Back for 2022, the entry into the world of Gravel from Specialized is the Diverge E5. True to its roots, this is a bike designed to make you want to take the long way back from work, or, on that perfect morning maybe even the long way into work! Ticking almost every box it is also ideal for that weekend family ride where you want to do a bit of trail exploring with gravel and tarmac sections. At the same time, it is well equipped for the slightly more serious or gnarly rides, for when the mood takes you. Therefore, It's the ideal 'one bike' for those looking for that one general bike they can do a bit of everything on. Built with flat-mount, mechanical, disc brakes the E5 provides reliable stopping power even in the very worst of conditions so you can be sure you'll always have control. The premium aluminium frame, which has an honourable lifetime warranty, is built to provide comfort, stiffness and power without losing its lightweight core. The Fact carbon fork offers a level of comfort and weight reduction in the front end whilst also improving the responsiveness of the handling, and this all sums up to a sturdy base to tackle anything you can throw at it. The E5 Diverge is finished off with a Shimano Claris 8-speed groupset that gets the job done and offers enough gears to spin up the hills and race down them whatever the occasion or weather.
Whether your goal is to escape on gravel back roads, far from cars and crowds, toe the start line at your first gravel race, or simply get the most versatile bike on the road or dirt, no bike is better than the new Diverge. It’s quite simply the fastest, most capable - and just maybe the most fun – alloy bike Specialized have ever made, delivering a ride that’s quick and lively, but stable and confidence-inspiring when the terrain gets rough. With all-new gravel geometry and category-leading tyre clearance, the new Diverge represents everything Specialized has learned over more than 40 years of riding road, gravel and dirt. The Diverge writes an entirely new chapter in the gravel bike category, so you can dream up entirely new rides. It’s the ultimate getaway vehicle.
The Base E5
With a premium E5 alloy frame and a full carbon FACT fork, the Diverge Base E5 delivers a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. Shimano’s Claris 2x8 group gives a wide range of gears for any terrain, while Axis Elite alloy wheels and Road Sport 35mm tyres provide an efficient ride on the pavement with the versatility for hard-pack dirt riding. Specialized has given the Diverge plenty of rack mounts, including fork and top tube mounts, to ensure you can take what you need, no matter how far you plan to go, or how long you plan to stay out. Nothing unlocks a bike’s capability like tyre clearance, so Specialized gave the new Diverge a whopping 47mm of tyre clearance with a 700c wheel and 2.1” with a 650b wheel. Thanks to a drive-side chainstay utilizing a machined alloy beam behind the chainrings Specialized has created clearance without using a fragile dropped chainstay design or increasing chainstay length.
Frame - Specialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminum, threaded BB, internal routing, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
Fork - FACT carbon, full carbon steerer, 12x100 mm thru-axle, flat-mount
Bottom Bracket - Shimano 68mm threaded
Seat Binder - Alloy, 30.8mm
Front Wheel - Axis Elite Disc
Rear Wheel - Axis Elite Disc
Front & Rear Tyre - Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c
Inner Tubes - 700x28/38mm, 48mm Presta valve
Crankset - Shimano Claris R200
Chainrings - 46/34T
Shift Levers - Shimano Claris 2000, 8-speed
Front Derailleur - Shimano Claris, 8-speed, braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Claris, 8-speed
Cassette - Sunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t
Chain - KMC X8 w/ Missing Link™, 8-speed
Front & Rear Brake - Tektro Mira, flat-mount, mechanical disc
Handlebars - Specialized Shallow Drop, 6061, 70x125mm, 31.8mm clamp
Tape - Specialized S-Wrap
Stem - Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Saddle - Body Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails