Evo Gravel Bike 2021 - â¦ Specialized Diverge Elite E5 Disc Road Bike 2021 â¦ The third iteration of Specialized’s modern-day gravel bike arrives with a plentiful line-up to prove The Big S continues to be more than all-in on drop-bar bikes designed to go places. Comp E5 price: US$2,100 / AU$3,000 / £1,999Elite E5 price: US$1,600 / AU$N/A / £1,599Base E5 price: US$1,100 / AU$N/A / £949. 2021 Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Gravel Road Bike - Gloss Tarmac Black. Interest Free Finance (18 â¦ Saddle: Body Geometry Power Sport, steel rails. Indeed Specialized hardly touched upon it in the launch event presentation. Bags of room for up to 700 x 47 mm tyres. I was pleased to see that the new post works with the rest of the bike, in that it never dulls the sharpness of the rear end but just quietens down the road noise that’s transferred to you. It again tidies up the look of the frame and realistically has room for what you’d usually stuff in a small saddle bag: a tube, CO2 canister and a small multi-tool. For the 2021 model year, Specialized redesigned their popular Diverge gravel bikes. It has plenty of space for racks, mounts and bottle cages should you want to fit them. The staff at cycle store have always had a bit of a soft spot for the things coming out of the Californian lab and we loved the previous Diverge. Stealthy black, thru-axle wheels, rack and mudguard ready too. The new diverge â¦ I know there’s plenty of people out there who may want a dropper post, but personally, I just don’t get it. There’s new geometry, an updated and damped Future Shock headset that has migrated over from Specialized’s 2020 Roubaix, room for wider tyres, a longer wheelbase and that external lunchbox has magically vanished from the base of the main triangle. All Gravel bikes are delivered free to the UK mainland, 365 day returns & Price Match. The fork offset has been increased by 5 mm and the stem is short, meaning the length â¦ — ALL NEW SPECIALIZED TURBO CREO SL BLOG —. Access is via a clip-off cover that the bottle cage is attached to. The top-of-the-line mish-mash of SRAM’s top MTB and road groupsets worked faultlessly for me. The Diverge Elite E5 utilizes our premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork for a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. With the Roubaix, I always wished it had a complete lockout as opposed to just stiffening it up. The reach has grown by 13 mm (size 56), increasing the wheelbase by 38 mm. — HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR FRIENDS CYCLING IS THE BEST SPORT EVER —. Available in 3 colours, there’s something for everyone with this bike. Starting with its road capabilities, the bike felt as road-orientated as a gravel bike can with 38 mm tyres. On the first day I almost felt like 16 degrees of flare was too much and too wide for the road and tame gravel. s = b.getElementsByTagName(e); Specialized has given its Diverge platform a solid shake-up. The $2,500 Diverge EVO Comp looks like the ultimate all-terrain commuter machine. But it was that dropper post that had me wondering about the new Diverge’s gravel capabilities. Despite the new wider downtube it remains faster than the previous Diverge, but it’s certainly not an aero bike, either. The Specialized Diverge Comp E5 Evo Gravel Bike 2021 is no longer available, although you may find similar or newer versions below. The first day we took on a pretty sedate 75 km-ish gravel ride. These two tyres obviously changed the characteristics of the bike. It’s hard to argue with the range of SRAM’s “Mullet” group, but on the road I was still hunting for smaller steps between each shift. You also lose the new carbon seatpost in exchange for a pretty standard-looking single-bolt carbon post. Uphill the lightweight build came into its own. The new Diverge is longer and slacker, but not lower. Specialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12 flare. You really can feel confident on a variety of terrains. The new Diverge has certainly jumped high up the list as a possible replacement. Specialized Diverge Comp E5 2021 Features Premium E5 Aluminium frame provides a stiff, light, and durable platform. The question is: who’s this for and is there a market? Future Shock 2.0 is no different to the Future Shock that is found on the Roubaix, however, the 20 mm of adjustable hydraulically dampened suspension travel seems more at home on a gravel bike than it does on a road bike. 2021 Diverge Models The new Diverge drops with an army of models. The Comp E5 comes with Shimano’s GRX 810 mechanical groupset, and would seem to be a great little option for those entering the world of gravel bikes for the first time. It ticks plenty of the boxes I’m looking for in a well-rounded gravel bike. Specialized Diverge 2021 is a very interesting bike. if (f.fbq) return; Specialized Diverge Base Carbon Disc Road Bike 2021 Product ID: (80651) £2,599.99 . It's fun to ride thanks to a quality frameset and sorted geometry, and the Future Shock tames the bumps for a smooth route across the trails. My test bike for two days, the S-Works eTap. Out of Stock. Over the two days of riding, we used two different sets of tyres. With an updated geometry that includes a longer reach and wheelbase, as well as a slightly slacker head tube angle and increased fork offset, it feels more confident and stable on descents and at speed. Perhaps most interesting is that where we’ve previously seen Specialized keep its own handlebars and seatposts across all bikes, the new Diverge sees a few external brands come into the fold. Like the S-Works, the Pro gets Easton EC70 AX Carbon 16-degree flare bars. The entry-level Diverges — the Base E5 and Elite E5 alloy models — feature boring rigid fork steerers. Season : 2021. The down tube is designed to give you the stiffness where you need it with it’s rounder over sized profile. With cross & gravel bikes becoming increasingly popular, it wasn’t ever going to be long before all road bikes began to take off. But let me delve into the finer details first. The one item that stands out on the S-Works over every other model is that it’s the only one that comes equipped with a dropper post (controversial): the X-Fusion Manic Dropper, with 50 mm of travel. No dropped stays; instead, there’s a solid carbon section of the drive-side chainstay that allows for enough room to accommodate a 47 mm tyre. I’ve slowly come to realise though that a lot of that is down to where I live and the riding on offer. Let me lay out a few facts before I delve into my first impressions, as they may have had affected my impressions of the bike. The only problem I can see with it is it’s something else to go wrong, especially if you’re a rider who takes on marathon adventures that take you to far-flung places over multiple days. It’s a neat addition, but realistically it’s not a storage area you’d want to be delving into on every ride. When mated to our full carbon FACT fork, the Diverge Comp E5 becomes a light, lively and versatile bike ready to attack any surface. Speed, control and confidence - Future Shock 1.5 is ideal technology for the gravel rider. Longer and slacker it may be, but Specialized has balanced that with a long 55 mm fork offset across all frame sizes, meaning the rather quick trail figure (61 mm for a 54 cm) is much the same as before. Their do-everything gravel bike sees a completely redesigned frame, updated geometry, a new Future Shock 2.0, and increased tire clearance for up to 700 x 47mm and 650B x 2.1â³ rubber. There are 11 of them, priced from $1,100 (Diverge E5) to $10,000 (Diverge S-Works). The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. The head angle is also one-degree slacker (70 degrees) than the rest of the drop-bar range. It is not a hardcore, racy gravel bike like Cervelo Aspero, but at the same time, it is not a fully off-road, MTB gravel bike like for example BMC URS. The EVO range will only be available in three sizes: small, medium and large. On the second day, though, just like with the gearing, the bars came into their own and that extra width was appreciated. n.callMethod.apply(n, arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments) The Diverge Comp premium E5 alloy frame provides a stiff, light, and durable platform coupled with a full carbon FACT fork, the Diverge Comp E5 becomes a light, agile and versatile bike ready to attack any surface from road to thick gravel. The 2021 Specialized Diverge range encompasses 11 bikes and one S-Works level frameset. I was disappointed as I know Specialized can nail a plush and comfortable rear end — the new Roubaix I tested last year proved this. I’ve been on the lookout for a gravel bike since some scumbag decided that my previous one was to their liking. 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